EA: كشري Koshari

Aliph

Senior Member
Italian
What is the etymology of the word that refers to a popular Egyptian dish? Does it have a French origin?
 
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  • akhooha

    Senior Member
    English - USA
    I can find no source to confirm this, but I believe it comes from a dish popular in India called "khichiri" or "khichdi"which combines rice and lentils.

    P.S. Just found a source ---- can't speak for its authority though....
    About | Koshary
     
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    Alfaaz

    Senior Member
    English
    If the name of the dish is related to or derived from Sanskrit (currently seems to be suggested as one possible origin in the English and Arabic Wikipedia articles), then here is a relevant entry in Platts:
    H کهچڙي खिचड़ी khićaṛī, khićṛī [S. कृशर+इका], s.f. A dish made of rice and split pulse (dāl) boiled together, with ghī and spices; — a mixture, medley, hodge-podge, jumble; — a barbarous mixture of two languages, a lingua franca, a jargon; — miscellaneous charges or taxes; — a mixture of black and grey hairs; ...
    Extra information: The word is written کھچڑی in modern Urdu (audio example of pronunciation provided in the linked dictionary entry - the کھ represents an aspirated kaaf, while ڑ is retroflex).
     
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    Aliph

    Senior Member
    Italian
    Alfaaz, thank you for the information.
    This original South Asian dish of rice and lentils seems very similar to مجدرة Moujaddara which is prepared in Syria, Lebanon and Palestine.
     
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