Almost 20 years ago I lived in Egypt. It feels just like yesterday. I am riveted to news about Egypt’s revolution and eager for news from friends and their families in Cairo. With Egypt and the people of the country on my mind, I plan on making koshari for dinner tomorrow. My favorite memory of koshari is eating a bowl from a street vendor in the middle of the night in downtown Cairo. Noodles, lentils, red sauce, garlic, fried onions – heaven!
I’m still waiting for my friend’s family recipe, but the Internet yielded several recipes that should get me close enough to the real thing. I found this recipe on All Recipes.com and I’m crossing my fingers for a meal that brings back memories of Cairo.
– 1-1/2 cups uncooked long grain rice
– 2 cups small macaroni (the small rings are the best)
– 1/4 cup vegetable oil
– 4 large onions, chopped
– 8 cloves garlic, minced
– 2 (15.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
– 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
– salt and pepper to taste