Ethiopian Lentil Stew


Ethiopian Lentil Stew

If you think lentils are bland and boring, you need to try this.

Ethiopian Lentil Stew

This is one of many variations of Ethiopian lentils, and it’s so full of flavors. It kinda reminded me of the Vegan Dal Makhani I posted earlier – warm, hearty, and spicy.

The magic ingredient that makes this lentil so popular around the world is the Berbere Spice. You can buy it in your local grocery, or if you’re like me, you can make it yourself. It’s super easy to make (recipe below).

Ethiopian Lentil Stew

Serve it over rice, quinoa, or naan. Let’s do this!

Ethiopian Lentil Stew
5 from 3 votes

Ethiopian Lentil Stew

Delicious Ethiopian Lentil Stew Recipe

Course Lunch
Cuisine Ethiopian
Keyword ethiopian food, ethiopian lentil, lentil recipe, vegan lentil
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Calories 324 kcal
Author Veganbell


Berbere Spice Mix


  • 1.5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes chopped
  • Salt
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 5-6 small-medium potatoes quartered
  • 2 cups water
  • Cilantro


  1. To prepare the Berbere, mix all the spices and set aside. 
  2. Time to cook the lentils. Heat a pan (or Instant Pot, or a Stovetop Pressure Cooker). Add oil.
  3. Once it's hot, add onion and saute for 2-3 minutes or until translucent.
  4. Add ginger and garlic. Stir and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Add the tomatoes, berbere spice, and salt. Mix well and cook for 6-8 minutes or until the tomatoes are wilted and the mixture thickens.
  6. Now add the lentils, potatoes, and 2 cups of water. Give it a good stir and close the lid.
  7. For Instant Pot, cook for 15 minutes on High settings. For stovetop pressure cooker, cook until 8-10 whistles on medium-high heat. For a normal pan, cook for 20-25 minutes on low-medium heat.
  8. That's it, your Ethiopian Lentil Stew is ready! Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro and serve over rice, quinoa, or naan. 

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

* Reduce this amount to reduce the 'heat'.

Nutrition Facts
Ethiopian Lentil Stew
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 324 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Sodium 482.8mg21%
Carbohydrates 54.1g18%
Fiber 9.4g39%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 17.8g36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Great flavor! I added more water as it cooked and be careful to stir as it will stick to the bottom of the pan. Delish!