Egyptian Lentils with Rice and Pasta (Koshari)

Koshari, also spelled Kushari, is the national dish of Egypt. It is one of the best Mediterranean diet recipes for using up things in your pantry. You can find Koshari in food carts and restaurants all over Egypt (and now you can make it in your own home!). This dish requires cooking everything separately and assembling it all at the end. This Egyptian dish is great because it’s cheap to make, very filling, and equally flavorful.  The crispy, fried onion topping is optional, but traditional and gives this recipe a nice crunch!

Mediterranean Diet Recipes: Egyptian Lentils with Rice and Pasta

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Mediterranean Diet Recipes: Egyptian Lentils with Rice and Pasta

Egyptian Lentils with Rice and Pasta (Koshari)

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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Servings 6
Calories 745 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup dry lentils
  • 1 cup dry basmati rice
  • 1 cup spaghetti, broken into small pieces
  • 2 small onions, grated
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1 pound tomatoes, grated
  • 1/4 tsp red chili pepper flakes (optional)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For Crispy Onion Topping:

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil for frying
  • 1 large onion cut into rings
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour

Instructions
 

  • Boil lentils and a dash of salt in water for 30 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • Cook rice in a pot with a dash of salt in 2 cups water for approximately 15 minutes. Once rice is cooked, cover the pot with a tea towel.
  • Boil spaghetti with a dash of salt according to package directions. Mix with a Tablespoon of oil and cover the pot.
  • In another pot, add olive oil, onions and garlic, saute 2 minutes, add chopped tomatoes, pepper flakes, salt and pepper and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Gently mix together lentils, rice and spaghetti. Serve with a dollop of the tomato sauce.
  • For Crispy Onion Topping:
  • Heat the olive oil to medium high heat.
  • Toss onion rings in flour and shake off excess.
  • Fry until crispy, about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain on paper towels, salt lightly (if desired) and then top lentil dish with crispy onions.

Nutrition

Calories: 745kcalCarbohydrates: 85gProtein: 17gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 26gSodium: 14mgPotassium: 694mgFiber: 13gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 668IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 59mgIron: 4mg
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