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Koshary, an Egyptian dish


½ cup cooked basmati rice (cooked in 1 cup of water with sprinkle of salt and tsp. sunflower cooking oil for about 15 minutes) 

1/2 cup cooked small elbow pasta (cooked in 1 1/2 cup water with sprinkle of salt and tsp. sunflower cooking oil for about 15 minutes) 

1/2 cup cooked brown lentils (cooked in 1 1/2 cup water with sprinkle of salt and tsp. sunflower cooking oil for about 15 minutes) 

1 canned chickpeas, washed, and socked in hot water with dash of salt for 10 minutes 


Tomato sauce: 

2 tbsp. sunflower cooking oil 

1 onion, blinded  

dash salt and black pepper 

1 tsp. coriander powder 

1 can tomato paste 

2 tbsp. white vegetable vinegar  


Fried onion: 

1 big onion, sliced into thin pieces and dipped in all-purpose flour with dash of salt 

1 cup sunflower cooking oil 



For the Koshary: drain and mix all the ingredients (rice, elbow pasta, brown lentil, chickpeas) in this part together in a pan and keep it on a lower heat.   

For the Tomato Sauce: roast the blinded onion in a 2 tbsp. of sunflower cooking oil in a pan. Add the canned tomato sauce and mix it well with the roasted onion. Add a dash of salt, black pepper, and coriander powder to the mix and mix it well. Add the 2 tbsp. of white vegetable vinegar to the mix and let it cook for 5 minutes on a low heat.  

Heat a 1 cup of sunflower cooking oil in a pan and fry the onion slices until it turns to dark golden-brown color and drain them on a paper towel.   


Serving the Koshary: 

In a medium size bowl, serve the mix of Koshary (rice, elbow pasta, lentil, and chickpeas) and top it with a thick layer of the unique tomato sauce and sprinkle it with a good amount of fried onion and enjoy! 


This recipe is enough for one person. For more than one person you may double the amount of each ingredient.  



Koshary is a famous traditional dish in the Egyptian streets. This dish contains lintel, rice, pasta, and chickpeas; topped with a unique tomato sauce cooked with white vegetable vinegar and sprinkled with fried thin slices of onion. It is a simple and easy dish to make in a short time and for a large amount of people and is made of simple ingredients that can be found in any grocery store. This dish considers as a vegetarian dish since there’s not any type of animal protein used in the recipe.  


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