Egyptian Koshari


Lentils, rice and pasta are cooked and then served in a spicy tomato sauce. This is a typical Egyptian dish that is very good and cheap over here! Puree the sauce in a food processor if you like a smoother texture.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
4 servings


  • ¾ cup brown lentils

  • 4 cups water

  • ¾ cup uncooked long grain rice

  • 1 cup elbow macaroni

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 large onions, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste

  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine the lentils and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer over medium heat for 25 minutes. Add the rice to the lentils, and continue to simmer for an additional 20 minutes, or until rice is tender.

  2. Fill a separate saucepan with lightly salted water and bring to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain.

  3. Meanwhile, heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir until onion is lightly browned. Pour in the tomatoes and season with red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Simmer over medium heat for 10 to 20 minutes.

  4. In a large serving dish, stir together the lentils, rice and macaroni. Mix in the tomato sauce until evenly coated.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

469 Calories
8g Fat
81g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 469
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Sodium 187mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 81g 29%
Dietary Fiber 15g 52%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 16mg 82%
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 8mg 43%
Potassium 704mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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