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! :)

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!!! :)

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. :) 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!!!

Koshari - Lentils and Rice with Tomato Sauce
Serves 4


Ingredients:

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

Method:

Cook the rice, macaroni and lentils in sufficient water with salt separately 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.

Notes:

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 a bouillon cube to sauce for more flavor.

This is a very simple and hearty meal, with no complications at all!!! :)

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