A simple West African lentil stew with bold rich flavors that is simple to make with step by step photos.
Chop the onion, garlic and ginger.
Heat the butter on medium until melted and hot. Add the onion and sauté until translucent. Stir frequently and do not allow to brown.
Add the garlic, ginger, tomato paste and berbere spice. Allow to cook 2-3 minutes until well combined and fragrant. Stir continuously.
Pour in the water and mix well.
Rinse the lentils in a strainer to be sure they are clean and free of any debris. Add the rinsed lentils and stir in.
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.
Serve with chopped cilantro.