misir wat recipe authentic Ethiopian traditional
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Misir Wat (Ethiopian Spiced Red Lentils)

One of Ethiopia's most popular vegetarian dishes, you'll be blown away by the incredible flavor!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: ethiopian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 227kcal
Author: Kimberly Killebrew



  • Melt 3 tablespoons of the niter kibbeh in a medium stock pot.  Add the onions and cook over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes until golden brown.  
  • Add the garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste and 1 tablespoon of the berbere and cook for 5-7 minutes. Reduce the heat if needed to prevent burning.
  • Add the broth and salt, bring it to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cover and simmer the lentils, stirring occasionally, for 40 minutes (adding more broth if needed) or until the lentils are soft.
  • Stir in the remaining tablespoon of niter kibbeh and berbere. Simmer for a couple more minutes. Add salt to taste.
  • Serve with Ethiopian injera
Serving: 1serving | Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 483mg | Potassium: 509mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 220IU | Vitamin C: 6.4mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2.8mg