This post is dedicated to Red Boots:
here, I found another recipe here
Kushari usially looks like this:
I promised you a Kushari recipe and so here it is :)
Traditionally, Kushari is basically pasta, rice and brown lentils...also vermicelli, fried onions could be added. All that mixed together and red sauce added. Some people add a mix of lemon juice and vinegar so there are a lot of variations on basic elements, if I may say- but...I will post it the way I cook it okay?
1 cup lentils, washed.
1 cup rice, washed. (egyptian rice is cooked + one cup of water..I don't know if you get that..so cook rice in as many cups as you usually do- only use the water from cooking lentils-see below!)
1 cup cooked macaroni
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon of oil
Fry the onion (add salt and pepper), then add the lentils and stir until the lentils sort of change colour, add one cup of water. You will need to constantly add water so that by the time the lentils are cooked, you would have one cup "lentil water" left.
Egyptians fry rice in a bit of oil before adding water to it, not till it goes brown...but until it lumps up together in a way..I don't know if I am making sense...if I am not let me know okay? :)
Well, fry the rice and add the lentil water to it, so that when the rice is cooked it's a beige colour (I add some lentils with the water)
For the Sauce:
2 medium or large tomatoes, finely chopped.
1 tablespoon of vinegar.
tomato paste for colour (I add a tablespoon)
1 medium/large onion, finely chopped.
2-4 cloves of garlic, minced.
Heat some oil, and fry the onion, garlic then add tomatoes, then the tomato paste, stir for around 3 minutes then add some water and the vinegar, cover the sauce and leave to cook. Kushari sauce is supposed to be a bit thinner than pasta sauce.
A serving of Kushari is made of lentils, rice and macaroni mixed together, and a tablespoon or two of sauce added. I prefer not to add macaroni because that's too much carbs for me, so I end up not cooking any to begin with!
I hope you like it...oh and let me know if you need me to clarify anything? I think everyone should try this it warms you up, and is very filling!!