Watch the video to see how to make Koushari, a traditional Egyptian lentil dish that will please the whole family as a side or a main vegetarian meal. Enjoy!

Koushari, a Traditional Egyptian Lentil Dish

Koushari is one of the most popular foods in Egypt. It is very delicious and a reasonable price.

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Koushari Recipe
(Lentils and Rice)
Serves 4-5

1-1/3 cups uncooked brown or white rice
2/3 pound lentils
2/3 medium onion
1-1/3 tablespoon(s) vegetable oil, divided
2/3 tablespoon crushed garlic
1-1/3 can(s) of tomato sauce (16-ounce)
1/3 cup water
1/6 cup vinegar

Cook rice according to directions. Rinse lentils and put them in a pot, covering them with water and bring to a boil. Then simmer on a low heat until almost all water is absorbed and lentils are well cooked. Add extra water if longer time is needed.

To make the sauce, first sauté the garlic in 1/2 of the oil until golden. Add all of the tomato sauce and simmer 10-15 minutes. Add water and vinegar and bring to a boil. Remove from heat immediately and add salt to taste. Finally, slice onion in thin, small pieces and sauté in the remaining half of the oil until brown and crispy.

The dish should be arranged as a layer of lentils (on the bottom), followed by a layer of rice, then another layer of lentils and another layer of rice. Sprinkle the onions and the sauce on top before serving.



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