Egypt’s rich and extensive history has fused cultures from around the world to produce an incomparable gastronomic experience. Below is a mere sample of all of the tasty goodness Egypt has to offer.
1. Liver, Alexandria Style: Stir-fried liver with fresh chili peppers, lime wedges, and warm pitas, served on a plate or in a sandwich with a side of French fries and mixed pickles.
2. Molokheya: a rich green soup made from the finely chopped leaves of the Jute plant stirred with fried garlic for an extra kick, served with rice or bread.
3. Fatta: Slow-cooked lamb seared on a bed of spices is covered in pieces of crispy-fried bread, rice, and a mouth-watering tomato-based sauce.
4. Koshary: One of Egypt’s most famous dishes, this concoction of satisfaction is simple to make yet just as delicious.
To make the dish:
1. Stir-fry rice 2 cups of rice for 3 min in 1 tablespoon of oil and then add 3 cups of water and a tablespoon of salt and let it boil for 20-25 minutes
2. Bring another pot of lightly salted water to a boil, and then add 1 package of macaroni and let it cook for about 8 minutes, making sure it doesn’t get too soft.
3. Soak 1 cup of lentils for 30 minutes, and then drain and rinse it twice. Bring two cups of water to a boil, add ½ tablespoon of salt and the lentils, and then reduce low heat and let it cook for 20-25 minutes.
4. Drain the rice, macaroni and lentils in a colander.
5. Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, add 5 minced onions and stir for 10-15 minutes until they brown. Then remove the onions and add 2 minced garlic cloves to the pan for 1 minute before removing it.
6. Place half of the onion mixture into a saucepan. Mix in 3 tablespoons of vinegar. Add 4 chopped tomatoes and ½ cup of tomato paste, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, and 2 1/2 teaspoons salt, cumin, and cayenne. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer about 12 minutes.
7. Serve by placing a spoonful of rice, then macaroni, and then the lentils on serving plates. Sprinkle with some of the caramelized onions, then top with a healthy serving of tomato sauce. Voila! Koshari is served.