Lentils and Rice (Koshary) (Egypt)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 25 mins

Yet another recipe I discovered on the "World Hearth Circle of International Cooking." This looks promising as a meatless main dish or a side dish.


  1. Heat oil in pan, add onion and fry for 3 minutes.
  2. Add lentils, water, pepper and cumin.
  3. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Add 2 cups water and bring to a boil.
  4. Add rice and salt and continue to boil.
  5. Then reduce heat to low, cover the pan and simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes. Serve.
Most Helpful

I haven't made this yet, but other recipes I have seen have a spicy tomatoe sauce on top, then garnished with crisp fried onions. This seems like it would be better with the sauce. Maybe if I combined two recipes? hmmmmm....

susi1662 March 04, 2010

Koshary or Lentils and Rice receipe was different than I was taught. I love the dish and the lentils and rice, sauce, and elbow macaroni. I cooked the lentils twice as long as the rice and added chicken bullion to the water. I cooked it all more than 45 minutes in total or the lentils will be hard. The receipe needs to be re-written and corrected. My results and directions are different than the printed receipe. Sill a great dish.

beaugirl May 21, 2016

A nice side dish. I think it would be more traditional to include tomato sauce & pasta. It definitely needs something with a bolder flavor to go into or along with it.

Coraniaid August 01, 2013