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Koshari on a large white plate.


  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Egyptian


Koshari is a vegan Egyptian street food made with rice, lentils, macaroni, chickpeas, tomato sauce, and crispy onions! It is a hearty, cheap, and easy dinner that is also perfect for meal prep.




  • 1 15oz can chickpeas 
  • 1 12oz can lentils 
  • 1 cup dry basmati rice 
  • 1 cup dry small macaroni (elbow or ditalini) 
  • Crispy onions for serving 

Tomato Sauce

  • 1 15oz can tomato sauce 
  • 1 small white onion, diced 
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar 
  • 2 tsp cumin 
  • 1 tsp coriander powder 
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • ¼ tsp chili flakes (optional + more for serving)   


  1. Make your rice. Add one cup of rice and two cups of water to a medium pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover with a lid, and let simmer 18-20 mins until rice is tender. 
  2. Make your tomato sauce. 
    1. In a medium saucepan, heat up some oil over medium high heat. Cook onions and garlic 3-5 minutes until they start to brown. 
    2. Stir in cumin, coriander powder, chili flakes, and salt. 
    3. Reduce heat to low and add tomato sauce and white vinegar. Cover with a lid, and simmer for about 5 minutes. 
    4. Taste your sauce, and adjust seasonings as needed. 
  3. Make your macaroni. Cook your macaroni in a pot of salted water according to package instructions.  
  4. Drain and rinse your lentils and chickpeas. To save time, I use canned lentils and chickpeas, but you can make your own from dry.  
  5. Serve. Lay a bed of rice on your plate and top with lentils, macaroni, tomato sauce, chickpeas, then the crispy onions. Sprinkle some extra chili flakes for extra spice. 

Keywords: Koshari, Kushari, Vegan Street Food, Egyptian Food, Vegan Egyptian Food, Lentils, Chickpeas