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Think you can’t make Ethiopian food at home? Think again. Flavored with the distinctive Ethiopian spice mix berbere, this traditional lentil stew known as misr wat is as authentic as it gets. Hot and hearty, there’s no better way to warm up on these crisp fall days! Rebeccah, Recipe Hunter

Rebeccah Marrero

THE RECIPE

Misr Wat – Ethiopian Spiced Red Lentils

Ethiopian lentils, spice, and everything nice

Hot, filling and simple to throw together, there’s no reason to go out to get your Ethiopian fix with this recipe for misr wat, a red lentil stew simmered with tomatoes and flavored with berbere. Berbere, a chili spice blend literally meaning “hot” in Amharic (the main language in Ethiopia), is one of the trademarks of authentic Ethiopian cuisine. Some of the ingredients can be hard to find so here, Trix uses pre-made berbere mix which you can find online or at some natural foods stores, though the more adventurous can try their hand at making your own at home. Traditionally paired with injera, a spongy flatbread made from teff flour, Trix instead adds a cooling dollop of Greek yogurt, mellowing the smoky flavor of the berbere while emphasizing the complexity of a mix that includes not only chiles and paprika but also allspice, nutmeg, and cloves- ingredients not usually all found in the same dish outside of Ethiopia! Berbere itself varies from region to region, making this dish easy to adjust accordingly to your own palate while still getting a taste of Africa right from your own kitchen.

THE CHEF

Trix Middlekauff

Journalist, Recipe Developer, Food & Travel Writer

Trix Middlekauff

I love learning about different world cuisines and thoughtfully incorporating elements from them into my own cooking. Travel in particular inspires me to create accessible dishes with an international twist based on the new flavors I've tried abroad.

Exploring the world and the limits of foodie imagination, Trix is the namesake of Tasty Trix, where the chronicles of her world travels reside along with the food inspiration she found along the way. A recipe developer at heart, Trix’s twists make even familiar dishes surprising and delightful. Keep your plate festive with a splash of naturally purple potato dumplings or try the fanciest, most original “hot dogs” you’ll ever see. This quality equally applies to the veritable trove of international dishes Trix has made accessible for the everyday chef. Poke around and you’ll find both hard-to-find and authentic recipes that span the globe. With recent stops in Iceland, Prague, and Mexico City, we can’t wait to see what inspires Trix next!

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THE TIP

Ingredient Spotlight: Berbere

Berbere is the most essential spice blend of Ethiopian cuisine. It’s smokey, spicy, and complex with dried chiles, paprika and a variety of other spices.

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  • Fassica.com

    Thanks for sharing. There are lots of place that sell Berber but most of them are not authentic that you see in Ethiopians house. If you like Natural, authentic Berbere and other spice, then go to http://www.fassica.com