Saturday, June 8, 2013

Mesir Wat (Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew)

I get a hankering from time to time for Ethiopian food and I love making it at home. I still haven't successfully made injera (the spongy bread), so I order that online. I usually make my same old favorites, but every once in a while I like to try a new recipe. This one for red lentil stew couldn't be much simpler and it's good. A solid recipe for you lentil lovers (I know you're out there).

(Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew)
Yield: 4 to 6 servings

2 onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 teaspoons minced, peeled ginger
1/4 cup niter kibbeh, oil or butter
2 tablespoons paprika
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 to 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 lb. red lentils (also known as masoor dal), rinsed
4 cups water or stock
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1.      Place the onion, garlic and ginger in a food processor or blender and puree. Add a little water if necessary.
2.      Heat the oil, butter or niter kibbeh in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium flame. Add turmeric, paprika and cayenne pepper and stir rapidly to color the oil and cook spices through, about 30 seconds.
3.      Add the onion puree and sauté until the excess moisture evaporates and the onion loses its raw aroma, about 5-10 minutes. Do not burn.
4.      Add lentils and water to the saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until lentils are cooked through and fall apart, about 30 to 40 minutes. Add water if necessary to keep the lentils from drying out.
5.      Stir in salt and pepper to taste and serve.

onion, garlic & ginger
adding spices to niter kibbeh
mixing in the pureed onion/garlic/ginger
adding lentils and stock
mesir wat


Unknown said...

ohhhhhhhhhhhh thanks,iraniyan fooddddddddddddd...very Delicious......

Loader said...

Great recipe!
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