A Comfort Dish: Egyptian Kashari Topped with Crispy Fried Onion Rings and Layered with Jasmine Rice – Lentils – Angel Hair Pasta – Chickpeas – Tomato Sauce Seasoned with Chopped Onion – Minced Garlic – Coriander – Cayenne – White Wine Vinegar

This is delicious!  Kashari is a good make-ahead dish. Start by assembling 3 baking dishes and a mixing bowl.  There is enough for 6 people, but it freezes well. . .

For 6:

–crispy fried onion rings (1 can)

–Jasmine rice (one-half cup rice; 1 cup water; no salt)

–lentils (1 can, drained)

–angel hair pasta (1 handful half-size pasta)

–chickpeas (one-half can, drained)

–tomato sauce (1 15-ounce can)

–chopped onion (one-quarter cup)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon)

–coriander (1 teaspoon)

–cayenne (optional; one-quarter teaspoon)

–white wine vinegar (1 tablespoon)

1 – Microwave the rice, covered, in water for 4 minutes on high; then microwave for 8 minutes on 50 percent power.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

2 – Place the angel hair pasta in water to cover; add salt to taste.  Microwave, uncovered, on high for 5 minutes; then microwave on 50 percent power for 4 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Use a small mixing bowl to make the seasoned tomato sauce.  Pour in the can of sauce, then add onion, garlic, coriander, cayenne (if using), and white wine vinegar.  Stir well.

4 – Assemble in a large baking dish.  First place rice; then drained lentils, then drained angel hair pasta.  Spoon one-half the tomato sauce on top.  Then add chickpeas.  Season to taste with extra virgin olive oil.  Sprinkle one-half the onion rings on top last.

5 – Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes. 

6 – Serve the kashari hot, passing seasoned tomato sauce and crispy onion rings at the table for additional taste.

–recipe adapted from The Mediterranean Dish, a blog.

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