How to make "Misir Wot" (ምስር ወጥ)

Misir wot is a popular dish in Ethiopian Cuisine that’s made with red lentils and plenty of spices. It is a staple dish throughout Ethiopia and is in very high demand during fasting seasons. Misir wot is typically served with injera, Ethiopia’s staple fermented flatbread that’s also used as an eating instrument to scoop up the lentils. Oftentimes, Misir wot is served as part of Beyaynetu, a platter with various mixes of delicious Ethiopian food. This inviting and flavorful dish is great to share with family and friends.

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 50 mins

Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins

Servings: 6

Nutrition Profile: Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

How to make "Misir Wot" (ምስር ወጥ)



  • 2 cups red lentils
  • 3 cups water (room temperature)
  • 4 red onions
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 2 tomatoes
  • ½ cup oil
  • 5 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup berbere
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 cup minced ginger



Step 1
Mince red onions, cloves of garlic & tomatoes

Step 2
In a medium stock pot, pour avocado oil and turn the heat on to medium

Step 3
Add the onions and cook over medium heat for 8-10 minutes until golden brown

Step 4
Add tomato, tomato paste, berbere, salt, black pepper, cardamon, & cumin and cook for 5-7 minutes.

Step 5
Add minced garlic and ginger to the pot and stir for an additional 3-5 minutes. Reduce the heat if needed to prevent burning.

Step 6
Wash red lentils thoroughly until water is clear

Step 7
Drain water and add lentils into the mixture and stir for 3-5 minutes

Step 8
Add water and stir frequently for 25 - 30 mins (adding more water if needed) or until the lentils are fully cooked.

Step 9
Turn off the heat and let the lentils simmer for 5 min

Step 10
Serve with Injera

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