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...
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.
Then, add the rice to the lentils and simmer for another 20 minutes until the rice is tender.
Cook the elbow macaroni (boil for 8 minutes, then drain).
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.
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!)
Mix together the cooked macaroni with the lentils and rice. Put that on a plate, topped with the tomato and onion mixture....and ENJOY!