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Yemiser W'et (Spicy Lentil Stew)

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Category: Vegetarian

 Ingredients List

  • 1 c Dried brown lentils
  • 1 c Onions, finely chopped
  • 2 Clove garlic, pressed
  • 1/4 c Niter Kebbeh
  • 1 tb Berbere
  • 1 ts Ground cumin seeds
  • 1 tb Sweet Hungarian paprika
  • 2 c Tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/4 c Tomato paste
  • 1 c Vegetable stock or water
  • 1 c Green peas (fresh or frozen)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Rinse and cook the lentils. Bring to boil in 3 cups water. Reduce
heat to a simmer. Simmer about 30 minutes, adding more water if
necessary, until lentils are tender. Should make about 3 cups
cooked lentils.

Meanwhile, saute the onions and garlic in the niter kebbeh, until the
onions are just translucent. Add the berbere, cumin, and paprika and
saute for a few minutes more, stirring occasionally to prevent
burning. Mix in the chopped tomatoes and tomato paste and simmer for
another 5 to 10 minutes. Add 1 cup of vegetable stock or water and
continue simmering.

When the lentils are cooked, drain them and mix them into the saute
mixture. Add the green peas and cook for another 5 minutes. Add
salt and pepper to taste.

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