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Koshari|Kushari EgyptianStreetFood
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Koshari / Kushari

Koshari or Kushari is a very popular Egyptian Street Food that is made with Rice, lentils
and Pasta which is then topped with a spicy tomato sauce and caramelized onions.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: African, Egyptian
Servings: 4 People


To make Koshari –

  • Rice – 1 cup
  • Lentils brown – ¾ cup (I used Masoor dal with skin)
  • Elbow pasta or any small pasta – ¾ cup
  • Onions – 2 large thinly sliced
  • Cumin powder – ½ tsp
  • Nutmeg powder – ¼ tsp
  • Oil – 4 tbsp
  • Salt – to taste

To make the tomato sauce –

  • Tomato sauce – 1 can 15 oz
  • Onion – 1 small chopped finely
  • Garlic – 2 cloves finely minced
  • Cumin powder – 1 ½ tsp
  • Cinnamon – ½ tsp
  • All spice – ¼ tsp
  • Nutmeg – ½ tsp
  • Red chili powder – 2 tsp or adjust based on your spiciness level
  • Vinegar – 2 tbsp
  • Salt – to taste

To serve –

  • Caramelized onions
  • Boiled chickpeas – 1 cup optional


  • Heat a wide pan and add about 3 tbsp of oil. Sauté the onions until well caramelized and dark brown.
  • Remove almost 3/4th of the caramelized onions and drain it on a paper towel and keep aside.
  • To the remaining onions in the pan, add about 3 cups of water and bring it to boil.
  • To this add the washed and drained lentils.
  • Once the lentils are ½ way done, add the rinsed and drained rice.
  • Add the cumin powder and nutmeg powder to the boiling rice and lentil along with salt.
  • Cook them until done (about 30 mins). Keep aside.
  • In another pan boil about 3 cups of water and cook the elbow pasta until al dente. Drain and keep it aside.

To make the sauce –

  • Heat a pan with about a tbsp of oil. Add the chopped onion to it and sauté until translucent.
  • Now add the garlic and sauté for 2 more mins.
  • To this add the vinegar and bring it to a boil. Once the vinegar boils, add the canned tomato sauce along with salt and rest of the seasonings.
  • Let the sauce boil and then simmer and reduce until it is thick (about 20 mins).

To assemble –

  • Layer the rice and lentil on the bottom of the plate.
  • Then add a layer of pasta.
  • Add a layer of spicy tomato sauce.
  • Top with caramelized onions and boiled chickpeas.
  • Scoop a big spoonful of everything together and enjoy this tasty and delicious dish!!!