Mesir Wat (Ethiopian Lentil Stew)

Blogging Marathon# 36: Week 3/ Day 2
Theme: Ethiopian Cuisine
Dish: Mesir Wat (Ethiopian Lentil Stew)

Ethiopian cuisine is very vegetarian friendly. There are a number of vegetable based and lentil based dishes that are perfect options for vegetarians and vegans. Today I have a lentil based dish called Mesir Wat. Wat is like stew and Mesir Wat loosely means lentil stew.

Red lentils aka Masoor dal is cooked until thick and creamy with berbere spice making this a very hearty and comforting dish. Addition of berbere spice makes this dish taste amazing.
Ethiopian Lentil Stew
Blogging Marathon# 36: Week 3/ Day 2 Theme: Ethiopian Cuisine Dish: Mesir Wat (Ethiopian Lentil Stew) Ethiopian cuisine is very vegetarian friendly. There are a number of vegetable based and lentil based dishes that are perfect options for vegetarians and vegans. Today I have a lentil based dish cal...

Mesir Wat (Ethiopian Lentil Stew)

Summary

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  • Courseside dish
  • Cuisineethiopian
  • Yield3~4 serving s 3~4 serving
  • Cooking Time30 minutesPT0H30M
  • Preparation Time20 minutesPT0H20M
  • Total Time50 minutesPT0H50M

Ingredients

Red lentils/ Masoor dal
1cup
Onion - medium, finely chopped
1
Ginger+Garlic paste
1tsp
Green chilies - slit
2
Tomato puree
½cup
Berbere Spice
1~2tbsp
Salt
to taste

Steps

  1. Heat 1tbsp oil in a medium sauce pan; add onions and green chilies, cook till onions are translucent, about 3~4 minutes.
  2. Add ginger+garlic paste and cook for 1 minute. Next add tomato puree and berbere spice, cook for 2~3 minutes. 
  3. Add 3 cups of water (or vegetable stock or a combination of water and stock), bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer covered until lentils are cooked through, tender and creamy, this will take about 15~20 minutes.
  4. Season with salt, mix well and serve hot over injera or as is.
Ethiopian Lentil Stew

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 36.

Mesir Wat (Ethiopian Lentil Stew)
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