Meera Sodha The new vegan
Cookery writer of the year Koshari is as popular across Egypt as its pyramids are across the world. Although no one knows exactly where the dish originated, one theory is that it was inspired by kitchari, the spiced Indian rice and lentil dish. But as well as rice and lentils, koshari contains pasta and is topped with a sharp tomato sauce and fried onions. Whatever its origin, what’s certain is that it can be cooked using mostly storecupboard ingredients and will be as popular on your kitchen table as it is on the streets of Cairo.