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Koshari - A Delicious Taste of Egyptian Heritage

Koshari - A Delicious Taste of Egyptian Heritage

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Egyptian Koshari

Step into the vibrant culinary world of Egypt with a recipe that embodies the nation's rich history and diverse flavours. Koshari, a beloved Egyptian dish, is a harmonious medley of lentils, rice, pasta, and a tantalizing array of spices and toppings. Koshari's origins can be traced back to the late 19th century, during Egypt's multicultural era. Influenced by the diverse communities residing in Cairo, including Egyptians, Greeks, Italians, and British, Koshari emerged as a flavorful fusion of various culinary traditions. It was the creation of these communities that gave birth to this unique dish, which has now become a national treasure cherished by Egyptians and food enthusiasts worldwide.

Let us take you on a culinary journey through time as we explore the history, ingredients, and preparation of this iconic Egyptian recipe.

Servings: 6

Keywords: rice

  • Prep Time: 0 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins




  • 1 cup Long-grain Rice
  • 1 cup Brown Lentils
  • 1 cup Small Macaroni or Short Pasta
  • 1 Large Onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Coriander
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chili Flakes (adjust to taste)
  • 1 can (400g) Crushed Tomatoes
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice (optional)
  • Fresh parsley or cilantro, chopped (for garnish)


  1. Start by cooking the rice, lentils, and pasta separately according to their package instructions. Once cooked, set them aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the sliced onions and sauté until they turn golden brown and crispy. Remove half of the onions from the skillet and set them aside for garnishing.
  3. To the remaining onions in the skillet, add the minced garlic, ground cumin, ground coriander, ground cinnamon, and red chilli flakes. Stir well and cook for a minute until fragrant.
  4. Pour in the crushed tomatoes, season with salt, and let the sauce simmer over low heat for 10-15 minutes to develop the flavours.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked rice, lentils, and pasta. Pour the tomato sauce over the mixture and toss gently to ensure an even coating.
  6. Serve the Koshari in individual bowls, garnished with the reserved crispy onions. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, if desired, for an extra tangy kick. Sprinkle chopped parsley or cilantro on top for a refreshing touch.
  7. Enjoy this hearty and satisfying dish that captures the essence of Egyptian cuisine.
  8. Bon appétit!
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