Kushari is one of the most popular, inexpensive, and common dishes in Egypt, and some restaurants specialize in this one dish. Let's try this wonderful Kushari recipe:
- 1 cup brown lentils
- 1 cup basmati rice
- 1 cup uncooked pasta (small shells or elbow macaroni is best)
- 2 large onions, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 (400 g) can chopped tomatoes
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red chili pepper flakes (or more to taste)
- salt and black pepper
- Cook the lentils in just over a litre of salted water.
- Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 15-30 minutes, depending on the type of lentils you are using.
- When the lentils are quite tender, add the rice to the lentils and continue simmering until the rice is cooked, adding water if necessary.
- Cook the macaroni in a separate pot.
- Rinse and strain when done.
- Meanwhile, fry the onions and garlic in the oil until golden.
- Add the tomatoes, chilli flakes, salt and pepper to taste and let it bubble for 10-20 minutes or until thickened and sauce like.
- You can now blitz the sauce in a food processor until smooth or just leave as is.
- Mix the lentils, rice and macaroni together in one pot.
- Place some of the lentil mixture on each plate and top with tomato sauce.
- Sprinkle with more hot chili powder or salt and pepper, if desired.