When I saw this recipe on Kveller, I just knew I was going to like it. Egyptian street food – yes! 

Here is the link to the original recipe Koshary

When I make it again I will make the following changes:

  • Reduce the amount of oil. It’s not necessary because it’s so flavorful.
  • Ditch the rice. 
  • Ditch the lentils. 
  • Crank up the spice. I don’t typically like really spicy food but the original recipe was too mild for my taste. 
  • Add a touch of maple syrup. It takes down the acidity of the dish which I really liked. 

The sauce is what really makes this dish. I used 2 cloves of garlic, 2 teaspoons of ginger, cumin and coriander, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Add this to 2 tablespoons of oil and simmer spices and a 28 ounce can of tomatoes together until it makes a nice sauce. 

I also added 1 tablespoon of maple syrup to cut the acidity of the tomatoes. It’s not very Middle Eastern but I think it turned out well.

Try it you’ll like it! (Wasn’t there a commercial that used to use that catch phrase?)

Until we eat again. 

C.A. 

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