Recipe: Authentic Misir Wot Recipe (Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew)

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When it gets down to vegan meals, Ethiopian cuisine is well-known for its rich blend of herbs and spices, which combine to create a perfect texture and taste that never disappoints. And today, we will be exploring the unique flavors of one of the region’s most beloved dishes – Misir Wot.

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Misir Wot Recipe
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Misir Wot is a delicious lentil stew typically prepared by simmering Ethiopian red lentils in a spicy tomato-based sauce along with onions, garlic, ginger, and a blend of spices called Berbere. The resulting dish is jam-packed with a healthy blend of flavour and spices, with a slightly sweet and spicy taste that has made it a beloved staple of Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine.

The name “Misir Wot” finds its roots in the Ethiopian Amharic language, where “Misir” translates to “lentils,” and “Wot” means “stew.” As a staple food in the region for thousands of years, lentils form the heart of Ethiopian cuisine, and Misir Wot is one of the most beloved dishes that has stood the test of time. While its origins may have been in Ethiopia, this hearty lentil stew has also found its way into the hearts and homes of Eritreans, making it a true favorite in the region.

What to Serve with Misir Wot

Misir Wot Recipe
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Misir Wot is typically served with Injera, a delicious and nutritious flatbread that also doubles as an eating utensil. Injera is a staple food in Ethiopia and Eritrea made from teff flour, which is high in carbohydrates, protein, fiber, magnesium, iron, calcium and more. 

So, just in case you were wondering, “is Misir Wot healthy?” The answer is simple; yes, Misir Wot is a healthy dish jam-packed with wholesome goodness!

To eat misir wot with injera, tear off a piece of Injera and use it to scoop up the lentils and sauce. It’s customary to use your right hand to eat with, and to only use the part of the Injera facing up, as the bottom part is considered unclean. Once you’ve scooped up some spicy lentils, you can pop the whole thing into your mouth and enjoy the complex flavors and textures.

You can also enjoy Misir Wot with other types of bread such as pita, naan, or crusty bread. It is also delicious as a soup-like stew, perfect for plain white rice. Yum! 

Overall, Misir Wot is a delightful and nutritious dish you can be savor in many ways. Whether you’re a first-timer or an ardent lover, it’s bound to please your palate and satiate your hunger. So, take a culinary journey and indulge in the aromatic blend of spices and lentils that make Misir Wot a must-try dish.

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Simple Misir Wot Recipe 

Misir Wot Ingredients:

  • 2 cups red lentils
  • 1 large-sized onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp ginger (minced)
  • 1 can tomato puree (or 2 fresh diced tomatoes)
  • 3 cups water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons Niter Kibbeh (Ethiopia’s calcified butter) or Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Berbere spice blend

Note: You can easily find Ethiopian Berbere spice mix at specialty spice shops or online. But if you can’t find it, you can make your own Berbere spice mix from simple ingredients, including chili peppers, garlic, ginger, basil, korarima, rue, ajwain, nigella, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, coriander, and fenugreek.

Instructions:

  1. Rinse the red lentils in cold water and drain.
  2. Heat the Niter Kibbeh (or Olive oil) in a large pot, add the chopped onion, minced garlic, and grated ginger and saute until translucent.
  3. Add the Berbere spice blend and cook for another minute.
  4. Add the tomato puree and stir well.
  5. Add the red lentils and water, and bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat to low, cover the pot, and simmer for about 30 minutes or until the lentils are tender and the sauce has thickened.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve hot with Injera or other bread of your choice.

In Ethiopian and Eritrean culture, sharing food is a way of socializing and building community. As such, Ethiopian cuisines are often served family-style, with everyone sitting around a communal plate, using their hands to eat, and feeding a piece of food to someone else’s mouth as a gesture of friendship and hospitality. This is the Ethiopian “gursha” tradition.

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Try gursha while enjoying Misir Wot by scooping it up with Injera and feeding it to your loved ones with a smile and a twinkle in your eyes.

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Mary Gialiam Elijah
Mary Gialiam Elijah
I'm a passionate and professional writer who loves to write in the most conversational tone possible, top-notch content that engage, educate and inspire my readers.

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