I got a comment from a viewer in Egypt (hi, Mirna!), who asked that I try making one of the most popular dishes in her country: koshary! Essentially, it’s lentils, rice and pasta topped with a tomato-onion mixture. Talk about comfort food–yum!

It consists of kitchen staples, it’s easy to make AND easy on the pocketbook. Sounds like a winner to me 🙂

I have come to learn that koshary is spelled many ways (koshari, kushari, kosheri), but regardless of spelling, this is one comforting dish.

(Recipe and more info below!)

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To make it, you’ll need:

3/4 cup lentils
3/4 cup uncooked long-grain rice
1 cup of elbow macaroni pasta
2 large onions, chopped
2 large cloves or 4 small cloves of garlic, minced
1 can (15 oz.) diced tomatoes
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
salt and pepper, to taste

Combine the lentils and 4 cups of water in a saucepan and bring to a boil on the stove, then to a simmer. Let simmer for 25 minutes.

Then, add the rice to the lentils and simmer for another 20 minutes until the rice is tender.

Cook the elbow macaroni (boil for 8 minutes, then drain).

Meanwhile, heat a couple tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft and slightly browned.

Then mix in the tomatoes, salt and pepper, then stir. Let simmer 20-30 minutes. (NOTE: I did see some recipes that included a couple tablespoons of vinegar in this step. In retrospect, I think it would be a great addition!)

Mix together the cooked macaroni with the lentils and rice. Put that on a plate, topped with the tomato and onion mixture….and ENJOY!

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