Koshari - I need it
Koshary, kushary, kushari. It's all crack to me. We moved from Burke, VA last year where we went to the excellent Old Cairo Grill, but now are in Annapolis, a solid 60 miles away. Is there hope of any Egyptian restaurant with koshari, any closer than that?
I know there are some old threads on this, I'm hoping for some new information if available. Thanks a lot.
im Egyptian and can give you the recipe! its really simple!
equal parts of the following items
1 cup short grain rice or sushi rice wihch is also short grain and is what is traditionally used in egypt.
Half a cup of ditalini pasta
half a cup of cut spaghetti
1 cup of brown lentils
cook the rice using the pilaf method but reduce the amount of wanter so that the rice doesnt stick together and become gummy, so typically 1 1/4 cups to 1 cup of short grain rice.
mix all the above and ingredients and top with the following.
1 can of chickpeas rinsed
and fried onions
as for sauce
4 cloves of garlic that are minced
1/2 tablespoon butter
1/2 tablespoon white vinegar
1 small can tomato sauce
melt the butter in a pot, and add the garlic and fry till golden brown, add vinegar and reduce for about a minute or so, add tomato sauce and let simmer for 10 minutes. season to taste and you can add cayenne pepper if you like it spicy.
if you want the white vinegary sauce let me know!
The little food stand in the Crystal City (Arlington) water park sells koshari. I just had it for lunch today - my first time eating koshari, so I have no basis for comparison. But I can say that it was a pretty tasty fast meal. I especially liked the spicing of the sauces that came with it - a nice amount of kick.
And a very cheap one - under $5, including tax.
re: Lori D
re: Lori D
The kosheri at the water park food stand is outstanding. Also, try this fella's desserts. He has a coconut confection that will knock your socks off. My wife's favorite from him is the Philly cheesesteak. She says it's the best she's had. Ever. And we used to live in South Jersey outside Philadelphia! http://www.arlnow.com/2011/09/29/meet...
It took me longer than I wanted, but I got the koshari at Waterpark yesterday. Man was it good, and man was it a lot of food (and carbs). I like both the garlic sauce and the hot sauce that he gives on the side.
It's my new favorite place for lunch, especially in good weather (so peaceful there).
I'm going to have to try the cheesesteak on your recommendation. Though next up is the chicken schwarma, I think. Not much of a dessert guy myself, so I'll leave that for others.
Phone first to make certain it is in stock, but The Gourmet Basket in McLean has the crack you desire. Be warned, by visiting there you'll acquire a new set of addictions: pumpkin kibbe, eggplant salad, cous cous salad are my own addictions. There are many other appealing dishes that are available by special order.
When cold weather returns, are sublime, although so thick that they need to be thinned somewhat with stock.
6829 Tennyson Dr
McLean, VA 22101