A recipe for koshari, Egyptian street food with a nod to Afrofuturism

Feb. 27, 2018

Lois Oviawe/Mic

Wakanda, the Afrofuturistic society in Black Panther, celebrates many beautiful aspects of African culture and tradition like never before.

Lois Oviawe/Mic

While Wakanda is a fictional country in Africa, it is an amalgamation of many alluring and existing cultures of different African countries.

Lois Oviawe/Mic

Food blogger Lois Oviawe of Yummy Medley developed this recipe for koshari as an homage to Afrofuturism.

Lois Oviawe/Mic

Koshari is an Egyptian street-food dish composed of rice, beans, pasta and a chickpea and tomato sauce.

Lois Oviawe/Mic

Preparation

1. Slice the onions lengthwise.

Lois Oviawe/Mic

2. Fry the onions until golden brown, and set aside.

Lois Oviawe/Mic

3. Soak the rice in cool water and set aside.

Lois Oviawe/Mic

4. In a pot, boil the soaked lentils in 4 cups of water on medium-high heat until it is 3/4 cooked.

Lois Oviawe/Mic

(Do not salt the water that you will be boiling the lentils in, as this will make it cook unevenly.)

Lois Oviawe/Mic

5. Cook the lentils until they are slightly al dente, or 3/4 of the way cooked. (This should take about 15 to 20 minutes.)

Lois Oviawe/Mic

Drain the soaked rice and mix in with the boiling lentils with 1/2 teaspoon salt, the vegetable bouillon and 2 tablespoons of the oil used to fry the onions.

Lois Oviawe/Mic

The water in the pot should be just enough to cover the rice and lentils. Once the rice and lentil mixture starts to bubble, turn the heat down to low...

Lois Oviawe/Mic

cover the pot and allow to cook for 5 minutes. The water should not be completely boiled off.

Lois Oviawe/Mic

6. Next, add in the vermicelli noodles, mix, cover the pot and let it sit for 2 minutes on the lowest heat possible.

Lois Oviawe/Mic

7. Take the lentil, rice and vermicelli mixture off the heat and allow to stand covered for 10 minutes. Then fluff the koshari with a fork and set it aside.

Lois Oviawe/Mic

8. To make the tomato sauce, simply blend the tomatoes, Scotch bonnet pepper (optional) and garlic.

Lois Oviawe/Mic

9. Place the tomato sauce in a sauce pan with 1/4 cup of the oil used to fry the onions. Add the salt, sugar, cumin and vinegar.

Lois Oviawe/Mic

Simmer the tomato sauce for 20 minutes on low heat. Then set aside until ready to serve.

Lois Oviawe/Mic

To serve the koshari, scoop the rice, lentil and pasta mix first on a plate, and top with some chickpeas, tomato sauce and fried onions.

Lois Oviawe/Mic