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Misir Wot - Ethiopian lentil stew served with rice
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Ethiopian Spicy Lentil Stew - Instant Pot

Misir Wot, Ethiopian spicy lentil stew, is a healthy, protein packed dish made with few simple ingredients and aromatic berbere spice mix!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Ethiopian
Servings: 4
Calories: 244kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup split red lentils
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or ghee
  • 1 medium red onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons berbere spice blend
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 to 3 cups water divided
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped (optional)
  • ½ lime

Instructions

  • Turn Instant Pot to Saute mode. After the 'hot' sign displays, add oil and onions. Mix well. Cook covered with a glass lid for 2 minutes.
  • Add ginger and garlic. Mix well and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add red lentils, berbere spice blend, and salt. Add 2 cups of water and mix everything together.
  • Close Instant Pot lid with pressure valve to sealing. Cook on Manual(Hi) for 15 mins followed by natural pressure release.
  • Open Instant Pot, Stir everything. Add more water to bring the stew to desired consistency. Mix well.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and squeeze fresh lime juice on top before serving with steamed rice or bread.

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Notes

Misir Wot stovetop recipe:

  1. Heat oil or ghee in a heavy bottom pot or stovetop pressure cooker. Add onions and sauté for 2 minutes. Add ginger and garlic. Mix well and cook for 30 seconds.
  2. Add red lentils, berbere spice blend, and salt. Add 3 cups of water and mix everything together.
  3. Cook covered on medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes. If using a pot stir occasionally and add more water if needed. Adjust salt and add more Berbere spice as per your taste.
  4. Garnish with chopped cilantro and squeeze fresh lime juice.

Nutrition

Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 707mg | Potassium: 481mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 8.4mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 4.6mg
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