Lentils and Rice (Koshary) (Egypt)

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

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  1. 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. This isn't a real recipe for koshary. Traditional koshary has pasta, garbanzo beans, spicy tomato sauce, and crispy fried onions (as a topping) in addition to rice and lentils. If you want to experience REAL koshary, find a different recipe. This looks like a good side dish though.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  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!


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