Food Discussion : Kosheri

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  1. AHMOSE

    AHMOSE Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    :new: Never tried it just looked at it. :new:

    Kosheri (also spelled kushari, kosheree, kosheree, kochary, kochari) is an inexpensive, filling, and nutritious Egyptian fast-food dish: layers of lentils and Rice, topped with fried onions -- a layer of pasta, and a tomato sauce are often added. In Egypt, kosheri is sold by street vendors and in specialized kosheri restaurants that serve nothing but . . . kosheri (your choice of small, medium, or large).

    one pound lentils (brown or black)
    one to two cups Rice
    one to two cups elbow macaroni (or similar pasta) (optional)
    one cup vegetable oil (evenly divided into two portions)
    one clove garlic, crushed (optional)
    one hot chile pepper, cleaned and chopped (optional)
    three or four ripe tomatoes, chopped ; or one large can crushed tomatoes
    one-half cup water
    two tablespoons vinegar
    salt (to taste)
    one onion, chopped or cut in rings

    Clean and rinse lentils. Place lentils in large pot. Cover with cold water, such that the water level is one inch above the lentils. Add salt if desired. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until lentils are tender and water is almost completely absorbed (approximately 30 minutes). Add additional water if necessary.

    While lentils are cooking: Cook rice in normal manner.

    Prepare sauce while lentils and rice are cooking: Heat oil in large skillet. Sauté garlic and/or chile pepper for a few minutes. Add tomatoes, water, vinegar, and salt. Cook on high heat for a few minutes, then reduce heat and simmer.

    While lentils and rice are cooking and sauce is simmering: Heat remaining oil in another skillet. Sauté onion until it is done to your liking (either lightly golden, or deeply browned and crispy. When done, remove onion from skillet and drain on absorbent paper or paper towels.

    While lentils and rice are cooking, sauce is simmering, and onion is sautéing: If macaroni is desired, bring a pot of water to a boil and cook macaroni in the normal manner.

    When everything is done: Assemble each serving of kosheri in a soup bowl: alternate layers of lentils, rice, and macaroni, then top it all with the fried onions and tomato sauce. Serve with bottled hot chile pepper sauce.
     
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    i bet it's good as it sound too............
    never had this before