Egyptian Koshari

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 15m
Ready In

"A delicious vegetarian dish that's popular in Egypt. I found this recipe on the Toronto Star's website."

Original recipe yields 10-12 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (375.8 g)
  • Calories 491.1
  • Total Fat - 8.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 565.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 89.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 9.5 g
  • Sugars - 4.4 g
  • Protein - 13.7 g
  • Calcium - 50.6 mg
  • Iron - 3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 13 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg


Step 1

Heat oil in large pot over medium, add onion and cook, stirring, 5 minutes.

Step 2

Stir in salt, cumin and pepper and cook 1 minute.

Step 3

Add lentils and 2-1/2 cups water; raise heat to high; bring to boil; reduce heat to medium-high and oil until lentils are three quarters cooked, about 15 minutes.

Step 4

Add rice and remaining 3 cups water, bring to boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 13 minutes or until rice is just cooked. (Don't overcook.).

Step 5

Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes.

Step 6

Uncover; fluff with fork.

Step 7

Meanwhile, for tomato sauce, in medium saucepan, combine tomatoes, water, oil, vinegar, garlic, cumin, salt, chili and pepper; bring to boil over high heat.

Step 8

Cook, stirring and reducing heat as needed, until sauce thickens slightly, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 9

While tomato sauce is cooking, heat large pot of salted water over high and add macaroni. Cook until al dente as per package instructions. Drain.


Step 10

Place portion of rice and lentils on plate, top with portion of macaroni, then portion of tomato sauce and garnish with onions. (Loosely, the dish should be 2/3 rice and lentils to 1/3 macaroni with a small amount of sauce and onions.).

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Adjusted the amounts a little (half the oil/salt and more spices), and we were pleased with the result. For the pure chile powder I used chipotle powder and some smoked paprika. Everything blended very well together and had a good flavor.

review by:
(15 Jan 2016)


The flavours and textures of this dish makes it so satisfying! Although it is only the two of us, I made the full recipe. The tomatoes have wonderful flavour and the macaroni lends a nice lightness against the lentils/rice. I can see why it is a popular dish in Egypt! Thank you for sharing. Made for Billboard Recipe Tag.

review by:
(20 Apr 2013)