Koshary is a typical Egyptian dish that emerged more than 100 years ago in Egypt that is made with a mix of rice, lentils, and macaroni topped with a tomato salsa, chickpeas and crispy fried onions (ward). Hot sauce (shatta) and garlic sauce (da22a) are common side options.
Some reports claim that Koshary arrived to Egypt through British Occupation troops in the late 1800s after having experienced the Indian dish “Kitchiri” (which means a dish with rice and lentils). The troops found the dish filling, tasty, and most importantly, a safe source of sustenance. Local Egyptians grew very fond of this new dish and added several ingredients giving us the immensely popular Koshary that we know today.