Misir Wat

Misir wat is a lentil stew; its key ingredients include split red lentils, garlic, onions, and spices. It is a popular vegan dish.

Misir Wat

Cook Time1 hour




  • 4 tbspNiter Kibbeh(divided)
  • 1 Onion(finely diced)
  • 3 cloveGarlic(finely minced)
  • 1 Tomato(Roma tomato)
  • 3 tbspTomato paste
  • 2 tbspBerbere
  • 1 cupRed lentils
  • 2 1/2 cupChicken broth
  • 1 tbspSalt


  1. Melt 3 tablespoons of the niter kibbeh in a medium stock pot. Add the onions and cook over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes until golden brown.
  2. Add the garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste and 1 tablespoon of the berbere and cook for 5-7 minutes. Reduce the heat if needed to prevent burning.
  3. Add the lentils, broth and salt, bring it to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cover and simmer the lentils, stirring occasionally, for 40 minutes (adding more broth if needed) or until the lentils are soft.
  4. Stir in the remaining tablespoon of niter kibbeh and berbere. Simmer for a couple more minutes. Add salt to taste.
  5. Serve with Ethiopian injera.