Kushari

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(Egyptian pasta, rice and lentils with tomato sauce)

Kushari is a simple yet healthful dish of pasta, rice and lentils widely sold in small Egyptian restaurants and roadside stands. With its full complement of protein, a spicy topping of tomato sauce and crispy fried onions, kushari is often considered the Egyptian national dish.

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Kushari was originally a poor man's dish, but nowadays kushari is enjoyed by all strata of society. Variously spelled koshari, kosheri, koushari or koshary.

4 servings

Ingredients

  • Rice -- 1 cup
  • Macaroni pasta -- 1 cup
  • Lentils -- 1 cup
  • Oil -- 2 tablespoons
  • Onion, chopped finely -- 1
  • Garlic, minced -- 2 to 3 cloves
  • Tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes -- 2 cups
  • Pepper flakes -- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon
  • Salt and pepper -- to taste
  • Oil for frying
  • Onion, sliced thinly -- 1
  • Salt and pepper -- to taste

Method

  1. Cook the rice and 2 cups of water in a covered pot until done, about 20 minutes. Cook the macaroni according to package directions, or until al dente. Simmer the lentils and 2 cups of water in a covered pot until tender, 30-45 minutes.
  2. While the rice, pasta and lentils are cooking, heat the olive oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onions and garlic and sauté until the onions are translucent and wilted, 4-5 minutes. Stir in the tomato sauce and pepper flakes, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10-15 minutes, add a little water if necessary. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  3. Heat about 1/2-inch of oil in a heavy skillet. Add the sliced onions and fry until they turn brown and crispy. Drain on paper towels.
  4. Place the rice, macaroni and lentils in a large bowl, season with salt and pepper and stir together gently with a fork. Portion the mixture into individual bowls and spoon some tomato sauce over each portion. Top with crispy fried onions and serve hot or at room temperature.

Kushari Variations

  • Try other types of pasta: penne, bucatini, ditalini.
  • Kushari is often served with a spoonful of cooked chickpeas on top.
  • Stir in some meat like cooked chunks of schawarma, chicken or lamb.
  • Serve with slices of lemon for individual diners to squeeze over their portions as they like.
  • Add a little ground cumin, cinnamon or baharat spice mix to the simmering tomato sauce if you like.
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Kushari

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I came across this recipe by accident looking for meatless dishes to prepare for Lent. I'd never heard of Kushari before, but was intrigued by the ingredients. I slightly adapted the recipe and wrote about it here on my blog.

It was an inexpensive delicious dinner. Thank you for the recipe.

This is not only delicious,

This is not only delicious, but totally a lifesaver to people trying to save money on groceries- everything is a pantry staple!

yummy and healthy!

Agreed that it is an inexpensive dish and really fills you up too! If anyone is wondering, I'd recommend using brown or french green lentils and short grain rice. Here's a link to my recipe if you're interested in more details and pictures.
http://veenasmarket.wordpress.com/2011/02/02/on-the-streets-of-egypt/