Koshari & Baharat – 2 Jewels of Egypt

Koshari dish 1

Koshari is the national dish of Egypt … and deservingly so. The texture, the aroma, the taste … it’s something that needs to be internationally recognized. So until that happens, we’re going to pay homage to it here on our blog.

The main ingredients are rice, macaroni, brown lentils, and garbanzo beans (a.k.a. chickpeas). This dynamic quatro is loaded with nutritious goodies. Here’s a listing for the ingredients we used and why they’re good for you:

Brown Rice – magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, vitamin B6, manganese, and fiber

Brown Rice Pasta – see brown rice

Brown Lentils – protein, fiber, folate, and iron

Garbanzo Beans – fiber, protein, manganese, folate, copper, and phosphorus

Koshari Ingredients

The “thing” that makes Koshari so delish is the accompanying spice mix: Baharat.  This fragrant mixture is made up of only 8 ingredients, but it makes a powerful impact.

Baharat Spice Mix


Baharat Spice Mix Recipe

Baharat is a very common spice mix in the Middle East. This recipe is for a basic spice mix. If preparing a Turkish dish, add mint. You can also use this spice mix in a variety of ways. Add olive oil and lemon juice to create a marinade. It can also to used on a wide-range of foods like chicken, lamb, and seafood.

This marvelous spice mix is what makes this classic Egyptian dish the star of the country. So we’ll just keep making Koshari with Baharat until it’s recognized as an international treasure.

Koshari dish 2


Koshari Recipe






How To Prepare Spaghetti Squash 3 Different Ways

Spaghetti Squash. If you are one of the few people who actually know what a spaghetti squash is, it’s probably safe to say you can only prepare it one way. Squash as spaghetti. Served with … what? Yep, you guessed it, pasta sauce.

Well, prepare to have your minds blown! We recently did a cooking demo at the Detroit Eastern Market where we displayed three different dishes using that oblong yellow vegetable. And, to add more of a wow factor, all three dishes can be created in 30 minutes or less.

With the varying dietary intake that has America divided like the current presidency, we decided to offer one dish as vegan, one as vegetarian, and one as carnivorous.

We’ll get more into that later. For now, let’s describe a spaghetti squash and briefly review its health benefits. If you’re in the majority of the people who haven’t even heard of this vegetable, then you’ll probably asking yourself “what is a spaghetti squash?” Picture this … a winter vegetable with a hard pale yellow exterior with a stringy flesh. Got an image in your head? Ok good, hold on to that for a sec.

Now let’s take a moment to reflect on the nutritional value of the almighty spaghetti squash. First of all, it’s very low in calories. I mean … we’re talking less than a half a gram of fat per cup. It’s also low in carbs, containing only 10 grams per cup. Two things this squash is high in is fiber and water content. All of these qualities bundled together makes the spaghetti squash pretty darn attractive!

  • good for weight loss
  • good for weight management
  • aids in regulating digestion
  • helps to reduce constipation
  • helps to lower cholesterol

Ok, enough of that. Let’s get back to the good stuff … how to take this vegetable nerd and turn it into three different delicious dishes.

The first dish is Spaghetti Squash with Rustic Tomato Sauce. It’s a hearty dish that warms the stomach on a rainy day. Vegan.

Spaghetti Squash with Rustic Tomato Sauce



The next dish is Spaghetti Squash Casserole. This meal is a flavorful twist on the classic spaghetti and meatballs. Carnivorous.

Spaghetti Squash Casserole


The final dish is Fried Quinoa Spaghetti Squash Cakes with a Moroccan dipping sauce. This is an appetizer that will surely impress anyone who takes a bite. Vegetarian.

Fried Quinoa Spaghetti Squash Cakes

Dipping Sauce for Fried Quinoa Spaghetti Squash Cakes

Trust me … you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this vegetable nerd. I do hope you enjoy these recipes. Don’t be afraid to experiment with them. Don’t be afraid to interchange ingredients. Don’t be afraid to make them your own.

Detroit Jam Co.

The Detroit Jam Co is a local Detroit-based company that represents a creative spirit and drive that isn’t found anywhere else. You see, proud Detroiters are resilient, hard-working, and loyal people who will stop at nothing to accomplish their goals. We partnered with DJC because we share that same spirit and drive.

Detroit Jam Co

We have developed 7 recipes that highlight the deliciousness of Detroit Jam Co products. We took 4 jams:

  • Savory Tomato Jam
  • Raspberry Rhubarb Rose
  • Apple Pie
  • Honeyed Apricot Jalapeno


DJC Logo

I know what you’re probably thinking … those are interesting names for jams, especially since jams are typically a sweet delight that’s added to toast, bagels, and of course the classic peanut butter and jelly (or jam) sandwich. So the staff cooks and chefs at Culinary Kisses took those jams and made the most fabulous dishes that are as unique as the jam itself.

Click on this link to view the Detroit Jam Co website: http://www.detroitjamco.com/. They offer several of jams that do not disappoint on flavor or fun.

And here are the 7 recipes we developed. We hope you enjoy them!

Tomato Jam Chicken
Apple Crisp Squares

RECIPE: Apple Crisp Squares                            RECIPE: Tomato Jam Chicken


Tomato Jam Tacos
Triple R Waffles





RECIPE: Tomato Jam Tacos                          RECIPE: Triple R Waffles


Warm H.A.J. Kale & Salmon Salad


RECIPE: Warm H.A.J. Kale and Salmon Salad



Mini Vegan Cream Apple Pie Cups


Mini Vegan Cream Apple Pie Cups




Raspberry Rhubarb Rose Smoothie Bowl


RECIPE: Raspberry Rhubard Rose Smoothie Bowl