Koshari – Lentils and Rice with Tomato Sauce

Food has such long reaching consequences. I was so glad when I received a message from a Facebook follower, that she had tried the Sago Payasam, Kappa Masala and the Eggless Caramel Bread Pudding and she had enjoyed her experience. Next on her list seems to be the Rose Icecream, which she will attempt once the health of her kids are better. I do not know how much excited I was reading about the feedback. When you try to recreate what you do in the kitchen into words, it may sometimes not connect really, but when you know people had tried to make it and it has come out perfect for them, the joy has no bounds! πŸ™‚Β It feels fantastic when people appreciate it this way. I would say without doubt that it’s the kind words that I receive from all of you that keeps me going and so excited about blogging!!! πŸ™‚


Today’s recipe is a basic Egyptian recipe. I actually have eaten this in a lot of restaurants, however I just couldn’t find a proper recipe online. What I did was a mix of 3-4 recipes that I found and I was happy that it tasted very close to what I had eaten out. πŸ™‚ I served with this with fried chicken and it was well accepted. It’s basically a cook-and-mix type of a recipe and not hard at all!!!Β This is a very simple and hearty meal, with no complications at all!!! πŸ™‚



Koshari - Lentils and Rice with Tomato Sauce

Course Lunch
Cuisine Arabian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup macaroni
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas lentils chana dal
  • Salt to taste
  • For the tomato sauce:
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 1 small tomato sliced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • Salt to taste


  • Cook the rice, macaroni and lentils in sufficient water with salt separatelyΒ till done.
  • Drain and set aside.
  • In a saucepan on low heat, mix all the three together and keep it on simmer for 5 minutes. Switch off and serve along with the tomato sauce.
  • For the sauce, heat a saucepan and pour the olive oil.
  • When it heats, add the cumin and splutter it.
  • Add the garlic paste and saute till a lovely aroma comes.
  • Add in the onion and saute till it turns brown.
  • Add in the tomato and cook till the tomato gets mashed.
  • Add the paste and the spices and cook till the raw smell is gone. Adjust salt and serve along with the koshari.


1. You may use chickpeas instead of lentils and add some fried and cooked vermicelli as well.
2. If the tomato sauce feels too bland, you may add aΒ bouillonΒ cube to sauce for more flavor.

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  1. Never had a chance to taste this dish,sounds wholesome and yummy.

    1. thank u so much priyaji… πŸ™‚

  2. I've never tried koshari. Sounds interesting!! πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much rita… πŸ™‚

  3. You ought to feel proud on the feedback because I will feel the same too. Love rice very much, therefore I am imagining having a few spoon of the interesting rice.

    1. thank u so much nav for your lovely comments… πŸ™‚

  4. New recipe….sounds interesting… Will try some time πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much helen… πŸ™‚

  5. Rafeeda, our work canteen always served koshari and I used to love it. Yours look very delicious. Congrats on appreciation you received from your follower. I know your feeling. Keep blogging more and more.

    1. thank u so much sebeena… πŸ™‚

  6. This is so different.

    1. thank u so much princy… πŸ™‚

  7. A different recipe, yet very easy to make at home.. Would try πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much chitra…

    1. thank u so much malar… πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much humi… πŸ™‚

  8. awesome and drooling recipe

    1. thank u so much divya… πŸ™‚

  9. Nice Recipe… Thanks for sharing …

    1. thank u so much nabanita…

  10. The recipe looks very interesting..

    1. thank u so much rumana… πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much dear… πŸ™‚

  11. lovely recipe and history never heard off….i really appreciate your style of blogging

    1. thank u so much divya… πŸ™‚

  12. lovely and interesting recipe..
    looks great

    1. thank u so much gayathri… πŸ™‚

  13. My hands are reaching for that plate.Dont tell me that you finished it πŸ™‚

    1. πŸ˜€ that plate is all yours, nisha…

  14. wow… rice looks fantastic… will try the recipe soon… thanks for sharing….

    1. thank u so much amina… πŸ™‚

  15. fabulous recipe… mouth watering…

    1. thank u so much usha… πŸ™‚

  16. New recipe to me , Never tired πŸ™‚
    Bookmarked !!!

    Today's Recipe
    Chicken Lasagna

    1. thank u so much sruthi… πŸ™‚

  17. Its new recipe for me sounds interesting and looking delicious

    1. thank u so much saranya… πŸ™‚

  18. Came here for some left over πŸ™‚

    1. u r my guest dear, i would give you only fresh one… πŸ˜‰ thank u so much… πŸ™‚

  19. Delicious meal, I love try Rafeeda.

    1. Thank u so much swathi… πŸ™‚

  20. Hi dear, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving behind the lovely comment..you have a lovely space too..glad to be a part of it…:)

    1. Thank u so much kamalika… πŸ™‚

  21. delicious and tempting dish. stop by at me too

    1. thank u so much dear… i do drop by comments on your page as welll…:)

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