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The luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent brings visitors to exotic destinations around the world. One of the most popular countries for A&K guests is Egypt, which is where this koshary recipe originated.

Koshary is one of the most traditional dishes for any meal in Egypt. It consists of rice, lentils, pasta, and onions, layered and covered in tomato sauce. It’s eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Koshary is a working-class staple in Egypt, sold from street food stalls, dished up in restaurants, and a go-to dish in homes.

The preparation of Koshary on the streets is both a sight and sound experience.The cart or side-street eatery is lined with large containers of each of the dish’s ingredients. The Koshary man then proceeds to scoop each ingredient onto a metal bowl and knocks his metal on the side of the plate after each item, making a symphony of Koshary sounds that attracts tourists to each cart. During busy hours, vendors compile a whole Koshary plate in under 5 seconds! With that same ease, you can make your won Koshary at home, once all of the ingredients are cooked, of course.