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Koshari Recipe

When you first look at the Koshari recipe, it appears to be a hodgepodge of different ingredients.
PREP TIME30 minutes
COOK TIME25 minutes
TOTAL TIME55 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Cuisine: Middle Eastern


For the Crispy Onions

  • 1 Onion sliced
  • ½ cup Vegetable Oil
  • Dash of Salt

For the Tomato Sauce

  • 4 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 3 cups Tomato Puree
  • 3 tbsp White Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Oil from Onions

For the Rice Mix

  • 1 cup Lentils cooked
  • 1 can Chickpeas drained
  • 1 cup Rice
  • 2 cups Macaroni cooked
  • ¼ cup Vermicelli
  • 4 cups Water
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Remainder of Oil from Onions


  • Slice onions and separate into rings, sprinkle with salt and fry until crunchy. Set aside.
  • Saute the garlic and red pepper flakes in vegetable oil. 
  • Add vinegar, tomato puree and cumin.
  • Stir while bringing to a boil, then turn down to a simmer.
  • Add rice and oil to a cooking pot and fry the rice while stirring for two minutes.
  • Add vermicelli, stir and coat with oil.
  • Add cooked lentils, chickpeas, salt and cold water.
  • Bring to a boil, stir once or twice, and turn down to a simmer.
  • Partially cover the pot with a lid, continue to simmer until rice is fully cooked.
  • Serve by putting a couple of spoonfuls in a wide bowl, topped with a spoonful of macaroni. Follow this with a topping of crunchy onions. Pour the tomato sauce around the edge of the rice mixture, and serve.

Nutrition Per Serving

Calories: 459kcal - Carbohydrates: 70g - Protein: 13g - Fat: 15g - Saturated Fat: 11g - Sodium: 347mg - Potassium: 781mg - Fiber: 11g - Sugar: 7g - Vitamin A: 585IU - Vitamin C: 13mg - Calcium: 56mg - Iron: 4mg
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