Total Time: 54 min
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 44 min
1 cup dried red lentils, rinsed and drained
2 medium red onions, finely chopped
1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
2 tsp fresh garlic, finely minced
2 tsp vegetable oil
3 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp Berbere spice blend
3 cups water + more if required
½ tsp salt or more to taste
Fresh cilantro, chopped for garnishing
♦ Place a large saucepan over medium heat and heat the oil.
♦ Add in the onions and cook, stirring occasionally for 8-10 minutes or until tender.
♦ Mix in the ginger and garlic and stir fry for 2-3 minutes.
♦ Stir in the tomato paste and Berbere spice blend. Stir fry for 1 minute.
♦ Slowly pour in the water whisking to combine thoroughly.
♦ Increase heat and bring to a simmer. Add in the red lentils and simmer on medium low for 30 minutes or until lentils are tender and form a thick stew. Stir occasionally and add more water if necessary.
♦ Season with salt and garnish with chopped cilantro. Serve with rice, any other grain or the Ethiopian flatbread Injera.