I am sitting here eating koushari for lunch as I write this post.
Look at me multi-task!
While living in Egypt, koushari was my absolute favorite food to eat. It is also considered the "poor man" food because it is utterly cheap to make. I am extra lucky to have an Egyptian stepmom who gave me the recipe a few years back. I have changed a couple things through the years mostly to make a little more sauce--since I like things saucy!
Jared & I have been incorporating at least one vegetarian dish of rice and beans a week for health and budget reasons. This meal has been on repeat. Don't bother trying this if you don't like onion, garlic and lots of spice. It is very flavorful!
1 cup rice
1 cup elbow macaroni
3/4 cup brown lentils
2 medium onions
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chick peas
2 cans tomato sauce (15 oz each)
2-3 crushed garlic cloves
4 tablespoons white vinegar
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
3/4 teaspoon allspice
3/4 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon sugar
***I use brown rice and whole wheat pasta to up the health***
In a pot add 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and fry one of the onions (cut into rings) until golden brown. **I skip this step if I don't feel like making a mess** Remove onion rings and set aside. With the remaining oil add water following directions on package to cook rice. Bring to a boil. Add rice and let cook on low heat.
Meanwhile in another pot add the lentils and cover with water. Boil until tender. Drain. Put rice and lentils in a bowl together.
Boil macaroni in another pot and drain.
Sauce: put 1/2 tablespoon olive oil in a pot and add the other onion, finely chopped, and garlic. Saute until soft. Add tomato sauce, spices and vinegar. Let simmer 5-10 minutes.
To serve: Put rice/lentil mixture in a dish. Top with macaroni and chick peas. Serve warm with sauce and top off with onion rings.