Egyptian Koshari (Kushari)

Written by Asma

December 6, 2020

With a combo of a myriad of nutritional and flavorful ingredients, this Egyptian Koshari (Kushari) recipe takes you to a short trip to Egypt to try one of the most popular affordable Egyptian recipes that you can ever find, Koshari.


Indeed, Koshari is a traditional Egyptian dish that people also call "Kushari". And this recipe combines pasta with peas, fried onions and tomato sauce served on a mesmerizing bed of brown lentils and rice.
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Course: General, Lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine: Egyptian Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 270kcal


  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 2 cups of white rice, uncooked
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 packet of ebow pasta
  • 1 cup of lentils, previously soaked in water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 5 pieces medium onion
  • 2 pieces garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 4 pieces tomatoes, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, ground
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper


  • Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a saucepan over a medium to high heat.
  • Add the rice and stir for a few minutes until it is completely coated with oil, then add three cups of water and a teaspoon of salt
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low
  • Cover the saucepan and cook for about 25 minutes, until the rice is tender and absorbs all the liquid.
  • Boil the pasta in lightly salted boiling water (approximately 8-10 minutes) until Al Dante.
  • Drain in a colander and return to the pot; then cover and set aside
  • Soak the lentils in water for about half an hour, then filter and wash twice. Add two cups of water, then add the lentils and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Cover the saucepan, reduce the heat to quiet, and cook the lentils until soft, then add half a teaspoon of salt.
  • Add a tablespoon of oil to a large frying pan and heat. Add the onions and cook over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes, until the onions are browned.
  • Add teh garlic and cook for an additional minute, then strain the mixture on kitchen paper
  • Take half of the onion mixture and put it in a saucepan.
  • Add the vinegar, chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, black pepper, two teaspoons of salt, cumin and cayenne pepper, and bring to a boil.
  • The mixture should be thick and similar to sauce. If the consistency of a paste, add half a cup of boiling water
  • Reduce teh heat to medium to low and cook for 15 minutes.
  • To serve, spread the plate in layers: place a ladle of rice and top it with a ladle of pasta, followed by the same amount of lentils
  • Sprinkle the top with a little bit of fried onion and garnish with tomato sauce
  • Serve and enjoy your delicious Koshari


Nutrition Information
Calories: 270, Fat: 4g, Carbohydrates: 47g, Protein: 6g, Dietary Fiber: 3.1g


Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Fiber: 3g
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