Alexandrian koshary

Alexandrian koshary

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From
Cairo Kitchen
Serves
4
Photographer
Jonathan Gregson

Alexandrians have their own style of cooking and one of their notable dishes is the Alexandrian koshary, which is significantly different to the Cairo version. It is made with yellow lentils, rather than brown, the macaroni and the chickpeas are omitted and instead you get a serving of baladi salad seasoned with lots of vinegar and a hard-boiled egg that has been fried to give it a golden brown crust.

For the base

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
500g short-grain rice
250g yellow lentils
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
salt

For the baladi salad

Quantity Ingredient
100g tomatoes, finely diced
1/2 onion, finely diced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 teaspoons vinegar
1/2 lemon, juiced
4 teaspoons olive oil
salt

For the fried eggs

Quantity Ingredient
sunflower or vegetable oil, for deep-frying
4 eggs, hard-boiled

To serve

Quantity Ingredient
handful rocket

Method

  1. Soak the rice and lentils together in water for half an hour. After half an hour, drain and then wash the yellow lentils and the rice three to four times until the starch is removed from the rice and the colour is clear.
  2. In a medium pot, heat the oil over a medium heat and add the rice and lentils. Stir in the cumin and salt to taste and pour in 750 ml boiling water. Once all the ingredients have come up to the boil, reduce to a simmer, cover immediately and cook for 20 minutes or until tender.
  3. Meanwhile, make the salad by mixing all the ingredients together and seasoning with the salt.
  4. Heat the oil for deep-frying in a deep, heavy pan, add the hard-boiled eggs and deep-fry just until they form a golden brown crust.
  5. To assemble the koshary, plate the hot rice lentil dish with a side of fresh salad, some rocket and a fried hard-boiled egg.
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