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Meatless Mondays: Kamut® Kushari

Kushari is an Egyptian dish that often includes rice, lentils and macaroni topped with tomato sauce and sauteed onions. It’s sort of a “kitchen sink” kind of dish and can include almost anything you have on hand. This is our take on this classic African dish using plump Kamut® Khorasan Wheat Berries instead of white rice. A meal unto itself, kushari needs no accompaniment. If Kamut® berries are hard to come by, regular wheat berries or brown rice can be substituted in a pinch.

Kamut® Kushari

Kamut® Kushari

  •     1 cup Organic Kamut® Berries
  •     1 cup Lentils
  •     1 cup Whole Grain Elbow Macaroni
  •     Water as needed
  •     4 medium Onions, halved & thinly sliced
  •     1/4 cup Olive Oil
  •     4 Garlic cloves, chopped
  •     1 tsp ground Cumin
  •     1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  •     29 oz canned Tomato Puree
  •     Salt & Pepper to taste


Step 1

Soak Kamut® berries in water overnight. Drain and rise berries.

Step 2

Place Kamut® berries and 3 cups water in a pot on bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer until soft, about 1 hour. Drain off excess water.

Step 3

Rinse lentils and place in a pot with 3 cups of water. Cover and bring to a boil. Let boil for 2 – 3 minutes then reduce heat to low and simmer until tender, about 25 – 30 minutes. Drain off excess water.

Step 4

Cook macaroni in plenty of boiling salted water until tender, about 6 – 7 minutes. Drain.

Step 5

While grains are cooking, prepare onions and tomato sauce.

Heat oil in a pan to medium-high and cook sliced onions until brown and crispy, about 10 minutes. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Season with salt.

Step 6

In the same pan, add garlic, cumin and red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add tomato puree and cook until heated through. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 7

To serve, combine cooked Kamut® , lentils and macaroni. Top with tomato sauce and crispy onions.

Makes 8 servings.


This dish was bland and tasteless. Seasoning just didn’t make it. I didn’t want to fuss with the spices when first trying it. Obviously, if it is popular in Cairo, it must have different ingredients. My husband described it as “Blech” and I agree.
Very disappointed and a very large quantity of this to use up somehow. I am a vegetarian but still like to eat tasty food!!
Why won’t website take above comment?

Hi Kristina,

I’m so sorry that you didn’t enjoy this dish. It’s definitely different. We have several other great recipes using Kamut that you might enjoy more- this warm kamut berry salad is wonderful:

shea says:

Thank you for posting this excellent recipe! It was a big hit at our house and is filling comfort food for winter time. We had a couple of modifications: because I accidentally over-spiced it with red pepper flakes, we added greek yogurt to balance it. And our onions didn’t get crunchy so we added fried onions on top. Without those additions, the meal was still delicious. Each person enjoyed the recipe both ways. Thank you!

Thank you so much for your feedback. We’re so glad you gave it a shot.

Alison says:

This is one of my favorite dishes ever! It always annoys me when people change a recipe and THEN review it…but…I didn’t make it exactly as written. I chopped up the onions, sauteed them and added them to the sauce, and I don’t ever bother measuring cumin and red pepper flakes because I love them so much (so I used a lot), It was very flavorful and satisfying. The Kamut gives it such a nice chewy texture!

We’re so happy you enjoyed it Alison!

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