Koshari Iskandarani (Alexandrian Koshari): كشري اسكندراني

Koshari Iskandarani

Koshari Iskandarani is a typical Egyptian dish that hails from Alexandria, Egypt. It is made of simple pantry ingredients, which are orange lentil and rice. This dish is vegan, yet some variations has Egyptian fried boiled Eggs, placed on top of the dish. 

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Kohsari Iskandarani By Mary Attallah 

Please join me in welcoming my blog guest Mary Attallah, who is contributing with her family signature and favorite lent recipe, Koshari Iskandarani. I am a fan of Mary and her Instagram reels about decluttering our space. Scroll down to read more about her interesting story, business idea, and recipe.

Who is Mary Attallah the founder of @unclutteryourworld

My name is Mary Attallah. I live in Boynton Beach, FL with my husband and three kids.

I am 100% Egyptian, but I was born in New Jersey. In fact, my Dad and Mom came to the USA when they were seven and five, respectively. However, my parents passed down the Egyptian language and culture as their parents did with them. Although I can’t read or write Arabic, I can speak and understand it fluently. When I was young, we visited Egypt every couple of years so my brother and I were consistently exposed to the Egyptian culture.

Photos of Mary

What is the story behind “Unclutter Your World”?  

In January 2020, I was feeling overwhelmed and stressed out trying to balance the kids, and the house, and the cooking. My youngest was six months at the time and I knew I needed to change things when I was spending so much time trying to keep up with the house, laundry, dishes, cooking, and cleaning.

I decided to take two weeks to declutter my whole house. Those two weeks changed my life and especially my motherhood. I created “Unclutter Your World” to teach other overwhelmed moms how to declutter their homes and transform their motherhood experience.

You can download my FREE Decluttering Roadmap here👇


And, stay tuned for the release of my signature decluttering course! 

What is Kohsari Iskandarani 

My recipe is called Koshari Iskandarani or Alexandrian Koshari, as it hails from Alexandria, the beautiful mediterranean city. Growing up we ate all the typical Egyptian cuisine, but this recipe I actually learned from my husband. My husband, Mina who is also Egyptian came to the USA in his twenties. I had never had this type of Koshari before, but quickly fell in love with how quick, easy, and delicious it is.

What Is Special About Koshari Iskandarani

This recipe is my go-to when I need a quick, easy meal on a busy day in the fast, during which we eat only vegan. All three of my kids love this meal which surprised me because they never all like the same foods! Not only is it super easy to make, but it can be made ahead of time and taste just as good.

Koshari Iskandarani’s Nutritional Value

The lentils add a great vegan protein punch to our diet as a family.

Lentils are rich in fibre, folate, and potassium making them a great choice for the heart, managing blood pressure, and cholesterol. They are also a source of energizing iron and vitamin B1 which helps maintain a steady heartbeat.

Legumes in general, and lentils in specific have a low glycemic index (GI), which helps improve blood sugar management. Also, the high fibre content contributes to appetite control.

How to Serve Koshari Iskandarani 

I usually serve Koshari Iskandarani with a side salad. In our family we actually put the salad on top of the Koshari and eat it that way.

Our side salad is as simple as it gets. It consists of tomatoes, green and red pepper, and cucumbers. The salad is dressed in a simple yet punchy vinaigrette of white vinegar, olive oil, cumin, salt and pepper.

You could also pair the Koshari with a side of grilled veggies. It is so versatile and flexible.

How Can people Find You Online? 

You can follow me on Instagram @uncluteryourworld

Check Out More Egyptian Lentil Recipes On My Blog 

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Koshari Iskandarani (Alexandrian Koshari)

Koshari Iskandarandi (Orange Lentils & Jasmin Rice dish)


Spicy Tomato Sauce 


  1. Make the Koshari: Sauté the chopped onion in the olive oil until the onions are translucent and just starting to brown.  Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to low and cover for 20 minutes. *See Notes. Immediately uncover and fluff the Koshari with a fork.
  2. Make the spicy tomato sauce: Heat the oil in a medium saucepan, over low heat, once hot, add the crushed garlic. Once it becomes fragrant, add the vinegar followed by the tomato juice, and the spices, let it simmer on low heat for 5 minutes. Add some water if the sauce becomes too thick.


  • Soak the lentils for 1 hour in hot water before cooking.
  • Be sure not to uncover the Koshari before the 20 minutes are up.
  • If making this ahead of time, you may cover it after fluffing it and reheat it on medium low heat right before serving.


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