Instant Pot Ethiopian Lentil Stew

Spicy Ethiopian Lentil Stew made in the Instant Pot! It's spicy, flavorful and makes a comforting meal. Vegan & gluten-free. 
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Ethiopian Lentil Stew made easy in the Instant Pot! This spicy red lentil stew is full of flavors and the addition of spinach makes it more nutritious! Vegan & gluten-free.

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Instant Pot Ethiopian Lentil Stew with rice in a black bowl

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My first opinion of Ethiopian food was not very good. I think it had to do with the injera (the Ethiopian flatbread)  and mainly because it was served cold. Indians mostly eat everything super hot, at least that’s how it was in my house. Chai boiling hot straight from the pan, paratha and roti straight from the skillet to the plate and so on. You I kind of grew eating hot meals and then when I ate injera, my first reaction was why is it cold? I am not sure if its always served cold but that’s how it has been in most Ethiopian restaurants that I have been to.

Anyway so after that first encounter, I kind of stayed away from Ethiopian food but Sarvesh is a big fan so one day, I decided to give it another shot and I am so glad I did! I realized that the food was so flavorful and just so delicious with all the spices. Now it’s one of my favorites, especially because it has so many vegetarian options. My favorites? Misir Wot, which is the spicy red lentils that I am sharing today and Shiro Wot, the chickpeas which I also love.

Ethiopian Lentil Stew in a black bowl

Ethiopian cuisine uses a lot of a spices and one of the very famous ones is Berbere spice. It’s a mix of several spices and its hot! Seriously when I used it for the first time, I used it liberally and I couldn’t eat that food. Okay, maybe my tolerance level is low when it comes to handling hot food but still it was hot. Now I am just extra careful while using it.

 Let’s talk a bit about this Ethiopian Lentil Stew

– its made in the Instant Pot- like duh obviously, it so easy in the IP!

– I have used red lentils for this stew, you may use other lentils as well. But I think traditionally red lentil is what is used in the recipe.

– I added some spinach to the lentils to make it more wholesome.

– this recipe is vegan and gluten-free!

overhead shot of ethiopian lentil and rice

This recipe of Ethiopian Red Lentil comes together so quickly in the Instant Pot. It takes less than 30 minutes to put this spicy dish on the table. Traditionally it should be eaten with injera but since I don’t know how to make it and I didn’t even have the ingredients for it, I just ate it with some rice. Let me tell you, it tastes amazing either way!

I added 2 teaspoons of berbere spice mix here and it was little hot me still. I mean it was tolerable but hot. I know of people who would add like 1-2 tablespoons for the same amount of lentils, so if you are one of those feel free to add more. Also, it might depends on the brand you buy and how hot your spice mix is, so adjust accordingly.

Here are the products that I used for this recipe

 

Method

Press the saute button on your Instant Pot. Once it displays hot, add the oil and then add the chopped ginger, garlic, red onion & spring onion.

Cook the onion, ginger and garlic for around 3 minutes until softened. Then add the cumin powder and berbere spice.

Also add the salt, mix well and cook for few seconds.

Add the tomato paste, red lentils and stir for 30 seconds.

Then add 1.5 cups vegetable broth and close the lid.

Press the manual or pressure cook button and cook on high pressure for 6 minutes, with the pressure valve in the sealing position.

Quick release the pressure and then press the saute button.

Add the remaining 1/2 cup of the vegetable broth if desired at this point. I added the remaining 1/2 cup. Stir in the spinach leaves.

Let it simmer for 1 minutes or until the spinach leaves have wilted.

Serve this Instant Pot Ethiopian Lentil Stew with injera (the Ethiopian flat-bread) or plain rice! You may garnish it with cilantro or parsley.

Instant Pot Ethiopian Lentil Stew

Instant Pot Ethiopian Lentil Stew with rice in a black bowl
Manali
Spicy Ethiopian Lentil Stew made in the Instant Pot! It's spicy, flavorful and makes a comforting meal. Vegan & gluten-free. 
4.88 from 39 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 3
Calories 251 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1.5 tablespoon oil use oil of choice
  • 1 inch ginger 10 grams, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves 7 grams, chopped
  • 1 medium red onion 120 grams, sliced
  • 3 stalks of green onion chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 2 teaspoons berbere spice adjust to taste
  • salt to taste, little more than 1/2 teaspoon
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup red lentils 135 grams
  • 2 cups vegetable broth divided
  • 25-30 baby spinach leaves
  • cilantro or parsley to garnish

Instructions
 

  • Press the saute button on your Instant Pot. Once it displays hot, add the oil and then add the chopped ginger, garlic, red onion & spring onion.
  • Cook the onion, ginger and garlic for around 3 minutes until softened. Then add the cumin powder and berbere spice. Also add the salt, mix well and cook for few seconds.
  • Add the tomato paste, red lentils and stir for 30 seconds. Then add 1.5 cups vegetable broth and close the lid.
  • Press the manual or pressure cook button and cook on high pressure for 6 minutes, with the pressure valve in the sealing position.
  • Quick release the pressure and then press the saute button.
  • Add the remaining 1/2 cup of the vegetable broth if desired at this point. I added the remaining 1/2 cup. Stir in the spinach leaves. Let it simmer for 1 minutes or until the spinach leaves have wilted.
  • Serve this Instant Pot Ethiopian Lentil Stew with injera (the Ethiopian flat-bread) or plain rice! You may garnish it with cilantro or parsley. 

Notes

  1. You may use water in place of vegetable broth.
  2. Adjust spice levels to taste. Berbere spice is hot so adjust accordingly.

Nutrition

Calories: 251kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 12gFat: 7gSodium: 825mgPotassium: 617mgFiber: 15gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1415IUVitamin C: 9.8mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 5.2mg
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Instant Pot Ethiopian Lentil Stew

 

74 thoughts on “Instant Pot Ethiopian Lentil Stew

      1. Hi Mauli, I have not had injera without teff flour so I am not aware if it can be made without teff flour or not. It’s a traditional Ethiopian bread and it is traditionally made with teff flour. Sure there must be some alternatives which I haven’t comes across until now.

      2. Okay. Thanks a lot. Can’t find any reliable recipes for injera online. Will be waiting for yours.

  1. 5 stars
    I put the first bite in my mouth and said “oh my God.” This recipe is exactly what I was craving. It’s got just enough heat without being too much and it is SO, SO flavorful. Thank you SO much for sharing!

  2. 5 stars
    I love this recipe, the only problem is that it is so good I have not yet needed to try any of your other recipes but really want to.

  3. How would you recommend cooking without an Insta pot? Is it just a longer summer in time? Until the lentil soften?

  4. I havent cooked with red lentils at home but i like when i go out to eat and something is made with lentils. This was a lovely easy to follow recipe. I didn’t have tomato paste so i used a little pasta sauce that needed to be used and extra broth so it was more soupy. thank you kindly!

  5. 5 stars
    I love love love this recipe, I meal prep it every week for lunch! I’d like to experiment with adding diced chicken breast for a little extra protein. Would you adjust the amount of vegetable broth or the pressure cook time, or leave it the same? Right now 6 minutes overcooks my lentils just a touch.

    1. Hmm I am not sure Kara since I have never cooked chicken in my life so can’t answer that. Try 4 or 5 minutes perhaps if you want lentils less cooked.

  6. 3 stars
    First time using this site although I make Indian in my Ip most every night. Not sure what went wrong but I used two cups broth, got the burn warning and the lentils aren’t cooked.

    1. I am not sure either, this is a tried and tested recipe which has been made by many. The newer IP models are prone to BURN message so that might be the case. Try adding more water next time.

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