Koshari Recipe

Egypt’s rich culinary heritage comes alive in this beloved dish that has stood the test of time. Koshari is a true representation of Egypt’s diverse flavors, combining a symphony of ingredients such as rice, lentils, pasta, and a tantalizing spiced tomato sauce. Each bite is a harmonious blend of textures and tastes, making it a favorite among locals and a must-try for visitors. Immerse yourself in the vibrant and exotic flavors of Egypt with our Koshari recipe, a delicious journey through the heart of Egyptian cuisine.


  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup brown lentils
  • 1 cup macaroni or short pasta
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 can (14 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for a spicy kick)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Fried onions, for garnish
  • Fresh parsley or cilantro, chopped, for garnish


  1. Cook the rice, lentils, and pasta separately according to their package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet or pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat.
  3. Add the sliced onions to the pan and sauté until they turn golden brown and crispy. Remove about half of the fried onions and set them aside for garnish.
  4. Add the minced garlic to the pan and sauté for another minute until fragrant.
  5. Pour the crushed tomatoes into the pan and stir well to combine with the onions and garlic.
  6. Add the ground cumin, ground coriander, ground cinnamon, cayenne pepper (if using), salt, and black pepper to the tomato sauce. Stir to incorporate the spices.
  7. Simmer the tomato sauce for about 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  8. In a serving dish, layer the cooked rice, lentils, and pasta.
  9. Pour the spiced tomato sauce over the layered ingredients, covering them completely.
  10. Garnish the Koshari with the reserved fried onions and fresh parsley or cilantro.
  11. Serve this delightful Egyptian dish warm, allowing your taste buds to savor the medley of flavors and textures.

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