Egyptian Kushari

This beloved dish from Egypt, is a flavourful and hearty comfort food that combines a medley of ingredients to create a harmonious and satisfying dish.
  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 40 minutes
  • Total time: 55 minutes
  • 200g dried elbow macaroni
  • 200g long-grain rice
  • 200g brown lentils
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 400g canned chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • Water for boiling
  • Optional toppings: fried onions, chickpeas, crispy fried onions, cress

Prepare lentils:

  • Rinse the lentils under cold water and remove any debris.
  • In a saucepan, add the lentils and cover them with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 20-25 minutes until the lentils are tender but not mushy. Drain and set aside.

Cook the rice and pasta:

  • In separate pots, cook the rice and macaroni according to their package instructions. Once cooked, fluff the rice with a fork and drain the macaroni. Set both aside.

Prepare the tomato sauce:

  • In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the sliced onions and sauté until they turn golden brown and caramelized.
  • Add the minced garlic and sauté for another minute until fragrant.
  • Stir in the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, cumin, ground coriander, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Simmer the sauce for about 10-15 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.

Assemble Kushari:

  • Mix the cooked rice, macaroni, and lentils together in a large serving dish.
  • Drizzle the white vinegar over the mixture and gently toss to combine.


  • To serve, plate a generous portion of the rice, macaroni, and lentil mixture. Top it with a ladle of the spiced tomato sauce.
  • Garnish with optional toppings like crispy onions, cress and chickpeas for added flavour and texture.

Note: Cooking times and measurements may vary based on personal preferences and equipment. Adjust spices according to your taste preferences.

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With a rich history and a fusion of flavours, this dish is a true representation of Egyptian cuisine. The combination of pasta, rice, lentils, and a spiced tomato sauce creates a delightful collection of textures and tastes that will transport you to the bustling streets of Cairo.

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