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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.



  • 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


  • 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


  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.
Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 315; Total Fat 7.5g (9% Daily Value); Saturated Fat 1g (5% DV); Trans Fat 0g; Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV); Sodium 470mg (20% DV); Total Carbohydrate 52g (19% DV); Dietary Fiber 7g (25% DV); Total Sugars 7g; Includes 0g Added Sugars (0% DV); Protein 12g; Vitamin D 0% DV; Calcium 6% DV; Iron 15% DV; Potassium 10% DV; Folate 60% DV; Copper 35% DV; Manganese 35% DV.
Recipe by Guiding Stars at https://guidingstars.com/recipes/koshari/
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