Misir Wot Recipe

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Parker Modified: December 24, 2021
Misir Wot Recipe


How To Make Misir Wot

Misir wot is an Ethiopian stew made with red lentils. This hearty dish is both gluten-free and vegan, and you can whip it up in 45 minutes.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Total: 45 mins


  • 4 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 onion, large, diced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp red chili powder, heaping teaspoons, adjust to spice tolerance!
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 14½ oz tomatoes, (1 can), diced
  • 2 tbsp berbere powder, divided
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder, optional
  • 1 cup split lentils, red lentils preferred
  • 1 tsp salt, adjust to taste
  • 2 cup water


  1. Add a tablespoon of oil to a large skillet or Dutch oven, and cook one finely diced onion until soft on medium heat. Optionally, add half a cup of water to further soften the onion.

  2. Add a tablespoon of minced garlic, 2 teaspoons of red chili powder and allow the mixture to cook for 1 to 2 minutes.

  3. Then, add a teaspoon of tomato paste and sauté the mixture. Then, add a 14½ oz can of diced tomatoes (no additional flavors) and a tablespoon of berbere spice and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.

  4. Finally, add the remaining olive oil along with cardamom powder, and give the mix a good stir.

  5. Wash 1 cup of split lentils (red lentils) and add them to the pot along with 2 cups of water or broth and salt to taste.

  6. Bring this to a boil on medium heat and then turn down the heat to a low-medium. Add the remaining berbere powder and allow the mixture to simmer for at least 15 to 20 minutes, covered.


  • Sugar: 3g
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  • Calcium: 39mg
  • Calories: 209kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 22g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 7g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Potassium: 226mg
  • Protein: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 417mg
  • Vitamin A: 810IU
  • Vitamin C: 13mg
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