Cuisine : Egyptian Food Recipes
Course : Main Course
Type : Savory Recipes
Skill Level : Beginner
Egypt is known and famous for the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Ancient Egyptian civilization. But that is not all what Egypt is famous for. When you visit Egypt, you get to experience a lot of different things. You get to explore the culture, the superb weather, and more importantly, the food.
You simply can not visit Egypt without giving into trying the delicious recipes and dishes. Among those dishes is Kushari. Koshari is one of the most famous dishes in Egypt. It’s super delicious, and packed with flavors, and best of all, it’s suitable to everyone, as it’s vegan and vegetarian friendly. It is made from simple ingredients, that, when put together, create something absolutely majestic!
You may be wondering how in the world will you get the chance to try that dish in particular when you visit Egypt? Well, the answer is very simple. The opportunity will most certainly present itself almost anywhere you go in Egypt. Why is that, you may ask? Because Koshary is considered as a fast food dish!
I mean, yes, you can still eat other fast food such as burgers and such, but when you are in Egypt, why not get the full Egyptian experience? Of course, there are other Egyptian fast food options other than Kushary, such as Fo’ol and the ever so famous Falafel, but you can’t just skip enjoying a nice dish of Kushary.
If your heart is aching right now because you’re thousands of miles away from Egypt and you’ll not get the enjoy this dish, we’re here to help you.
Below you will find the most amazing and authentic kushari recipe on the internet, written from the heart by a true Egyptian, for your enjoyment.
- 3/4 cup uncooked long grain rice
- 1 cup of cooked chickpeas
- 3/4 cup brown lentils
- 2 large onions, thinly sliced
- 2 Tbsps. of minced garlic
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 can tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup elbow macaroni
- 1/2 cup spaghetti
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1/4 tsp red pepper
- 1 Tbsp. flour
Place lentils in water with 1/3 tsp cumin and 1/3 salt and bring it to boil in a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat for 20 minutes or until cooked and drain, reserving the water.
Meanwhile, in a deep dish, cover the sliced onions with water and mix well, separating the onion then drain.
Add the 1 Tbsp. of flour and 1/3 salt to the onion and combine.
In a frying pan, heat up the oil then add the onions, frying and stirring constantly until the onions are deep golden brown.
Strain the onions and spread on a paper towel, reserving the frying oil.
In a cooking pot, heat 2 Tbsps. of the frying oil then add the washed uncooked rice. Stir until rice is well coated and the moisture is gone.
Add the reserved lentils hot cooking water to the rice and cover the rice with boiling water until the water covers 1 inch above the rice.
Add 1/2 tsp salt and stir. Bring to a boil then cover and cook over the lowest heat possible for 20 minutes.
In a large pot of boiling water, add 1/2 tsp salt and cook the pastas or according to the package instructions.
Meanwhile, prepare the tomato sauce by heating up 2 Tbsps. of the frying oil.
Add 1 Tbsp of minced garlic and stir until translucent, then add 1/4 cup of vinegar.
Boil the mixture then add the tomato sauce. Season with 1/3 tsp cumin and 1/4 tsp salt. Cook until thickened and reduced.
To make the famous Koshari garlic vinaigrette: In a small saucepan heat 2 Tbsps of the frying oil then add 1/2 Tbsp of minced garlic. Once translucent, add the remaining vinegar and 1/2 cup of water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the remaining 1/2 Tbsp of minced garlic, 1/3 tsp cumin, red chili pepper (optional) and 1 Tbsp of the tomato sauce. Season with salt to taste.
Drain and rinse the cooked pastas and coat with the remaining 2 Tbsps. of frying oil. This adds shine, flavor, and cohesiveness to the pasta.
Layer and serve warm!
This is how the dish is served in Egypt: 1 - A layer of the rice and lentils mix. 2 - Macaroni layer. 3 - Special tomato sauce layer. (Don't put too much at first so you'd be able to put more later on if you want). 4 - Boiled chickpeas layer. 5 - A layer of fried onions.