Koshari…كشرى

Koshari is a dish that originates from Egypt and is regarded by some as the national dish of the country. With Egypt being a multi-cultural country from the mid 19th century the dish is a blend of Indo-Italian cuisines. With the rice and lentil originating from India and the macaroni coming from the Italians this dish has become a favourite in the country. Made from ingredients available to everyday people this dish was enjoyed by all classes.

This recipe is Vegan Friendly!

Ingredients

1 Tablespoon of oil (vegetable or olive)
200g Brown lentils
200g Pasta shells (macaroni is the best to use)
200g Basmati Rice
2 Onions, finely diced
4 Clove of Garlic, minced
400g Chopped tomatoes
Crushed red chilli pepper flakes (to your own taste)
Salt and Pepper

Method

1. The first step to do is wash your lentils and then add them to a saucepan filled with salted water, bring it to the boil and reduce the heat, make sure your pot is covered with a lid. Cook like this for around 20-30 minutes, it may vary depending on the type of lentils you choose to use.

2. Once the lentils are quite soft and tender add the rice to the lentils and continue to cook the rice on a low heat. During this process you can begin to cook your macoroni in a seperate pot filled with boiling water.

3. Rinse the macaroni and add it to rice and lentil mix once it has finished cooking.

4. The next step is to start the tomato sauce for the Koshari, you can start this by frying the onions and garlic until golden. Once it is golden add the chopped tomatoes, chilli flakes and salt and pepper, you will need to let this cook for around 10-20 minutes. It will become sauce like and very thick once it is completed.

(Optional) 5. You can leave the tomato sauce as it is or blend it in a food processor until it becomes smooth.

6. To plate up place some of rice mix on a plate and ladel the tomato sauce over it, you can garnish with chilli flakes and add some seasoning if required.

*Remember to taste the dish as you are going along, and if you don’t like any heat/spicy avoid the chilli flakes. If you wanted you can also garnish with chickpeas and fried onions.

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