Misir Wot/ Red Lentils Stew

Misir Wot (Red Lentil Stew)

Misir Wot (red lentil stew) is one popular vegan wot in the Ethiopian cuisine. It can be made hot, mild, or unspiced. The more Berebere (spiced red pepper powder) you add, the hotter it will be. If you don’t want it to be unspiced, replace the Berbere with Turmeric, or Tomato Paste.


Chopped Onion  Spiced Red Pepper Powder Mix Misir

1 big red onion (chopped)
1 clove of Garlic (chopped)
2 whole tomato (chopped)/Canned tomato (optional)
1/4 cup Cooking oil
3 tbl. sp. Berbere (spiced red pepper powder)/more or less
1/2 lbs Split-half Red Lentils
2 cups Water
Salt ( as needed)
Black Cardamom/ground (optional)


  1. Chop one big red onion and pour it in a pan, cook it until it turns a little brownish, occasionally stirring.
  2. Add a 1/4 cup cooking oil and, stir occasionally.
  3. Add 3 table spoon Berbere (more or less as desired)
  4. Add the chopped garlic, and chopped tomato
  5. Wash the red lentils and pour it in the pan, stir it for 5-10 minutes
  6. Pour water, add a desired amount of salt, cover the top of the pan, and cook it for 10-15 minutes
  7. Add ground black cardamom (optional)

Remove the pot from the stove, make it cool for a few minutes and it is ready for serving. You can eat it with Injera (Ethiopian flat bread), with tortilla, or pita bread. Some even tried it with rice.