Spicy Egyptian Koshari

Kid Friendly
Dairy Free

Title: Spicy Egyptian Koshari
Author: Britney Shawley
Recipe type: Dinner
Prep time: 10 minutes 
Cook time: 15 to 20 minutes 
Total time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4-5 people 

This is a classic Egyptian Cuisine, and even though I have never been to Egypt, I am always fascinated by other cuisines and this dish spoke to me on many different levels. It is a one pot meal first of all, which is a score. It also contains protein with the lentils and is made into a complete meal with the rice and pasta and loads of nourishing spices. It is so tasy, simple and a crowd pleaser! I know you will love it. Hope you enjoy the few tweaks I made to it as well 🙂


1/2 cup red lentils (rinsed)
1/2 cup basmati rice (rinsed)
1 1/4 cups orzo pasta
3-4 cups vegetable broth
1 can petite diced tomatoes (or 3/4 jar strained tomatoes)
1 1/2 tbsp cumin
1 1/2 tbsp coriander
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1-2 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp white vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
2 medium onions. sliced thin
1-2 leeks, green ends chopped off, sliced in half and sliced thin (or use 1 more onion)
1 tbsp tamari (soya sauce)
pinch sea salt


1) In a medium pan add butter, onions and leeks. Let simmer down for 10 minutes. Then add 1 tbsp tamari sauce and a pinch of salt. Let cook on super low until the dish is done. stirring often. 
2) In a large pot add oil and all your spices- cumin, coriander, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, sea salt, black pepper. Let cook for 1 -2 minutes until aromatic
3) Add in your broth and diced tomatoes/sauce
4) Add in your red lentils, orzo pasta and rice. Put a lid on it and let it cook together on medium for about 5 minutes. Stir often. Add your vinegar and stir. 
5) The broth will begin to absorb, if it is not yet cooked but broth almost gone, add up to 1/2 cup more water / broth. Let cook together for another 15 minutes or so until all pasta lentils and rice are soft. 
6) Add to a plate, sprinkle salt, add a few table spoons of caramelized onions / leeks on top. Serve alongside garlic bread and fresh salad. Eat and serve with Love!!

Saving Money:

This is a super budget friendly meal. Use what you have in your pantry and you will be smooth sailing with this recipe. 

Quick Tips & Tools:


1 medium pan, 1 large pot, cutting board, knife.



Sometimes the lentils / rice / pasta soak up the broth quite quickly. So keep an eye on it, stir often, and add some broth as you go, bit by bit, if it is needed. 
When in doubt, make extra caramelized onions. They are so heavenly on top of this dish!

Saving Time:

This meal takes about 20 minutes, so you honestly can not be much quicker than that.. unless you cook a big batch, store in fridge and warm up on a fry pan with butter the next day 🙂

Set Your Intention:

I am Love. And I welcome Love to flow through me and into this meal, to greatly nourish and bless all who eat it.

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