Egyptian Koshary

Egyptian Koshary

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"This recipe is one of the most famous recipes in Egypt. It's a traditional food that is delicious and savory."

Ingredients 1 h 50 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 359 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 359 kcal
  • 18%
  • Fat:
  • 3.4 g
  • 5%
  • Carbs:
  • 69.2g
  • 22%
  • Protein:
  • 12.4 g
  • 25%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 677 mg
  • 27%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in rice; continue stirring until rice is coated with oil, about 3 minutes. Add 3 cups water and 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender and liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Stir in the macaroni, and return to a boil. Cook the macaroni uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the it has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain well in a colander. Return macaroni to cooking pot, cover and keep warm.
  3. Soak lentils for 30 minutes. Drain and rinse; drain again. Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a pot and stir in lentils. Bring to a boil; cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer until lentils are tender 15 or 20 minutes. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the onions in the oil, stirring often, until they begin to brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Onions should be a nice caramelized brown color. Add garlic and cook another minute. Remove from pan, drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
  5. Place half of the onion mixture into a saucepan. Mix in the vinegar. Add the chopped tomatoes and tomato paste, black pepper, 2 1/2 teaspoons salt, cumin, and cayenne (if using). Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer about 12 minutes.
  6. Serve by placing a spoonful of rice, then macaroni, and then the lentils on serving plates. Sprinkle with some of the browned onions, then top with tomato sauce.
Tips & Tricks
Black Beans and Rice

Easy seasoned black beans and white rice, it’s the perfect meal.

Old School Mac 'N Cheese

This is homemade mac 'n cheese just like grandma used to make.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Note:
  • To save time, you can prepare the lentils the day before and reheat before serving.
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umzaibi
7/27/2009

my husband is egyptian and this is the first egyptian meal i cooked for him, he loved it, but also i made a beef stew onthe side to go with it , which was so good, takes time to cook but it was worth it :)

mellow_everest
6/18/2009

I spent a month in Egypt last year and this was very similar to the koshary we bought in street stalls every couple of days. The only addition that I would make to complete it is French fried onions as a topping and a side of hot sauce. Thanks for the recipe.

Leigh Anne Chong
3/9/2011

We loved it!