Kushari.. A Discretional Indicator to Measuring Inflation

Economists measure the change in price through what’s called an inflation index. The inflation index measures the change in price of some major consumer goods, from time to time. On the other hand, people feel this change faster. Being a part of Egyptians daily life, Kushari could be considered as an actual people’s indicator towards the economic changes in Egypt over the past few years; especially that 7.8% of the respondents eat Kushari more than 10 times a month.

InfoTimes has conducted a four-question survey on the frequency of eating Kushari per month, the average income of its consumers, the most visited Kushari restaurants and the most ordered dish size. In three days, 240 online responses came in.

Once at least

Analysing the survey results showed that the respondents eat Kushari nearly 4 times a month, which means that the majority of the respondents eat it at least once a month.

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Beginning of the survey End of the survey

*The data and the outcomes used in the previous visualizations are based on the survey results and are not to be credible as a general indicator.


Kushari is considered to be a popular dish in Egypt. Being a cheap high-calorie meal gave it “the dish of the under-resourced” title. Analysing the survey results showed an increase in the frequency Kushari is being eaten monthly among respondents with a 1000-3000 EGP monthly salaryـــ the average income per capita in Egypt, followed by a lower-income segment.

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First category
less than 1000 EGP
Second category
from 1000 to 3000 EGP
Third category
from 3000 to 5000 EGP
Fourth category
more than 5000 EGP

*The data and the outcomes used in the previous visualizations are based on the survey results and are not to be credible as a general indicator.

People’s Opinion

“I paid 75 EGP for 3 dishes of Kushari, me and my friends ate, and this is a big number for such a meal”

Rasha Kinawy

“Unfortunately, Kushari is no longer the poor’s resort because Kushari-makers created these different sizes that resulted in the varied price increases”

Wael Diab

The P5

Among 10 Kushari restaurants listed in the survey, five have dominated 82% of
the respondents voices, while the rest of the restaurants combined obtained 18%.

Same price, but

The price of the dish size stated in the report is the same for every restaurant (10 EGP). However, analysing the dishes’ weights, InfoTimes has discovered that the sold amount differs from a restaurant to another. Excluding the liquid componentsـــ Sauces, Hend came in the first place with a 471-gram net-weight for the dish, while Tom and Basal ranked last with 242 grams; with a 50% weight difference.

471 gm Hend 386 gm Abu Tariq 372 gm Sayed Hanafy 316 gm Al-Tahrir 242 gm Tom & Basal

InfoTimes Kushari

Kushari consists of a mixture of carbohydrates and legumes, but the secret of its insignificance lies in the asymmetric amount of this mixture. According to the dishes collected from restaurants and the ingredients they used, we’ve determined the ingredients of an InfoTimes specialـــ that is the arithmetic average of each and every ingredient included in the above-mentioned dishes. It’s going to be later used as an indicator to a study focusing on the prices of the ingredients and the change in its prices between 2006 and 2016.

Kushari index

Kushari can be an indicator on the change in goods’ prices; since the ingredients of Kushari are already used in many other daily dishes. Comparing the annual change in the inflation index to the annual average prices of each and every ingredient of InfoTimes’s dish, we’ve found a very critical direct relationship and another inverse relationship between the end of 2012 and the end of 2015.

Click on every ingredient, compare the change of its annual average price to the amount of change in the inflation index and figure out the nature of the relationship between both yourself.

Views of Experts

“First of all, inflation is the price escalation and the reduction of currency purchasing power. Hence, the inflation and the prices are strongly attached. Therefore, the increase in the prices of food components, as a result to high inflation rates, has forced traders to raise the prices of the dishes and to decrease the amount of its components”.

Prof. Rashad Abdou - Head of the Egyptian Forum for Economic and Political Studies

“Two components are most affected by the inflation rate and the price escalationـــ rice and tomato. Rice has been so affected by the high inflation rate that the price of 1KG has reached 9 EGP. Tomatoes value also rises in seasons. On the other hand, pasta and onions have maintained a stability in prices, thanks to its significant availability”.

Muhammad Al-Naggar - Economic Analyst working for El Mezlawy Holding Group

The Price

Choose the month and the year to see InfoTimes Special components prices. (the size was previously determined).

* The cost is based on the average of the monthly sale price of each component, during the chosen period of time, regardless of the operating costs and other expenses included in the process of manufacturing Kushari.

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Data Resources

The content of this report is based on the following resources:

The results of a survey conducted and shared on social media platforms, between the 27th and the 30th of August 2018, by InfoTimes. The sample consists of 240 respondents.

Random samples of same-price Kushari dishes, collected from five famous restaurants chosen by the respondents. The components of each dish were separated and weighed by InfoTimes.

The Egyptian Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics, monthly bulletins of consumer prices and the annual bulletins of food and product prices, between 2006 and 2016.

Team Members

Written by: Wesal Hammam  Design and motion videos: Yusuf Halim
Illustrated by: Ahmad Muhammad Ibrahim   Programming: Ashraf AbulSoud
Edited and supervised by: Amr Eleraqi

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