Pharaoh's Feast: Authentic Egyptian Koshari

Embark on a culinary journey to the heart of Egypt with Koshari, a beloved street food and a symbol of Egyptian culture. 

Layered with rice, lentils, pasta, and topped with a spicy tomato sauce and crispy fried onions, this vegetarian dish offers a medley of textures and flavors. 

Every bite is a delightful mix of the hearty grains, the tang of the tomato sauce, and the crunch of the onions, taking you straight to the bustling streets of Cairo.

A delightful plate showcasing the Egyptian Koshari in all its glory, with layers of rice, lentils, and pasta, generously topped with the spicy tomato sauce, and adorned with crispy fried onions.

Precise Preparation and Cooking Time

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 40 minutes

The Number of Servings and Ideal Serving Size

  • Yields 4 servings.
  • Ideal Serving Size: 250g per serving.

Essential Nutritional Information

  • Calorie Count: 350 kcal/serving
  • Macronutrients:
    • Proteins: 12g
    • Carbohydrates: 65g
    • Fats: 5g
  • Sodium: 300mg
  • Dietary Fiber: 8g

Ingredients, Measured in Grams

  • Rice: 200g
  • Brown lentils: 150g
  • Small pasta (macaroni or similar): 150g
  • Tomatoes (for sauce): 400g
  • Onions (for frying): 150g
  • Garlic cloves: 10g
  • Vinegar: 20ml
  • Chili powder: 5g
  • Cumin: 5g
  • Olive oil: 30ml
  • Salt and pepper: To taste
A preparation scene displaying the raw ingredients for Koshari, arranged neatly, ready for the culinary magic to unfold.

A Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Rinse the rice and lentils separately under cold water. Cook them in separate pots with ample water until they're soft.
  2. Cook the pasta as per the package instructions.
  3. For the sauce, heat some olive oil in a pan. Add minced garlic and sauté until golden. Add finely chopped tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Simmer until the sauce thickens.
  4. Thinly slice the onions and fry them in olive oil until they become crispy and golden brown.
  5. In a serving bowl, layer the rice, lentils, and pasta. Pour the spicy tomato sauce over the top and garnish with the crispy fried onions.
A heartwarming skillet view, where the tomato sauce is simmering to perfection, surrounded by aromatic spices.

Proven Tips for Culinary Success

  • For an added depth of flavor, cook the rice in vegetable or chicken broth.
  • Serve Koshari with a side of chickpeas or boiled eggs for additional protein.

Anticipated FAQs

  • Can I use any other type of lentils? Brown or green lentils are preferred as they maintain their shape after cooking. Red lentils might become too mushy.
  • How can I make the dish spicier? Increase the amount of chili powder or add some chopped green chilies to the tomato sauce.