Lazy Kushari


*As seen on Fry’s Vegetarian‘s website!*

Kushari is a popular veggie roadside dish in Egypt. It’s a mix of rice, pasta, lentils, tomato sauce and fried onions! A big bowl of comfort. You will need baharat seasoning (recipe) or “eyeball” it from that recipe.

*These are presented in the order of layers, starting from the bottom. Please read over to know how you will time everything depending on how much space you have.

I guess there are more ways to make this even lazier with pre-cooked pasta and rice, but I’m guessing you already have these in your dry cupboard and will save money not buying that premade stuff.

I made them here with grilled Fry’s Braai sausages (as instructed on the package).


Makes 6-8 servings


  • 1 1/2 – 2 C (150g) small-shaped pasta
  • olive oil

Cooked as instructed in salted water.

Drain, put in serving dish and toss with a little olive oil to prevent sticking.


  • 1 Tbsp vegetable ghee (or margarine)
  • 1 C (170g) basmati rice
  • 500ml (2 1/4 C) boiling water
  • salt

Melt vegetable ghee (or margarine) in a saucepan, and fry rice for 2 min on med-low heat.
SLOWLY add boiling water and a pinch of salt.
Stir & bring to a boil. Turn down to low and cover with lid. Simmer 10 min, let sit for 5. (or follow your rice instructions).

Spread on top of pasta in serving dish.

Chickpeas & Green Lentils

  • 1 tin of chickpeas
  • 1 ten of green lentils

Pour both tins directly in a sauce pan and heat through.

Drain and spread over rice in serving dish.

Caramelized Onions + Spicy Sauce

  • 1 big onion, cut into rings

On a low heat with a little oil in a frying pan, stir fry onions about 10 min until nice and brown.

With the leftover onions in the same frying pan, add:

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

Fry on a medium heat until brown.
Then add:

  • 250g (1/2 tin) tin of tomatoes
  • 3/4C (150ml) water
  • baharat seasoning
  • chilli flakes or powder to your liking
  • salt
  • pepper

Simmer until reduced and thick.
Pour over chickpeas and lentils.

Now give it all a big mix!

Serve with the extra onions on top!


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