KUSHARI WITH MIX BEEF
(EGYPTIAN PASTA,RICE,LENTILS WITH TOMATOES)
I love this dish. Its a fantastic Delicious dish to have anytime of the year. So, from the land of the PHARAOH, PYRAMIDS to my home, From my home to yours. Enjoy and stay HEALTHY!
My twist to KUSHARI a traditional national EGYPTIAN dish, made with Macaroni, rice, and lentils with tomato sauce. This dish is DELICIOUS and AMAZING!!!, full of Flavor and healthy!
NOTES: Traditionally, The Macaroni is much smaller. Please this is not Macaroni and cheese. They cook the lentils, Rice, and pasta separately before mixing the rice, lentils and pasta together. You can also serve this dish in layers. They do not add oil to the rice mix.
Also if you are going to use the traditional brown or any whole lentils, the lentils are going to need about 30 to 35 minutes to cook. Also add more water if you think you need it. Grind the sauce in a blender if you like it smoother and if you do add tomato past, cook it about 10 minute longer. They also make the tomato sauce with much more oil. You can also brown and saute some onions and add to the dish. Salad would be a nice side.
KUSHARI WITH A TWIST METHOD
In a pot, cook the rice in 2 cups of water and salt, overmedium heat for 5 minutes. Add the lentils and cook for about 20 minutes. In a pot with water and salt, cook the pasta for 6 minutes. In a pan heat the oil on medium heat. Add the onions, saute for 2 minutes, add garlic saute for about 3 minutes. Stir in rice lentils, pasta, coriander, pepper flakes, parsley. Cook on low heat for about 5 minutes. Add salt and black pepper to your taste. KUSHARI is almost ready.
TOMATO SAUCE METHOD
In a pan heat the coconut oil over medium heat. Add onion, cook for 4 minute, add garlic, cook for 2 minute, add cherry tomatoes, cumin, salt and black pepper to taste. Cook for about 6 minutes. KUSHARI is ready, serve sauce on top of the rice mix. KUSHARI can be serve and eaten as vegetarian or Add….
Over medium heat in a pan, heat the coconut oil. Add beef, saute for 4 minutes, add grind onion, garlic, allspice, cumin, Cayenne pepper, bay leaf, salt and black pepper to taste. Cook for 2 minutes, add water stir and cover and cook on low heat for about 20 minutes. Add the green onions, cilantro and cook for another 5 minutes. Mix the cucumber, lemon and mint together in a bowl and Garnish .
About Afia Annebasua
I was born on a Friday in Accra Ghana. Tradition says, if you are born on Friday, your first name will be Afia. Growing up with my mother, older brother Dela, and two older sisters Belinda and Evelyn we cooked everything from scratch. Since the age of seven I found myself in the kitchen much of the time helping cook traditional meals with the family.
After receiving a degree in fashion, I moved to the United States. Still craving the foods I grew up with, it was difficult to find all of the ingredients to prepare traditional meals. I remember calling my brother Dela in Ghana complaining about missing our favorite foods such as African yams. His answer was “Eat Potatoes”. That was unacceptable to me!
Also somewhere along the way I became health conscious and wanted to prepare healthier dishes. So, what is an African girl out of Africa to do? I took big brother’s advice and developed my own way of preparing African cuisine a with fresh, healthy, delicious, and flavorful exotic style. I had to improvise with some traditional ingredients while sticking with the traditional recipes and adding a modern twist.
Being fashion conscience, I like to blend current trends with African culture. Those who know me will agree that I’m eclectic in my style, that fashion and design are a big part of my lifestyle. You see it in the way I decorate my home and the way I blend styles of the old and the new with a sense of African culture.
“Taste Africa in Style” is about a life style. It shows my great passion for blending African tradition with modern style and allows me to share my love of cooking traditional, healthy, and tasty meals. My hope is that people will be able see the beauty of “Taste Africa in Style” as I do. Enjoy!