The thoughts of an American Muslim and mother of four raising her children in small town USA with her Egyptian husband.
Thursday, March 06, 2008
All this talk of koushari lately... It's easy!!! So here is my personal recipe:
1 cup brown lentils 1 cup short grain rice 1 cup uncooked pasta (elbow macaroni is best) 1 large onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons oil 1 can tomato sauce 1/2 tsp coriander 1/4 teaspoon crushed red chili pepper flakes (or more to taste) salt and black pepper
Cook the lentils in just over a 5 cups of salted water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 15-30 minutes, depending on the type of lentils you are using. Keep checking and add water if needed.
At the same time cook up some rice using a 1 cup rice to 2 1/2 cups water ratio. I measure the water and the rice with the same cup.
Cook the macaroni in a separate pot like you normally would. Rinse and strain when done.
Meanwhile, fry the onions and garlic in the oil until golden. At the very last minute of frying add the coriander. Then just pour the tomato sauce on and simmer.
Mix the lentils, rice and macaroni together in one pot.
Add about a tbsp of vinegar to the sauce after you take it off the burner.
Place some of the lentil mixture on each plate and top with tomato sauce.
Sprinkle with hot chili powder or salt and pepper, if desired.
I am a mother to four wonderful kids and the wife to one wonderful Egyptian! We live in a small town in the Midwest and work in our small businesses. I am also a Waldorf preschool teacher and childcare provider, a backyard chicken lady, a part time homeschooler, and a generally crunchy mama (think hijabi in birks).