Mesir Wat (Red Lentil Stew) With Ayib Topping

8
Servings
20m
Prep Time
50m
Cook Time
1h 10m
Ready In


"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"

Original recipe yields 8 servings
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Nutritional

  • 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

Step 1

You will need a large sauce pot to cook everything in.

Step 2

FOR THE STEW

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

Cover. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes.

Step 6

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.

Step 7

FOR THE AYIB:

Step 8

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.

Step 9

Add the yogurt, lemon zest, and the salt, mixing it all together. Place it in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.

Step 10

To use: Place a large spoonful on top of a serving of stew.

Step 11

Yummy in the tummy.

Tips & Variations


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ForeverMama

Found that I really like red lentils. I haven’t had them in a long while. The stew came out full of flavor and loved the smoked paprika in it, however used half hot and half regular smoked. In place of cottage cheese used sour cream. Love the Ayib…so good with the soup! Thank you, WAIGEN, for sharing! Made it for The Joy of Vegetables and Pick Me tag games.

review by:
(3 Feb 2021)

Gerry

Took awhile to restock my lentils I now have plenty of both. Other than using regular paprika and adding a touch of cayenne made as posted. Enjoyed!

review by:
(19 Nov 2020)

Daily Inspiration

We love lentil soup and the ingredients that went into this soup. Unfortunately, my smoked paprika gave the soup a bitter taste -- not the fault of the recipe. As a result, I added just enough honey to the soup to offset the bitterness. Next time I might just use plain paprika vs. smoked. We did not add the cheese topping, but we still enjoyed the soup. : )

(27 Oct 2020)

Peggy Bright

Oh my, this is a sensational recipe. About 10 years ago, we had a month in Ethiopia. This recipe reflects all the flavours we came to love. I 'm sure I will make this often. Thanks so very much for posting.

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(11 Oct 2020)

Luvcookn

We thoroughly enjoyed this stew! Made as directed but used veggie stock for the water and added cayenne for a wee bit of heat. The Ayib topping is delicious and a perfect foil for the stew! DH said it was definitely 5 stars and I agree. Thank you for sharing WhatamIgonnaeatnext? ! Made for Billboard Recipe Tag.

review by:
(31 Jul 2020)

ellie

This is really good -- I have never heard of the alibi -- but this is great and even leftovers would work for breakfast with fruit. I did use regular paprika but otherwise made as directed. Thanks for sharing!

review by:
(8 Feb 2020)