Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Egyptian Kushari

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
olive oil
1 tsp ground cumin

Pasta layer:
1/2 lb boiled elbow pasta

Onion layer:
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! 

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