Mesir Wat (Red Lentil Stew) With Ayib Topping
February 04, 2020
"When I tried this, I was getting out of my comfort zone. I was using spices I had never used and I didn't know if it would be too hot. I'm so glad I tried this. We have loved this soup. It looks like a lot of steps but it goes pretty quickly. If I think it's not hard, then believe me, anyone can do it. This is an Ethiopian recipe. Per the recipe author, the spices used are a replacement for things not easily available in the United States. This was made and adapted from aspicyperspective.com"
- Serving Size: 1 (423.4 g)
- Calories 376.3
- Total Fat - 9 g
- Saturated Fat - 4.4 g
- Cholesterol - 29 mg
- Sodium - 1038.5 mg
- Total Carbohydrate - 43 g
- Dietary Fiber - 18.4 g
- Sugars - 6.5 g
- Protein - 31.2 g
- Calcium - 189.4 mg
- Iron - 5 mg
- Vitamin C - 4.7 mg
- Thiamin - 0.5 mg
You will need a large sauce pot to cook everything in.
FOR THE STEW
Place the butter into the pot. Chop the onion and add it to the pot. Cook this over medium heat until the onions are softening (about 3 to 5 minutes). Next, grate the ginger and mince the garlic, adding them to the pot, sauteing for 2 more minutes.
Then you need to add the spices, tomato paste, and the salt. Mix everything together, then add the 2 cups of lentils along with 6 cups of water.
Cover. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes.
Uncover and stir. Keep the pot uncovered, continuing to cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until it is the consistency of a thick porridge. Remove the pot from the heat. Cover it until you are ready to serve it.
FOR THE AYIB:
The cottage cheese needs to be rinsed and drained in cold water until only the curds are left. Then you need to place the curds in a bowl. Press them with paper towels in order to dry them. Keep doing it until most of the water is removed and the curds are all broken up.
Add the yogurt, lemon zest, and the salt, mixing it all together. Place it in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.
To use: Place a large spoonful on top of a serving of stew.
Yummy in the tummy.
Tips & Variations
No special items needed.