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.

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Ethiopian Lentil Stew

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Ethiopian Lentil Stew




Yield 3-4 cups

Delicious Ethiopian Lentil Stew Recipe


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. 


* Reduce this amount to reduce the 'heat'.

Courses Lunch

Cuisine Ethiopian

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup

Amount Per Serving

Calories 324

% Daily Value

Total Fat 7 g


Sodium 482.8 mg


Total Carbohydrates 54.1 g


Dietary Fiber 9.4 g


Sugars 3 g

Protein 17.8 g


* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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