Egyptian Koshari

Easiness: ***
Greenness: vegan

1 cup basmati rice
1 cup red lentils
1 cup elbow macaroni
0.5 cup chickpeas

For the sauce:
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1 cup water
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar, more to taste
1 teaspoon black pepper, more to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
0.5 onion, diced

Pre-soaking the lentils and especially the chickpeas is recommended before cooking them. Alternately, canned chickpeas can be used. (Drained, one third of the can.) Cook the rice, chickpeas, and lentils until tender, the macaroni until al dente.

In a sealable container (I use a large Tupperware), layer the rice, the lentils, and the macaroni, and then the chickpeas. To make the sauce, mix the tomato paste and water in a saucepan, put on medium low heat, add the cumin, black pepper and vinegar, mixing them in well. Heat the sauce for approximately 5 minutes. Saute the diced onions in olive oil until crisp, drain off the excess oil.

To serve, scoop 1.5 cups of the koshari into an individual bowl, pour the sauce over the serving, and garnish with 1 tablespoon of the onions. Add vinegar and black pepper to taste. Makes about 7 servings.

Recipe by LJ User Lydia_Golis. Thanks!


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