Koshari is a through and through Egyptian dish. It has been cooked for generations.It was inspired by an Indian dish that was brought to Egypt during the British rule there. Today it is considered Egypt’s national dish, read along to find out how you can cook it in your own kitchen. First of all we should clarify what you’ll need.
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 235 g medium grain rice
- 1/4 teaspoon red chile flakes (omit if you don’t like it spicy hot)
- 1 tbs red wine vinegar
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Crispy Onion Garnish:
- 2 large onions, very finely sliced
- Oil for deep-frying
- 425 g can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Salt to taste
- For the Sauce:
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 195 g brown lentils
- 210 g small macaroni noodles (uncooked)
- 475 ml vegetable stock
- 1 garlic clove, quartered
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 small onion diced finely
- 2 cloves garlic finely minced
- 425 g 15 oz can plain tomato sauce (cooked/pureed tomatoes)
- 2 tsp baharat spice blend
In a saucepan, heat two tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Continue by adding the rice and sauté it for two minutes. Next, pour in the vegetable stock and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan, and let it simmer for 15 minutes or until the rice is fully cooked.
Rinse the lentils under cold water and place them in another medium saucepan along with two cups of water. Add the garlic, cumin, and bay leaf to the lentils. Bring the mixture to a boil and then lower the heat to a simmer. Cover the saucepan and let the lentils cook for about 20-30 minutes until they become tender. Once cooked, add salt to taste and stir to combine. If needed, strain any excess liquid from the lentils.
In a medium saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. After that, add the rice and sauté it for 2 minutes. Next, pour in the vegetable stock and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan, and let it simmer for approximately 15 minutes or until the rice is fully cooked.