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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.
tablespoons ghee or salted butter, divided
large yellow onion, chopped
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