Recipes from Ethiopia: Missir Wat (Red Lentil Stew)

Recipes from Ethiopia

Missir Wat (Red Lentil Stew)

Country: Ethiopia
Course: Side
Makes: 8 servings


  • 3 onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2-3 tbsp. berbere
  • 7 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups water (more if needed)
  • 2 cups split red lentils, rinsed
  • 1 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • salt to taste


  1. In a large pot, heat the oil over a medium flame and then cook the onions until they are translucent. Add the berbere and let simmer for five minutes or so. Add the tomatoes with a few spoonsful of the juice and stir to combine. The add the water and bring to a boil.
  2. Put the lentils in the pot and mix well, then reduce heat to low. Simmer until the lentils start to soften, adding more water if needed. Now add the ginger and garlic, and continue to simmer until the lentils are tender.