Ethiopian Spiced Lentils Recipe

Tuesday, 28 Apr 2020

In just 30 minutes, you can cook a super healthy Ethiopian spiced lentil dish.

Whilst the lentils have an earthy and peppery taste, this dish is certainly packed full of flavour.

It will most definitely leave your house smelling amazing! Not to mention just how tasty the dish actually is.


  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • Half of thinly chopped onion
  • 1 tea spoon of chilli powder
  • 1 tea spoon of paprika
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • A vegetable stock cube
  • 80 – 100 grams of lentils
  • 1 tea spoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tea spoon of garam masala
  • Optional: Crème fresh


Add vegetable oil and onions into a preheated sauce pan. Once the onions have started sizzling, add the chilli powder and paprika to the mix.

Next, add in all of the chopped tomatoes and keep regularly stirring the mix together. Then add the vegetable stock cube and continue stirring.

TIP – You don’t need to add much water to the mix as the water from the chopped tomatoes cooks the lentils thoroughly.

Add around 3 table spoons of water to the mix. Then it’s time to slowly add in your lentils and remember to keep regularly stirring the mix together.

If your mix is starting to look slightly thick then just keep adding water to smooth out the consistency.

Leave your mix simmering on a medium light for around 20 minutes. Try a teaspoon of lentils and if they are no longer crunchy then it’s ready!

The final step is to add garam masala and cinnamon and stir it into the mix thoroughly.

Finally, enjoy either as a side dish to a main meal or just as it is.


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