Kushary | Kushari

Serves 6

In Egypt, there are entire restaurants devoted soley to the production of Kushary. Giant vats are filled with the necessary ingredients and kept warm over low heat. With each order, a quick-moving server walks their ladle through the vats, filling the customer’s bowl up to the brim with pasta, rice, lentils, spicy tomato sauce, and fried onions. While it is difficult to reproduce this type of assembly at home, it is possible to layer all the ingredients in a casserole and keep warm. This is how we’ve approached this mega popular Egyptian dish.

NOTE: If it seems a bit overwhelming, think about breaking this recipe up over a few days (make the pasta and sauce one day, the rice and lentils anther day…) just keep everything refrigerated until you’re ready to assemble.

Ingredients:

1 cup dry macaroni
1/4 lb angel hair pasta, broken into 1-2″ pieces
1/8 cup olive oil

1 1/2 cups long grain rice

1/2 cup dry lentils

Garnish:

1-2 onions, sliced thinly and pan-fried in olive oil
1 batchΒ Spicy Egyptian Tomato Sauce

Method:

Make sure every pot in your house is clean, because they are all about to get dirty.

Cook the macaroni, pasta, rice, and lentils according to package directions. I suggest cooking the pasta first.

When the pasta is done, place it in a bowl.

Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt.

Toss it together and place at the bottom of a 2 1/2 quart casserole.

Next, toss the cooked rice and lentils together.

Layer on top of the pasta mixture.

Drizzle with half of the Spicy Egyptian Tomato Sauce.

Top with the fried onions. (cook them over medium/low heat in a skillet with olive oil until caramelized).

At this point is pretty likely that the ingredients have cooled down, so place the casserole in a warm oven until heated through. Serve hot with extra tomato sauce on the side.

P.S. Here’s what it looks like in a bowl, if you are organized enough to serve Kushary in individual bowls…

And if you are, you’re an amazing human being… and, just possibly, living a toddler-free life.
Either way… it tastes the same in the casserole or the bowl, so don’t worry too much about looks on this one! This is rustic food, at its best!
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In Egypt, there are entire restaurants devoted soley to the production of Kushary.Kushary | Kushari
Ingredients
Garnish
Instructions
  1. Cook the macaroni, pasta, rice, and lentils according to package directions.
  2. Place cooked and drained pasta in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt.
  3. Toss it together and place it at the bottom of a 2 1/2 quart casserole.
  4. Toss the cooked rice and lentils together then layer it on top of the pasta.
  5. Drizzle with half of the Spicy Egyptian Tomato Sauce and top with fried onions.
  6. Place in a warm oven until heated thoroughly.
  7. Serve hot with extra tomato sauce.
Recipe Notes

GTA recipe for Spicy Egyption Tomato Sauce: Β http://globaltableadventure.com/recipe/recipe-spicy-egyptian-tomato-sauce/

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Recipe Copyright Sasha Martin, Global Table Adventure. For personal or educational use only.

8 Comments

    • Sasha Martin says

      I can’t believe you think it’s spicy and I thought it was perfect. How did we reverse roles on this one?? xo

  1. am i the only one who has a little mental freak-out at the idea of rice AND pasta in the same meal? I always think of it as one or the other….glad to know i was wrong, this opens up a whole world of possibilities!

    • Sasha Martin says

      Jenn, I had a mental freak-out too! LOL I was pleasantly surprised that this, in fact, works! πŸ™‚

  2. aunty eileen says

    Holy moly, Batman for sure! That one-dish meal is incredible….
    as is the photography!

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