Spicy Ethiopian Lentil Stew Recipe | Yummly

Spicy Ethiopian Lentil Stew

Geoff Fitch: "Soooo good! But then I have some homemade berbere…" Read More
Read Directions
Add to Meal Planner

Add to Meal Planner


  • 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
  • Did you make this?
    Add All to Shopping List
    Add to Meal Planner

    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.


    Geoff Fitch 2 days ago
    Soooo good! But then I have some homemade berbere we brought back from Ethiopia.
    Kiera 14 days ago
    Great! Love trying out new recipes
    WiseCulinaire a month ago
    Great recipe! I added a little Ethiopian butter to it as well.
    Ben Warr 3 months ago
    it was g o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o d
    Melba 3 months ago
    I’ve made it 4 times now. I love it! I’ve shared the recipe with several other people, and they’ve all liked it as well. Some put a little less Berbere spice myself, I like it. It will be a much used recipe
    Cabouch 3 months ago
    This is amazing! Since we’re sheltering in place desperate times call for desperate measures and I used what I had on hand. Subbed brown lentils for red, red onion for yellow and frozen spinach for fresh. I added carrots as others did and used the full amount of spice. Cooked it an hour since brown lentils take longer. Very, very yummy with some sriracha squeezed on top. Good thing hubby doesn’t care for lentils - I get this all for myself!
    WizardCulinaire 3 months ago
    This was delicious, so flavorful! I used 2tbs of berbere, but omitted the cayenne, because it was perfect amount of heat with the 2 tablespoons! I saw someone recommended cauliflower so I added it too! It is perfect. Don’t even miss the meat! This is gonna be a staple recipe!
    Luke Mills 4 months ago
    This recipe taught me what berbere is and for that I am very grateful
    Patti 4 months ago
    It was really good, I’ll be making it again!
    Jay 5 months ago
    awesome, so good def in the dinner/eats rotation.
    Shanda E. 5 months ago
    OMG! This is so good! I made it with the turmeric basmati rice. This is my new favorite vegan meal. I used full amount of Berbere and half of the cayenne.
    Paul Fuge 5 months ago
    This was really easy to make and it's dope.
    Elijah Ruby 5 months ago
    Really good. Such a unique flavor
    Cathy 5 months ago
    I absolutely love this dish. It never fails me. I do change it up once in awhile and it still turns out great.
    NicolaLuna 6 months ago
    Really nice but I thought it needed a little something extra so added some peanut butter
    melba abney 6 months ago
    Absolutely wonderful! We love spicy dishes. So thick and nourishing. Everyone wants me to make again, which is so easy!
    Malinda Hayes 8 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 9 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 a year ago
    it was actually very nice! abit mild for someone like me thougbt i like dishes that are spicey
    Rutvij a year ago
    Tasted great! Made the spice mix fresh which made a difference.
    Andrea W. a year ago
    Very tasty indeed, I added lemon juice and a teaspoon of sugar
    A a year ago
    very good. i got the spice off amazon
    Steven a year ago
    Very good! Would make again
    Hendricks a year ago
    Simple and delicious!
    E a year ago
    So savory, I also add cauliflowers
    Macrae a year ago
    yummy and spicey less cayenne next time
    Nathan R. a year ago
    Turned out great! I would make it again.
    Kim a year 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.

    Stop Wasting, Start Saving.

    Save time and money with a weekly meal plan – and get dinner on the table with ease.

    Get Started