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.

Ingredients Nutrition


  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

3 5

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....

2 5

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.

4 5

I made this for dinner tonight. It was really good, but I had to double the water to cook the rice. I cooked the onion for much longer and because I used puy lentils, they also needed much longer cooking (than just the 5 minutes in step 3). I opted to use double the pepper and cumin and use chicken stock rather than water and salt. Don't get me wrong, the end result was excellent and I want to make this again!