Koshari

Number of Servings: 8 (426g)
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Koshari

Koshari is fondly considered the national dish of Egypt and is sold prominently as street food. The mix of lentils, pasta, rice, and spiced tomato sauce is considered to be wonderful comfort food.

Ingredients

  • Koshari:

    • 1¼ cups white rice
    • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
    • 3 cups thinly sliced onion
    • ½ cup vermicelli, broken into 1" pieces
    • 5 cups water
    • 1¼ cups dried lentils
    • ½ tsp. salt

    Sauce:

    • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
    • 1 cup finely chopped onion
    • 1½ Tbsp. minced garlic
    • ¼ tsp. salt
    • ½ tsp. pepper
    • ½ tsp. crushed red pepper
    • 2 (14.5 oz.) cans diced tomatoes, undrained

Directions

  1. Cook rice according to package directions.
  2. While rice is cooking, prepare the koshari. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add sliced onion and cook until deep golden brown, stirring frequently (15 minutes). Remove onion with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  3. Return pan to medium heat. Add vermicelli and sauté until golden brown, stirring frequently (2 minutes). Set aside.
  4. Combine 5 cups water and lentils in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer until lentils are tender (30 minutes).
  5. While the lentils are cooking, prepare the sauce. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until golden, stirring occasionally (15 minutes). Add garlic and cook until fragrant (2 minutes).
  6. Stir in remaining sauce ingredients and cook until slightly thick (10 minutes).
  7. Transfer tomato mixture to a food processor and process until smooth (1 minute). Keep warm.
  8. Remove cooked lentils from heat and add vermicelli, stirring well to combine. Wrap a clean kitchen towel around the lid and cover the lentil mixture. Let stand until vermicelli is tender (10 minutes).
  9. Add rice and salt to lentil mixture and fluff with a fork. Serve immediately topped with sauce and onions.

Nutrition Facts

8 servings per container

Serving Size 426g

Amount per serving
Calories 315
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7.5g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 470mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 7g
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Sugar Alcohol 0g
Other Carbohydrate 33g
Protein 12g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 76.1mg 6%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 565mg 10%
Vitamin A 20mcg 2%
Vitamin C 20.6mg 25%
Vitamin E 1.2mg 6%
Vitamin K 6.2mcg 6%
Thiamin 0.4mg 35%
Riboflavin 0.1mg 8%
Niacin 3.6mg 25%
Vitamin B6 0.3mg 20%
Folate 231.7mcg 58%
Vitamin B12 0mcg 0%
Biotin 3.3mcg 10%
Chloride 20mg 0%
Pantothenate 0.9mg 20%
Phosphorus 131.7mg 10%
Iodine 4.1mcg 2%
Magnesium 30.3mg 8%
Zinc 1.4mg 10%
Selenium 4.4mcg 8%
Copper 0.3mg 35%
Manganese 0.8mg 35%
Chromium 0.4mcg 0%
Molybdenum 4mcg 8%

* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Ingredients

Water, Diced Tomatoes (tomatoes, Tomato Juice, Salt, Citric Acid, Calcium Chloride), Onion, White Rice, Lentils, Vermicelli (semolina, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate (iron), Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Olive Oil, Garlic, Salt, Black Pepper, Red Pepper Flakes.

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