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  • Serves


    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      55 min

Appears in
The Jewelled Kitchen

By Bethany Kehdy

Published 2013

  • About

While koshari may be Egypt’s glorious answer to street food, the word is not Arabic but rather derived from the Hindi word khichri, meaning a dish of rice and lentils. It’s an import, brought to Egypt by the British Army.


  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 small mild red chillies (or more to taste), deseeded and finely chopped
  • 6 ga


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a heavy-based saucepan over a medium heat, add the chillies, garlic and cumin and cook for about 1 minute until aromatic. Add the tomatoes and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low and leave to simmer, covered, for 20 minutes, s