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Red Lentil Stew

Photo of prepared Red Lentil Soup
Photo attribution: My Tu Duong
Ready In: 35 minutes
Serves: 8
Dairy-freeGluten-freeLow Added SugarVeganVegetarian
If you like rich, spicy flavor, this side dish will make you happy!

What you'll need

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Cutting board
Sharp knife
Large pot
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Serves 8
1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
1 Onion small, finely chopped
5 cloves Garlic minced
2 tablespoons Ethiopian Berbere Spice Blend see notes below
8 cups Water
2 cups Lentils dried, rinsed, and drained
2 tablespoons Tomato Paste
3/4 teaspoon Salt


1.In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until tender.
2.Stir in garlic and berbere spice or chili powder. Cook for 1 minute.
3.Add water, lentils, tomato paste, and salt.
4.Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until lentils are tender, about 20 minutes (or 30 minutes for brown lentils). Stir occasionally.
5.Serve hot with Ethiopian-style injera or other bread.

Chef's Tips

  • If berebere spice is difficult to find, substitute your favorite red chili powder.
  • You may use red or brown lentils in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1.00 cup

Serving Per Container 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8 g10%
Saturated Fat 1 g5%
Sodium 599 mg26%
Total Carbohydrate 34 g12%
Dietary Fiber 6 g21%
Protein 12 g

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