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Koshary - Egypt Dish

Katie Quinn

Here's one of the most popular dishes in Egypt: koshary! Essentially, it's lentils, rice and pasta topped with a tomato-onion mixture = great comfort food.



  • 3/4 cup lentils
  • 3/4 cup uncooked long-grain rice
  • 1 cup of elbow macaroni pasta
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 large cloves or 4 small cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Let's get Cooking...

  1. Combine the lentils and 4 cups of water in a saucepan and bring to a boil on the stove, then to a simmer. Let simmer for 25 minutes.
  2. Then, add the rice to the lentils and simmer for another 20 minutes until the rice is tender.
  3. Cook the elbow macaroni (boil for 8 minutes, then drain).
  4. Meanwhile, heat a couple tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft and slightly browned.
  5. Then mix in the tomatoes, salt and pepper, then stir. Let simmer 20-30 minutes. (NOTE: I did see some recipes that included a couple tablespoons of vinegar in this step. In retrospect, I think it would be a great addition!)
  6. Mix together the cooked macaroni with the lentils and rice. Put that on a plate, topped with the tomato and onion mixture....and ENJOY!