Kushari is a famous Egyptian dish made out of lentils, rice, pasta topped with a tomato dressing. It is highly welcomed by vegetarians and the dressing is te heart of tis dish.
vegetarian 6 servings
1 cup brown lentil
1 cup elbow/round pasta.
1 cup Egyptian round rice
Water 3 c + 4c + 2 c
Salt 1 tsp + 2 tsp + 1 tsp salt or u can just adjust the taste as u desire.
2 tbsp olive oil
For tomato Dressing:
1/4 cup oil
2 finely chopped onion
2 cloves crushed garlic.
1 tsp cumin powder
1 cup tomatoes chopped
1 tbsp fresh red chilli paste
1/4 cup water
2 large fried crisp onion (like for Haleem topping)
Wash the lentil with water then put it in a pot, pour 3 c water and 1 tsp salt and bring te lentil to te boil..
Lower the heat & allow it to cook for approx 1 hour until lentil is tender but not out of skin.
Drain out te water & keep aside.
Wash the same pot & bring 4 c water & 2 tsp salt to the boil. Add in the pasta and cook for 10 min.Strain & set aside.
Wash the rice . Heat te oil & fry te rice over medium heat for 2-3 min.Pour 2 c water and a tsp of salt bring it to the boil by string until it comes to the boil.
Cover te pot with a lid & cook for 15 min over low flame until te rice is nice & tender. remove from heat & set aside for 5 min.
Prepare the dressing by: Heat oil & fry te onion till light golden add garlic & fry another 2 min add te cumin powder, and then tomatoes & chilli paste fry until tomato is mushy then add water and Vinegar & bring in to the boil. Set aside
Add the pasta & lentil to te rice & mix slightly (toss)pour over it te dressing then top it with the fried onion & serve with other Egyptian dishes like fried fish or kefta.
* some people cook the rice with the lentil like Khidchri and then top it wit rest of the items and some like a topping of chickpea as well, it is all up 2 te individual's taste.