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A bowl if misir wot in a black bowl in a red striped placemant.
5 from 11 votes

Misir Wot - Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew

A simple West African lentil stew with bold rich flavors that is simple to make with step by step photos.

Course Main
Cuisine West African
Keyword easy lentil recipe, vegetarian stew
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 6 servings
Calories 183 kcal


  • 3 Tbsp butter unsalted, optional: vegan butter
  • 1 onion yellow, chopped fine
  • 1 tsp ginger minced or micro-planed
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp berbere spice
  • 1 cup lentils red
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup cilantro chopped


  1. Chop the onion, garlic and ginger.

  2. Heat the butter on medium until melted and hot. Add the onion and sauté until translucent. Stir frequently and do not allow to brown.

  3. Add the garlic, ginger, tomato paste and berbere spice. Allow to cook 2-3 minutes until well combined and fragrant. Stir continuously.

  4. Pour in the water and mix well.

  5. Rinse the lentils in a strainer to be sure they are clean and free of any debris. Add the rinsed lentils and stir in.

  6. Turn the heat to low and cook covered for 30 minutes until tender. Check after 15 minutes and add water ¼ cup at a time if they are dry and sticking to the bottom of the pan.

  7. Serve with chopped cilantro.

Recipe Notes

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How long can I save the misir wot lentil stew? You can store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in an airtight container.
  • Can I freeze misir wot? Yes, you must completely cool the soup before freezing. Store in airtight containers for up to 4-6 months. For single servings, freeze portions in a muffin tin and pop out the frozen rounds and store in freezer bags.
  • How do I reheat the misir wot? Reheat the lentil stew in the microwave for 2-3 minutes and stop to stir every 30-45 seconds until hot. Once reheated do not cool and store again in the refrigerator, consume it right away. So only reheat the amount you will consume.



Nutrition Facts
Misir Wot - Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 183 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 252mg11%
Potassium 386mg11%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 327IU7%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.