Translation: Lentils & Rice w/ Spicy Tomato Sauce

Cuisine: Egyptian

Recipe Type: Main Dish

Average User Rating: 1.39 / 5

Vegetarian / Vegan: Vegan

Kochari, a spicy dish made of lentils, rice and tomato sauce, is a fast food staple in the Middle East, and is commonly offered by street vendors in cities like Cairo.


1 cup brown lentils
1 cup (basmati) rice
1 cup uncooked pasta (small shells or elbow macaroni is best)
1 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 TB oil
2-3 tomatoes, diced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red chilli pepper flakes (or more to taste)
salt & black pepper, to taste


Place the lentils in 4 cups of salted water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 15-30 minutes, depending on the type of lentils you are using. When the lentils are quite tender, add the rice to the lentils and continue simmering until the rice is cooked, adding water if necessary.

Cook the macaroni in a separate pot. Rinse and strain when done. Meanwhile, fry the onions and garlic in the oil until golden. Add the tomatoes, chili flakes, salt and pepper, and let it simmer for 10-20 minutes or until thickened and sauce-like.

Puree the sauce in a food processor until smooth. Mix the lentils, rice and macaroni together in one pot. Place some of the lentil mixture on each plate and top with tomato sauce. Sprinkle with more hot chili powder, if desired.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 1 hour

Servings: 4

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This is so like an Indian dish of rice, dal and vegetables called Khichari- and the name is so similar too- wonder if there\'s a connection?

Recipe Rating: 4 Stars

User: Sarojini
2:51 pm

excellent taste. simple to prepare

Recipe Rating: 5 Stars

User: Atul
11:01 am

Vegetarian Kochari Recipe - Average User Rating: 1.39 / 5 - 2 Ratings, 2 Reviews