Misir Wot (Ethiopian Lentils)

Misir Wot (Ethiopian Lentils) is a vegetarian lentil main dish or side dish with a curry flavor that is served as part of a larger meal.

Misir Wot (Ethiopian Lentils)

Misir Wot (Ethiopian Lentils)

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Misir Wot (Ethiopian Lentils) is one of my recipes of the day with the blogging group Sunday Funday. We are sharing some healthy recipes today to get our year off to a good nutritious start.

I decided to finally get my post for Ethiopian lentils up, since it is very healthy. Not only is it vegetarian (vegan if you just use oil), it also includes turmeric which is obviously healthy.

Misir Wot (Ethiopian Lentils)

I had meant to get this posted some time ago, as I had worked it up as part of a larger meal. If you have been waiting, I offer my apologies. If ever I am behind and you are waiting for a recipe I promised, just drop me a line as I don’t mind getting reminders.

Here is a pic of the whole meal I had made:

Ethiopian Meal of Misir Wot, Rolls of Injera bread, Gomen, Beef Tibs, all on a larger round of Injera Bread

Pictured from Top left going clockwise: Misir Wot, Rolls of Injera bread, Gomen, Beef Tibs, all on a larger round of Injera

 I will try to post the gomen recipe soon. It has been in my files idling as well. The injera I had bought as that day had quite a few new recipes already. All the foods were delicious and adored by everyone at that meal.

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Misir Wot (Ethiopian Lentils)

Misir Wot (Ethiopian Lentils)

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Misir Wot (Ethiopian Lentils)

Misir Wot- Ethiopian Lentils

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Depressurize time 15 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine African, Ethiopian
Servings 8


  • Instant Pot or Electric Pressure Cooker


  • 1 cup red lentils rinsed (Masoor)
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoons niter kibbeh or oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon berbere spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Set Instant Pot to saute setting and brown onion in the niter kibbeh.
  • Add remaining ingredients and 3 cups water.
  • Cook, sealed/at pressure, on manual/high for 9 minutes.
  • Allow steam to release gradually with setting off, about 15 minutes.


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7 responses

  1. I have made misr wot in the past…pre instant pot….anxious to try it using the instant pot method you are sharing.

  2. I have made a similar recipe for years, called something completely different because no berbere spice. Now I’ll have to try and buy some of that! Or maybe make my own. Your misir wot is comfort food for sure, Sue.

  3. yum yum, Love this quick and easy version of red lentils. This and different lentils are our everyday food. Comforting and perfect with some rice or roti(Bread).

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