A hearty dinner or lunch recipe. Serving the layers in the middle of the table for kids to build their own Koshari bowl is a great way to give them choice and control. This dish has many textures and elements that would be sensory overload for a fussy child. A prepare to eat routine is highly recommended with this dish.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Egyptian
  • Macaroni or Risoni or Chopped Cooked Spaghetti
  • (We are using risoni as we have it on hand)
  • ½ cup Rice (Brown or Basmati)
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • ½ cup Green Lentils (dry)
  • 1 Tin of Chick Peas (approx 400g), drained
  • 1 Tin of tomatoes
  • 1 Brown Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 crushed cloves of Garlic
  • ½ tsp Black Pepper
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • ½ tsp Paprika
  • 40ml Lime juice
  1. Boil pasta for 10 minutes until cooked, drain and set aside (follow packet instructions).
  2. Boil green lentils for 20 minutes until tender, drain and set aside.
  3. Fry the rice briefly in some olive oil and then add 1 cup of water (or 1.5 cups for brown rice), bring to the boil and then reduce the heat to simmer so that the rice cooks via absorption method.
  4. Fry the onion until very well cooked and caramelised around the edges. Stir the garlic in with the onion. Add the mix to the tinned tomatoes in a saucepan with black pepper, cinnamon, cumin, paprika and lime juice.
  5. To serve this dish, you each construct your layers as follows: pasta, rice, lentils, chick peas, tomato sauce. Each layer is meant to get smaller in diameter as you go up giving the dish a dome-shape. For kids, the joy is making their own layers or piles of the ingredients.
  6. side dish suggestions: salad greens, fresh tomatoes, mint, chilli flakes (optional)
Recipe by Play With Food at https://www.playwithfood.com.au/koshari-egyptian-cuisine/