Egyptian koushari

Egyptian koushari

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  • 6
  • Easy
  • Fat conscious Vegan recipe collection
  • 10 minutes
  • 1 hour
  • Woolworths Sauvignon Blanc- Sémillon 2006 (Winecorp)


  • 160 g lentils
  • 120 g short macaroni
  • 200 g brown rice
  • 6 T olive oil
  • 2½ cups water
  • Sea salt
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 fat cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 x 30 g can tomato purée
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • For serving
  • Harissa mixed with a little olive oil
  • Crispy fried sliced onion or a sachet of crispy onion bits

Cooking Instructions

Wash the lentils well, then simmer in a large saucepan of boiling water until tender, but not mushy. Drain.
Cook the macaroni until just tender. Wash and drain the rice, then fry it in 30ml (2T) of oil.
Add 500ml (2 cups) water and 5ml (1t) salt, and bring to the boil, stirring once or twice. Cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for 15 minutes or until tender.
Remove from the heat and leave covered for 5 minutes. Fry the onion in the remaining oil until soft and golden brown.
Stir in the garlic, then the tomato purée and remaining water, and bring to a simmer.
Mix together with the lentils, macaroni and rice. Season to taste. Heat gently and serve hot with the harissa, sprinkled with crispy onion.

Cook’s note 1:
This is a great vegetarian dish and can be served with a fresh spinach salad or a mix of green leaves. Alternatively, serve it as a side dish with grilled fish or lamb.
Cook's note 2: Harissa paste is a delicious North African spice mix. Find it at delis or farmer's markets or make your own at home.
Per serving: 1757.25kJ, 9.7g protein, 16.84g fat, 53.89g carbs

TASTE’s take:
This everyday dish is a fabulous combination of textures. The original recipe comes from The Complete Middle East Cookbook by Tessa Mallos (Bok Books International), an excellent guide to an exotic collection of cuisines.

Phillippa Cheifitz Recipe by: Phillippa Cheifitz
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Regular TASTE contributor Phillippa is a well-known South African author and food writer, and has won many awards, both for her magazine features and her cookbooks.

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