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it mentions that this dish is made from 'macaroni' but the pasta in the photo isn't macaroni: — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:22, 1 March 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I really like kushari. The restaurants often have rice pudding available for those needing a second course. Once, near the main market area of Cairo, I went to a small kushari restaurant whose proprietor claimed his grandfather invented the dish. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

As the creator of the page, I should point out I am not an expert, so please correct my mistakes and improve the article. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

I think the other article should be delete. 19:02, 4 November 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
After eating quite a bit of kushari this summer in Cairo, I added a bit here. I'm not quite comfortable with the word "traditional" because I doubt that kushari goes back more than a couple of hundred years, but I chould be wrong about that. It didn't seem that people were eating it in places that claimed to be traditional, but that might just be because it was seen as a low-class food. Speaking of which, was I too heavy handed referring to it as fast food? There did seem to be quite a lot of kushari taken away. Also, please sign your comments. --Zachbe 18:07, 16 November 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I assume the reference to "fasts" really implies breaking fast, rather than fast itself. Perhaps, then, a better link would be Iftar - the Arabic name for the breakfast eaten at sunset during the holy month of Ramadan. In any case, I wouldn't say that Kosheri being eaten at Iftar is more significant than it being eaten for dinner - it's really no more common than any other food eaten at this time. It just depends where you are and how much money you have. Madeinsane 18:38, 18 December 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
You're getting the wrong end of the stick, Zachbe meant 'fast' as in 'served quickly' rather than 'fast' as in 'go without food'. FlagSteward 01:23, 1 October 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I thought he was talking about Christian fasts, because it is a vegetarian dish.Tamer (talk) 10:07, 1 August 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Just curious - Is kushari related at all to the South Asian dish khichdi (kedgeree in Britain)? --SameerKhan 21:52, 20 January 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Given that one of the other names for khichdi is khichari, and the close contacts between India and Arabia, it's bound to have a common ancestry. In fact the 'simple' forms of kushari mentioned elsewhere in the Middle East must represent the 'ancestral' form, just rice and beans, a classic 'simple' diet that gives you most of the nutrients you need to survive. You see the same mix throughout the former slave areas of the Caribbean. The Egyptian take on kushari must represent an evolution of that staple diet, but whether that elaboration happened in Pharaonic times or relatively recently, I don't know. I've tried to make a few more links to other rice and beans dishes in the article. FlagSteward 01:23, 1 October 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I don't think it should be stated that Koshari is available at many establishments that serve ta'meyya (falafel), because as an Egyptian I can tell you most places that serve ta'meyya serve foul, potatoes, eggplant, pickles, and more things, sometimes including shawerma, but rarely koshari. I made the change. Tamer (talk) 10:07, 1 August 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I'm curious why Egyptians spell it "Koshari" with western characters, but the title is "Kushari"? (Considered after reading you write it properly as well)

Mujaddara has nothing to do with israel[edit]

Mujaddara existed decades/centuries before the immigration of jews to the palestinian madate and the declaration of state of israel. im not turning this political, but its an inaccurate piece of info, one could include palestine/palestinians/palestinian territories instead of israel to reflect more accuracy. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:07, 3 November 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]


In Egypt I've only seen it transliterated as Koshary-- at restaurants (on signs and menus) and that's also how my family spell it when writing it in English. Any particular reason Kushari is the primary spelling/transliteration on this article?

silly folk etymology[edit]

First of all, it is not encyclopedic to weigh in on whether an etymology is "convincing" by actually writing "there is a convincing etymology..." Secondly, it isn't remotely plausible. As other talkbacks have noted, it's food of south Asian origin. It was not popular among the Jews of Egypt, AFAIK. More importantly, and this is inarguable, they never said the word "kosher" in their lives, because they were not Yiddish speakers and the word is Kah-SHEHR in Hebrew, not KOE-sher. Arabic-speaking Jewry did not use the word "kosher" at all.

This folk etymology is pretty prominent -- I had that explanation given me directly by an Egyptian in Cairo, who didn't know I was Jewish at the time.

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Kushari is an Egyptian dish made with a mixture of rice, macaroni, and lentils, which is topped with a spiced tomato sauce and garlic vinegar and garnished with chickpeas and crispy fried onions. A sprinkling of garlic juice, or garlic vinegar, and hot sauce are optional. Originally made in the 19th century, the dish draws influence from Indian and Italian cuisine.Photograph: Dina Said