Kusherie (Egyptian Rice and Lentils)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 35 mins

Easy to make, despite the recipe length, and high in protein. In Egypt this is served with plain yogurt as a side dish. From Mennonite cookbook More-With-Less.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large heavy saucepan over medium heat, brown lentils in 2 Tbsp oil, about 5 minutes, stirring often.
  2. Add the 3 cups boiling stock and the salt and pepper.
  3. Cook uncovered 10 minutes over medium heat.
  4. Stir in the rice and 1 cup stock.
  5. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 25 minutes without stirring.
  6. Meanwhile make sauce: Heat all the sauce ingredients together in a medium saucepan.
  7. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 20-30 minutes.
  8. To make browned onions, heat oil in a small skillet.
  9. Saute onions and garlic over medium heat till browned.
  10. To serve, put rice lentil mixture on a platter, pour tomato sauce over and top with browned onions.
Most Helpful

Wow! We are studying Egypt in our home school, so I searched out a good lentil recipe. This fit the bill!! We all LOVED it!! Thanks so much for posting! I followed the recipe except the onion part since we are not fans. Instead I added a bit of onion and garlic powders to the sauce...delicious!!

Climbnyak November 26, 2012

We love this recipe! We've been making it for 25 years and it's still one of my favorites. Glad to see it on food.com.

Chef Mom 5 January 04, 2011

I found this in my more-with-less cookbook when looking for ways to use up a huge sack of lentils. I was amazed at how flavorful this dish is, even though I left out the green pepper for personal preference. The lentil/rice mix didn't have much flavor, but it was wonderful topped with the spicy sauce and the almost-caramelized onions. A great, economical, vegan meal. (and we are meat-lovers in my family!)

appleydapply January 12, 2009