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Misir Wot (Spicy Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew)

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  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 40-55 Minutes
  • Total Time: 50-65 Minutes
  • Yield: 5.5 Cups 1x
  • Category: Dinner, Stew
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Ethiopian
  • Diet: Vegan


Healthy, spicy, and flavorful, this Misir Wot, Spicy Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew, features nutrient-dense lentils simmered in a bold Berbere spiced broth.



Base Ingredients:

  • 1 large yellow onion, fine dice
  • 2 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth *
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • 1 – [ 14.5 oz. can ] petite diced tomatoes, drained and rinsed *
  • 2 cups split red lentils, picked through, and rinsed *

Spice/Herb Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons Berbere Spice Blend (+/-) *
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (+/-)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric (+/-)
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon (+/-)
  • ½ to 1 ¼ teaspoons sea salt (+/-) *

Other Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon tahini * 

Serving Ideas:

  • Top with unsweetened plain plant yogurt or hummus
  • Flatbread
  • Chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Place the Spice/Herb Ingredients (except the sea salt) in a small bowl, mix well, set aside.
  2. In a large stock pot, add the diced onions; sauté over medium heat until they begin to soften, approximately 7 to 9 minutes. Add a tablespoon or so of vegetable broth or water if they start to stick and/or to prevent burning.
  3. Next add the minced garlic and ginger, sauté, stirring constantly for one minute.
  4. Then add all the remaining Base Ingredients and the Spice/Herb Mix (except the sea salt). Stir well to mix, bring to a boil, then immediately lower to a simmer.
  5. Cover the pot, simmer with a gentle low boil for 25 to 40 minutes or until the split red lentils are perfectly tender and look like porridge after stirring really well. Note: Stir occasionally after 15 minutes, then frequently thereafter to prevent sticking.
  6. When the lentils are tender, add the tahini and sea salt. Simmer uncovered for another 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently. Taste test for flavor.
  7. Remove from the stove and allow to sit for 20 minutes for the flavors to marry. Serve with plant-based yogurt or hummus spooned over top, freshly chopped cilantro, and flatbread.


*Please reference the blog post for Tips for Success, Pantry Items Used, Storage and Freezing, and Kitchen Products Used. 

*Sea Salt:  Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.   

*Servings: 4 to 5 (makes approx. 5 ½ cups)