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Right Carbs Etheopian Lentil Stew recipe

Ethiopian red lentil & tomato curry

Based on the traditional Ethiopian lentil dish, masir wot, this curry features the wonderfully fragrant spice mix berbere. This aromatic blend of chilli, ginger, garlic, nigella, fenugreek, paprika, cumin, coriander and cardamom imparts an unmistakable depth of flavour as well as benefitting the digestive system. The dish is traditionally served with a fermented flatbread called injera, made from teff flour, but wholemeal flatbreads or chapattis are good too.


Serves 4
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes

  • 20 g/3/4 oz butter or vegan alternative

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped

  • 5 cm/ 2 in piece ginger, finely chopped

  • 2 tbsp tomato puree

  • 6 vine-ripened tomatoes, chopped

  • 1 tbsp berbere spice blend

  • 225 g/8 oz red split lentils, rinsed well

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 800–900 ml/28–31 fl oz/31/2–scant 4 cups vegetable stock

  • 100 g/31/2 oz baby spinach leaves

  • juice ½ lemon, plus wedges to serve

  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • Greek-style yogurt, or vegan alternative, and wholemeal flatbreads, to serve

From Right Carb

Pavilion Books: 2021
Photography: Haarala Hamilton


Heat a large, heavy-based saucepan over a medium heat. Add the butter, oil and onion and cook for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for another 1 minute, stirring.


Stir in the tomato puree, tomatoes and berbere, then add the lentils, bay leaves and the smaller quantity of stock and bring up to the boil. Turn the heat down to low, partially cover with a lid, and simmer for 20 minutes until the lentils are tender and the stew has reduced and thickened.


Stir in the spinach, season generously with salt and pepper, then stir in the lemon juice. Cook for another 3 minutes or until the spinach has wilted. Add more of the stock if needed.


Serve the stew topped with a good spoonful of yogurt, warmed flatbreads and lemon wedges for squeezing over.

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