Kushari topped with fried onion
|Koshary, kosheri or koshari|
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|rice, macaroni, tomato sauce, vegetable oil, onions, cumin, lentils|
|chickpeas, hot sauce, garlic juice|
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Kushari, also koshary, kosheri or koshari (Egyptian Arabic: كشرى, [ˈkoʃæɾi]), is an Egyptian dish of rice, macaroni and lentils mixed together, topped with a tomato sauce, some add spaghetti garnished with chickpeas and crispy fried onions. A sprinkling of garlic juice and hot sauce are optional.
Kushari originated in the mid 19th century, during a time when Egypt was a multi-cultural country and the economy was booming. The lower class's usually limited pantry became full with a myriad of ingredients: lentils, rice, macaroni, chickpeas, tomato sauce, onions, garlic, oil, etc. At the end of the month, families would usually have a little left of everything, so families would use it up by putting it all together into a tasty dish.
The origins of kushari are not known, but there is a convincing theory that Kushari was popularized by Egypt's Jewish population and that the etymology of the word signifies food that is "kosher." The addition of the descriptive "i" sound after "kosher" means "that which is kosher".
Koshari is widely popular amongst workers and laborers. It may be prepared at home or served at roadside stalls and restaurants all over Egypt; some restaurants specialize in kushari to the exclusion of other dishes, while others feature it as an item among many. As it does not contain any animal products, it can be considered vegan so long as all frying uses vegetable oil.
- "Kushari recipe". Whats4eats.com. Retrieved 2013-02-17.
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