Egyptian Vegan Koshari


Koshari or Koshary is one of the main dishes from Egyptian cuisine. When I first looked at this vegetarian dish, I was really surprised to see a very unusual & rare combination of rice, pasta, brown lentils & chickpeas cooked together with spices but when I tasted Koshari, I simply loved it.

In Egypt Koshari is served in home kitchens, in restaurants and even the street venders are selling them and is a hot favorite food there. Its is their traditional recipe which is incredible delicious, Try this!

Step-by-Step Easy & Quick Recipe –

Prep Time           Cook Time            Total Time                    Yields

15 mins             1 hour 30 mins                     1 hour 45 mins        4 Serving


Rice – 1 cup

Pasta – 2 cups (elbow macaroni or any other small pasta or spaghetti or mix per choice)

Brown lentils – 1 cup

Chickpeas – 1 ½ cup

Garlic clove – 1 (finely chopped)

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Bay leaf – 1

Olive oil – 2 tablespoon

Water or vegetable stock – 2 cups

For making the sauce:

Onion – medium 1 (finely chopped)

Garlic cloves – 2 (finely minced)

Tomato puree – 1 ¾ cup

Salt per taste

Ground black pepper

Red chili flakes – ¼ teaspoon

For Garnish:

Onions – 2 large (very thinly sliced)

Oil – for deep-frying the onions


  • Cook rice in water and keep aside.
  • Cook pasta with a few drops of oil & salt till al-Dente. Keep aside.
  • Wash & cook brown lentils with salt, bay leaf, cumin powder and chopped garlic. Bring to boil and the lower the heat and let it simmer for 25-30 minutes till its tender and soft. If any excess water is still there then drain it, keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add finely chopped onion and cook for 5-6 minutes on medium heat till they become translucent, add garlic and sauté till they turn golden brown in color. Now tomato puree, salt, ground black pepper & chili flakes. Lower the heat and let the sauce simmer for 20 minutes, cook covered to avoid splashing. Stir continuously. Sauce is ready now.
  • To make crispy fried onions, heat oil in a pan and add thinly sliced onions and fry till color changes to dark brown. Take out and place them on a plate with paper towels to absorb excess water. Let them cool.
  • To plate a koshari you can either mix brown lentils, rice, chickpeas & pasta together and top it up with tomato sauce & crispy fried onions OR you can layer first rice, then brown lentils, paste & chickpeas one on top of each other and finely top them with tomato sauce & crispy fried onions. Serve hot.

Note: Koshari is a very delicious complete vegetarian meal. Serve hot and enjoy the flavors of Egyptian cuisine. Bon Apatite!

Happy Cooking!!


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