Spicy Ethiopian Lentil Stew

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion (medium, diced)
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger (freshly grated)
  • 2 tablespoons spice blend (berbere, to taste, I went with 2 tablespoons but I like lots of spice)
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste, optional)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups red lentils (dried)
  • 14 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 3 red potatoes (medium, about 3/4 lb. total, diced)
  • 3 cups fresh spinach leaves (sliced and lightly packed)
  • salt
  • pepper
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    NutritionView More

    Sodium35% DV850mg
    Fat8% DV5g
    Protein31% DV16g
    Carbs17% DV51g
    Fiber76% DV19g
    Calories310Calories from Fat45
    Total Fat5g8%
    Saturated Fat0.5g3%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat45
    Total Carbohydrate51g17%
    Dietary Fiber19g76%
    Vitamin A50%
    Vitamin C40%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


    NicolaLuna 5 days ago
    Really nice but I thought it needed a little something extra so added some peanut butter
    melba abney 15 days ago
    Absolutely wonderful! We love spicy dishes. So thick and nourishing. Everyone wants me to make again, which is so easy!
    Malinda Hayes 2 months ago
    Excellent!! Goes wonderfully with the turmeric rice recipe in the blog (which was a bit on the sticky side; I’ll use less water next time). The Berber spice blend recipe also amazing even without the fenigruk seeds. I diced the potatoes into slightly smaller pieces than in the photos. 30 minutes cook time was spot on.
    Barb 3 months ago
    This was delicious! Couldn’t make it as spicy as it calls for, but was great all the same. Definitely a keeper!
    Justin Scott 5 months ago
    it was actually very nice! abit mild for someone like me thougbt i like dishes that are spicey
    Rutvij 6 months ago
    Tasted great! Made the spice mix fresh which made a difference.
    Andrea W. 7 months ago
    Very tasty indeed, I added lemon juice and a teaspoon of sugar
    A 7 months ago
    very good. i got the spice off amazon
    Steven 8 months ago
    Very good! Would make again
    Hendricks 9 months ago
    Simple and delicious!
    E 10 months ago
    So savory, I also add cauliflowers
    Macrae 10 months ago
    yummy and spicey less cayenne next time
    Nathan R. 10 months ago
    Turned out great! I would make it again.
    Przekop 10 months ago
    Very happy with this stew. Not too spicy. I felt like I was in Asia or Africa. Great meatless dish.
    Very nice! I didn’t use spinach.
    M a year ago
    I loved this recipe. I used the max berbere and cayenne which made it VERY spicy, so next time I’ll use a little less. It was still delicious and hearty! Will definitely put this in regular rotation.
    Sara a year ago
    Not difficult to make and i liked the heat!
    Kianti B. a year ago
    So yummy and hearty! I’ve added it to my repertoire :)
    Tina R. a year ago
    I love this dish. I made my own Berber Spice. Super easy. Make a large amount. I’m hoping it freezes well.
    Sidney Franklin a year ago
    It was very good! I didn't have berebere but I saw someone in the comments said they subbed in curry powder so I did the same thing. It tasted good! I didn't add cayenne and it was still too spicy for my 3 year old. And he enjoys spicy things. But I'd make it again for sure.
    Leighton a year ago
    Fantastic and spicy! Made my own berbere spice as I couldn't find any in the local supermarket. Also, I just used regular lentils.
    Michele Leah a year ago
    My husband and I rate this an 8.5. It’s pretty easy to make and it is delicious! It definitely took me longer to make than the recipe said, I added the max for spice and think it was a bit too spicy so I would tone it down next time.. there definitely will be a next time!
    Jen a year ago
    This was delicious! I omitted the cayenne powder and increased the berbere. This kept it pretty mild for my 3 year old twins, and everyone loved it! I also used vegetable stock in place of broth. I’ll be making this easy and flavorful dish again.
    Allison Marley a year ago
    Incredible! Used curry powder in place of the spice mix (they basically have the same ingredients) and it was amazing. Fave stars!!
    Brandy Brooks a year ago
    Amazing! Family loved it!
    Cassie a year ago
    So good. Taste even better the second day! Highly recommended!
    patrick o. a year ago
    Used my instanpot and it turned out great. Served it with coconut rice infused with turmeric. It was a hit.
    Moore a year ago
    Wow! Packed with flavor! This is very spicy, however, it doesn't hit you until you have swallowed. Its a slow burn. I used rice instead of lentils andput chicken in as well.
    Pam a year ago
    Excellent So flavorful!
    Lisa a year ago
    This was very tasty and easy to make