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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
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Mesir Wat (Ethiopian Lentil Stew) Yum
Ethiopian Lentil stew made with red lentils. A hearty & comforting dish that is thick, creamy and flavored with Berbere spices.
Mesir Wat (Ethiopian Lentil Stew)
Course side dish
Cuisine ethiopian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Red lentils Masoor dal /
  • 1 Onion - medium, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger+Garlic paste
  • 2 chilies Green - slit
  • ½ cup Tomato puree
  • 1 ~ 2 tbsp Berbere Spice
  • to taste Salt
Course side dish
Cuisine ethiopian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Red lentils Masoor dal /
  • 1 Onion - medium, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger+Garlic paste
  • 2 chilies Green - slit
  • ½ cup Tomato puree
  • 1 ~ 2 tbsp Berbere Spice
  • to taste Salt
Mesir Wat (Ethiopian Lentil Stew)
Instructions
  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.
Recipe Notes

Ethiopian Lentil Stew

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

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12 thoughts on “Mesir Wat (Ethiopian Lentil Stew)”

  1. This is so similar to our dal! I have fallen in love with the berbere spice mix as well and I have been using a bit of it in many dishes.

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