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Egyptian Food: Koshary Posted by on Jun 11, 2009 in Culture

Image by Arria Belli on Wikipedia

Image by Arria Belli on Wikipedia

Have you ever tried koshary (كشري)? It is a traditional Egyptian meal that is usually consumed for lunch. It is very easy to prepare, but takes a long time to do because it contains different ingredients. However, it is very popular, especially that all the ingredients do not cost much, and there are lots of shops that serve it in all Egyptian towns. In fact, there are certain restaurants that are specialised in Koshary and offer nothing but koshary and its side dishes.

I used to think that koshary is very difficult to prepare and I never attempted to prepare it in Egypt because there are restaurants that sell it every where and you can also have it as take away, so not many people bother to prepare it at home, but when I moved to Europe, I had no alternative, and I prepared it at home. It was very nice and easy to make.

Here is the recipe if you are interested:

1-     Cook a cup of rice in any way you like.

2-     Boil a cup of macaroni (small macaroni not spirals or penne)

3-     Boil half a cup of brown lentils

4-     Prepare some tomato sauce with fried onions

5-     Fry 2 large onions until they turn brown


To serve, put the amount you require of rice, and on top of it pasta, and on top of it brown lentils, and on top of it tomato sauce and finish with the brown onions on top, and enjoy!


Some people have chilli sauce with it, and others have boiled chick peas or other grains, but I like it simple. If you try it, please let me know!










tomato sauce




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  1. فيروز:

    This sounds like a Lebanese dish Mujadara/mudardara which is prepared either with rice or bulghur along lentils and fried onions. Instead of adding tomato sauce Lebanese eat مجدرة with colourful salads that may include many ingredients: بندورة/طماطم، خيار، فجل، نعنع، فليفة…

  2. Lou Ann:

    I love Koshary. I had it first in Cairo at a little diner, then at the home of an Egyptian friend in Cairo and also in the states. I like the lebanese version, but it is a bit different. Thanks for the easy recipe.

  3. Aziza:

    Ahlan Fayrouz,
    Thank you very much for your comment. Yes, I believe there are many versions of the koshary; a Lebanese and also an Iraqi versions are available. There may be others as well.

  4. Aziza:

    Thank you very much for your comment Ann Lou! I am glad you find the recipe easy. I have never tried the Lebanese koshary, but I like Lebanese food in general, so I am sure it is lovely.