This famous Egyptian dish takes a few easy steps and the result is a hearty meal that is a sure crowd pleaser!
Kushari has a rice and lentil base and is then topped with pasta, tomato sauce and fried onions.
This recipe serves 4-6 adults:
Ingredients for rice and lentil base:
1 cup green/brown lentils
1 cup basmati rice*
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
*Traditionally kushari is made with Egyptian rice but trust me this rice has alot more flavor and will offer a much better texture in the end ;)
Ingredients for sauce:
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1/4 cup water
1 tsp white vinegar
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 clove garlic, finely grated
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 lb boiled elbow pasta
2 large onions thinly sliced
1 TBs flour
1/2 or 1 cup oil for frying (I used coconut oil mixed with olive oil)
How to make rice and lentils:
-Place washed lentils in small pot, add water water (til water is 2 inches above lentils), add cumin. Bring to boil then cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until lentils are soft to the bite but not mushy.
-After lentils are cooked, strain water from lentils while reserving the water. You'll need it again in the next step.
|cooked lentils should look like this and not be too mushy!|
|Don't forget to save the water when straining lentils.|
-add a tablespoon of olive oil to the pot. Combine rice and lentils then add 2 cups of reserved lentil water. If you need more just add regular water. Add 1 tsp salt, bring mixture to a boil then cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until cooked through.
To prepare sauce:
-In a small sauce pan, heat 1 TBs olive oil then saute garlic until it starts to brown. Add the sauce and rest of ingredients. Bring to a boil and let simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.
To prepare onions:
-After slicing your onions pat dry them with a paper towel or napkin then combine with flour.
-Heat oil and start to fry the onions in small batches until they are golden brown and crispy.
|What the onions look like after mixing with flour.|
|Fry the onions in small batches for best results.|
|The end result is golden brown, crispy and delicious onions.|
Finally, assemble your plate like so:
This dish is fun for guests to assemble, it's very filling, and did I mention how delicious it is? :) Enjoy!