Ethiopian Lentil Stew

How to make an Ethiopian Lentil Stew.

Ingredients: Serves 4

  • 1 cup dry lentils soaked for 2 hours
  • 2 Tablespoons Spiced butter or Coconut oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons berbere spice
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 Tablespoon fresh minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon coriander or cumin
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 Tablespoons Tomato paste
  • 2 cups or more Vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons or more chopped parsley/cilantro
  • ¼ cup cooking oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste


  1. Heat up a large saucepan with oil and spiced butter.
  2. Then add the onions, berbere spice, garlic, ginger, cumin and smoked paprika.
  3. Stir occasionally for about 2-3 minutes until onions are translucent.
  4. Then add the soaked lentils and the tomato paste.
  5. Stir and sauté for about 2-3 more minutes.
  6. Add the stock.
  7. Bring to a boil and let it simmer until the sauce thickens, it might take about 30 minutes or depending on how you like your lentils.
  8. Throw in some parsley, adjust for salt, pepper and stew consistency.
  9. Serve and enjoy!
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