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
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 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.