My dear friends Rauof and Viola are both from Egypt and love to share their egyptian recipes. Today we learned how to make Koshari, which is a very common and inexpensive street food in Egypt. The dish is made up of three layers; macaroni, lentils, and rice. Then it is topped with a delicious red sauce, crispy onions, and garbanzo beans. I have no official recipe, just some notes from watching them cook. So I am going to do my best to recreate this dish to share.
3 yellow onions
2 cups lentils
2 cups macaroni
1 cup white rice
2 cans tomato paste
cooked garbanzo beans
Peel one onion. Cut off the end pieces and cut an X into one side. Place in a pot with 4.5 cups of water with a generous amount of salt. Bring to a boil and pour in lentils. Cook until soft, about 20 minutes. Make sure to reserve the cooking liquid!
Cook macaroni in a separate pot according to the instructions given on the box.
Bring the reserved cooking liquid from the lentils to a boil with 2 T of olive oil to help keep the rice from sticking. Add the rice and simmer 20 minutes, or until cooked. Keep an eye on your rice, adding more water if you need to.
In a large saute pan, grate remaining onions, but save 1/2 of one to fry for later. Add enough oil to cover the onions 1/4″. Cook over medium high heat until brown, then add the 2 cans of tomato paste, salt, and pepper. Simmer on low until ready to serve.
In a large serving dish, layer the macaroni, lentils then rice. Top with garbanzo beans.
Slice your the last 1/2 of your onion, and fry with oil till crispy in a small saute pan.
Place the sauce and the fried onions in separate bowls and serve.