Saturday, February 27, 2010

Kushari Recipe - How to Make Kushari

Easy and delicious Egyptian Kushari recipe. Learn how to make authentic kushari.

, often transliterated as koshary, kosheri or koshari, (Egyptian Arabic: كشرى; translit: kusharī) is a popular traditional Egyptian national dish. Kushari is normally a vegetarian and usually a vegan dish, possibly reflecting the meatless diet of Coptic Christians during Lent and other fasts and/or the expensive cost of meat for the lower classes. It is becoming common to add fried liver or shawarma meat as an additional topping.

Kushari is one of the most popular, inexpensive, and common dishes in Egypt, and many restaurants specialize in this one dish.

Prep. Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking time :60 minutes
Serving : 6-8

2 Cups Country Basmati Rice
¼ Cup Oil
2 Large Onion, sliced
1 Cup Lentil
1 Clove Garlic, crushed
1 Teaspoon Cumin, ground
½ Teaspoon Cinnamon, ground
4 ½ Cups Water
2 Teaspoons Salt
2 Cups Macaroni, cooked

  1. Wash the rice and soak in warm water for 15 – 20 minutes. Drain.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat oil and cook onions until dark brown, take about half the amount of onions, keep aside for garnishing.
  3. Add water to the onion in the saucepan, bring to boil over high heat, add lentil, garlic, cumin, and cinnamon. Cover and simmer on low heat for 20 –25 minutes, until lentil is tender.
  4. Add rice and salt. Stir well. Add more water as needed. Cover and simmer for 25 – 30 minutes until rice is cooked.
  5. Arrange Kushari in a round platter, arrange cooked macaroni around, sprinkle with fried onions, and serve it with tomato sauce.
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