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Misir Wot Recipe

Recipe by ethiopianfoodguideCourse: Main Dish, Vegetarian, VeganCuisine: EthiopianDifficulty: Intermediate

Misir Wot is a tasty lentil dish enriched with the flavor of berbere (which you can add as much or as little as you like). And, just like Shiro, it is mainly considered a vegan dish even though some versions add meat.


  • 1½ cups red lentils

  • 1 large finely chopped onion

  • 2 cloves minced garlic

  • 2 tbsp berbere

  • 2 tbsp niter kibbeh (Ethiopian clarified butter)

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 tsp sweet paprika


  • Begin by cooking the lentils and water in a mid-sized pot for approx. 30 minutes.
  • Next, sauté the chopped onion with some olive oil added using a large-enough pan or skillet – until the color of the onion starts to clear or get translucent.
  • Then add the minced garlic and sauté the mix some more.
  • Add berbere and a little bit more water so as to keep the Wot from sticking.
  • Then add the lentils you cooked before, and cook them all together at low heat for about 30 more minutes, until you see the lentils disintegrate.
  • Finally, add the sweet paprika to give the Misir Wot its signature reddish color.

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