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Berbere-Spiced Red Lentils

4 to 6 Servings

30 minutes

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This lentil stew is our spin on the Ethiopian dish called misir wat. It’s seasoned with berbere, a rich, complex, aromatic Ethiopian blend of warm spices, savory dried alliums and red chilies. Look for berbere in spice shops or in well-stocked grocery stores. We garnish the lentils with a mix of chopped tomatoes, jalapeño and grated ginger, a non-traditional touch that brings bright flavor and color to the dish. If you can get the Ethiopian flatbread called injera, serve some alongside, though warm naan and/or rice are also excellent accompaniments.

4 to 6

Servings

Tip

Don’t forget to stir the lentils often to prevent scorching, especially near the end of cooking, when the consistency becomes thicker.

30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4

    tablespoons ghee or salted butter, divided

  • 1

    large yellow onion, chopped

Directions

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Reviews
Nina K.
November 24, 2022
Delicious!!
I’ve always appreciated Milk Street introducing me to spices such as sumac and berbere. The spice gives lentils complex flavor. Easy to make.
Stephanie L.
November 22, 2022
YUMMMM
Best preparation for red lentils I have had. So much going on in terms of flavor and served on injera. Milkstreet has a recipe for berbere right on this site if you can't find it. It was perfect.
Melissa G.
October 7, 2022
Easy and so delicious
Perfect as written - be careful of the Barbere spice because a full tablespoon was a little too spicy for my kids (but great for me and my husband)
Nabeel I.
August 20, 2022
Excellent and easy
Great recipe and so simple! I opted to make it vegan and used 2 Tbsp vegan butter in place of the 4 Tbsp ghee. The flavor was still fantastic. I'll be making this again and again.
Yaoli Y.
August 16, 2022
Delicious!
Very good! My lentils took longer to cook down than 25 min but I just let it go until softened. This was super good! Especially since Ethiopian restaurants are over an hour away from where we live. Made this along with gomen wat and heated some naan to serve since I don’t have access to injera.