What is Koshari?
Koshari is a traditional Egyptian vegetarian dish that is very popular in Egypt. It consists of the unlikely combination of macaroni, spaghetti, rice, black lentils, chickpeas, garlic sauce and a spicy tomato chili sauce, all topped with fried onions. It is sold from carts by street vendors and five-star restaurants.
What is the origin of Koshari?
Some suggest that Koshari is a variant of Indian Kitchri, brought to Egypt by British troops in the early 20th century. Other theories suggest that Egyptian Jews, stemming from their kosher dietary requirements, may have popularized Koshari in Egypt.
Recipe and directions for Koshari:
Ingredients: 3/4 cup brown lentils, 4 cups water, 3/4 cup uncooked long grain rice, 1 cup elbow macaroni, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, 2 large onions, chopped, 4 cloves garlic, minced, 1 (15.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste, Salt and pepper to taste
Combine the lentils and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer over medium heat for 25 minutes. Add the rice to the lentils, and continue to simmer for an additional 20 minutes, or until rice is tender.
Fill a separate saucepan with lightly salted water and bring to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain.
Meanwhile, heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir until onion is lightly browned. Pour in the tomatoes and season with red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Simmer over medium heat for 10 to 20 minutes.
In a large serving dish, stir together the lentils, rice and macaroni. Mix in the tomato sauce until evenly coated.