This recipe is one of the most famous recipes in Egypt. It's a traditional food that is delicious and savory.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr 35 mins
total:
1 hr 50 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in rice; continue stirring until rice is coated with oil, about 3 minutes. Add 3 cups water and 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender and liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.

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  • Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Stir in the macaroni, and return to a boil. Cook the macaroni uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the it has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain well in a colander. Return macaroni to cooking pot, cover and keep warm.

  • Soak lentils for 30 minutes. Drain and rinse; drain again. Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a pot and stir in lentils. Bring to a boil; cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer until lentils are tender 15 or 20 minutes. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the onions in the oil, stirring often, until they begin to brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Onions should be a nice caramelized brown color. Add garlic and cook another minute. Remove from pan, drain on a paper towel-lined plate.

  • Place half of the onion mixture into a saucepan. Mix in the vinegar. Add the chopped tomatoes and tomato paste, black pepper, 2 1/2 teaspoons salt, cumin, and cayenne (if using). Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer about 12 minutes.

  • Serve by placing a spoonful of rice, then macaroni, and then the lentils on serving plates. Sprinkle with some of the browned onions, then top with tomato sauce.

Cook's Note:

To save time, you can prepare the lentils the day before and reheat before serving.

Nutrition Facts

359 calories; protein 12.4g 25% DV; carbohydrates 69.2g 22% DV; fat 3.4g 5% DV; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 677.2mg 27% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/27/2009
my husband is egyptian and this is the first egyptian meal i cooked for him he loved it but also i made a beef stew onthe side to go with it which was so good takes time to cook but it was worth it:) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/12/2011
Sorry we did not care for this one. The texture of the pasta with the rice kinda threw us off. Read More
(5)
29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
07/27/2009
my husband is egyptian and this is the first egyptian meal i cooked for him he loved it but also i made a beef stew onthe side to go with it which was so good takes time to cook but it was worth it:) Read More
(38)
Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2009
I spent a month in Egypt last year and this was very similar to the koshary we bought in street stalls every couple of days. The only addition that I would make to complete it is French fried onions as a topping and a side of hot sauce. Thanks for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2011
We loved it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/28/2015
I make koshary quite a lot, and this is a good recipe. As a rule for cooking rice, use 2:1 water to rice, and it should turn out perfect without needing to be checked or to add more water. You cut time by making things simultaneously (cooking macaroni, lentils and rice on separate burners) and the sauce in another pan. It takes about 15-20 min. cooking time and 10 min. prep. time then. Serve with kababs, chicken and mulokhia, and fattoush salad for a rounded out meal. Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2013
My husband would really prefer to never eat lentils. However there is an Italian tradition (I'm Italian he's not) of eating lentil soup on New Year's Day to ensure prosperity in the coming year so he has to put up with them one day a year. This year I thought I'd try something a little different and found this recipe. Hubby loves tomato so I thought this might work. I cooked the lentils and the rice in a chicken veggie broth for extra flavor the pasta I used was some leftover pastina (really small pasta used for soups) and the tomato I used was leftover homemade pizza sauce. It was fantastic! My husband loved it and I could probably get him to eat it a couple of times a year because I love lentils and would like to be able to have them more often. Thanks for this one! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
11/12/2011
Sorry we did not care for this one. The texture of the pasta with the rice kinda threw us off. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2019
My boyfriend is Egyptian and was very pleased with this meal ( I made it as anniversary surprise!) There is a sauce Egyptians spoon on top of the dish as a finishing touch...it is minced garlic, 1 tbs coriander, 1/2 tbs cummin, 1 tbs red pepper flakes, distilled white vinegar ( just enough to cover the spices) and dilute with water to taste! it’s excellent added flavor! Plus add to the dish chick peas and fried onion crisps to top it Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
12/02/2014
Pretty good but definitely needs chickpeas and french fried onions on top to be like the Kosheri I had in Cairo! In the future I will also use more lentils crushed tomatoes instead of tomato paste and cooking time is overestimated: only took me an hour from start to finish including prep which can be done while rice/pasta is cooking. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
05/30/2017
This makes a TON of koshari!!! Which is great because I love it. I would actually say to make it with even more onions as the fried onions are my favorite part. I noticed that the recipe forgets the garbanzo beans, I added a can to mine. It's a great koshari recipe to get you hooked on the dish and to build from if you have certain flavors that you love or would want to add to it. Read More
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