Thursday, September 23, 2010

Street Food: Ethiopian Lentil Wat

Let it be known this was the first time I've ever cooked with lentils.

I know, I know.....what kind of health nut are you?

Just goes to show that I'm not as crazy as people might think. (Or, maybe I am. It's definitely debatable.)

At any rate, when my sweet husband bought me this Street Food cookbook for my birthday, this was one of the first recipes I tried.

It doesn't look a thing like the picture in the book, but I figured rarely do they ever. It tasted amazing though! 

Lentils=a success. 

I had to do a bit of research on them since this was my first introduction. Here's what I found:

Lentils come in quite a few varieties, but they are all a great source of inexpensive protein, and high in iron, B-vitamins, and fiber (which helps control blood sugar levels). 

Want to make your own? Here's the recipe:

1 c. lentils
1-2 onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. fresh ginger, grated
3 cloves
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 Tbsp. cilantro or parsley
sea salt & pepper
1 Tbsp. coconut oil 

Put the lentils in a saucepan with enough water to cover, and bring to a boil. Skim off any froth with a spoon, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 min. 

Meanwhile, heat the coconut oil in a pan and saute the onions & garlic. Next, add the chili powder, ginger, cloves, nutmeg & lemon juice. 

Spoon cooked lentils into the spice mix and stir to combine. Cook over low heat for 5-10 min. to let the flavors expand, stirring frequently. Garnish with cilantro or parsley. 

If you're interested in more Street Food, I'll be reviewing more recipes from the cookbook as I make them. You can also get your own copy from Amazon. Sales of the book support Fair Trade! 


  1. Found you via Tuesday Twister! This looks so good and I'm always looking for new ways to use lentils. Thanks for posting!

  2. Thanks for stopping by Joanna! :-D
    Hopefully I'll have more lentil recipes to post soon (now that I've discovered them. Haha!)


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