Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew (Misir Wat)

Another recipe I cooked up for my Ethiopian feast, in addition to yesterday’s Cabbage and Carrots, was the obligatory red lentil stew, also known as misir wat.  Regina’s Ethiopian restaurant always has some of this goodness at their lunch buffets, and I knew the feast wouldn’t be complete without it.

The recipe is another one courtesy the newest Food and Wine magazine, and can be found online here.  Like the cabbage and carrots recipe, I cut this one in half and it was still plenty bountiful.  The same lessons as before apply – be generous with the oil, salt and aromatics (garlic, onion, ginger).  The only real change I made to this was to sub an equal amount of ground thyme for the ground nigella seeds (couldn’t find ’em) – worked like a dream.

Berbere is a red Ethiopian spice blend that contains stuff like chili peppers, fenugreek, ginger and cardamom.  It is very fragrant and varies in spiciness depending on the brand.  The type I use is from the store and is quite spicy, though a homemade version would be as easy as this.  Berbere makes a great addition to soups and stews if you’re looking to switch up your same-old curry powder routine!

In other news, this is what my balcony view looked like today…

(Who’s driving on the grass?!)

Yup, that there is the first snowfall of the season.  Too bad it didn’t hold off until after Halloween!  Though I really can’t complain, because Alberta and northern Saskatchewan got pummeled with crazy snowstorms and this is really just a polite sprinkling of the stuff.  Ahh, it won’t be long until I’m brushing off heaps of snow from my car and working my arm muscles to scrape off thick layers of ice from the windows.  Good ol’ winter.

In other OTHER news, and significantly more exciting, check out what arrived in the mail today!

Yup.  Yup x 1000.  

My band’s CD!  You can check out our page – the CD is available for download (or free streaming!) there.  It won’t be long until we exist on iTunes, too!  I’ll keep you posted on that front.

How awesome is that?  Look how badass we are!  We gonna mess stuff up!  If you’re interested in having a hard copy of the album, drop me a line and we can work something out.

Happy Tuesday, all!  I’m pretty confident mine can’t get much better. 🙂

  • xvavaveganx

    Aaaaah how exciting about your album!!! I can't wait to download it! Congrats on the accomplishment and I totally agree, you are so badass and you are gonna wreck some sh*t 😉 So stoked for you!

    The lentils look and sound delicious! I don't eat nearly enough lentils, I should fix that sooner rather than later 🙂

    So crazy that is snowed already! It looks pretty though 😉

  • foodfeud

    Ha! That's fantastic about yr album! It looks great! So pro.
    I love, love lentils. Especially the red ones – they get all soft. Berbere IS delicious.

  • Allysia

    Well that's Saskatchewan weather for you, ha ha. 🙂 And thanks! I'm also ridiculously stoked. And lentils are my fave, they cook so quickly compared to other legumes!

  • Allysia

    The red ones are beautiful – same reason I love split peas. And thank you. 🙂

  • Joey

    CDs, snowfall and red lentils? You're totally having a red letter day today!

  • Jolene – EverydayFoodie

    Ooooh, the discs look great!!! I will definitely be buying one the next time I see you 🙂 I'm excited!

  • Allysia

    I'm not entirely sure what a red letter day is, but I'll assume it's a good thing. 🙂

  • Allysia

    They're shrink-wrapped and everything. 🙂

  • Maggie Muggins

    Ugh, the weather sucks so much here lately, it feels like December with all this crappy snow. The joys of living in the prairies.

    When we go out for Ethiopian, the lentil dish is always my favorite! So much tasty tasty flavor.

    Your cd’s turned out great! So cool. Congrats! Are you guys just going to sell them at your concerts?

  • Jared

    What a great looking red lentil stew, I'm enjoying this ethiopian series from you as I seldom even experiment cooking with it, yet I love the spicy warm flavors and arotmatic garlic/onion/ginger in anything Asian.

    I've seen you talking about your band for quite some time yet never gave y'all a listen. My loss, you sound really great! I really like the alternative sound with lots of deeper, darker punk undertones. It's definitely original, and the lyrics are awesome as well. Major congratulations on the CD release and can't wait to hear what else is in store!

  • Allysia

    Yeah, you guys got stormed on way worse than us!

    We're selling them at concerts for sure, and we're also distributing them to various publications/radios in central Canada (at the very least).

  • Allysia

    Jared! Nice to hear from you. And thanks for the kind comments on the music, I greatly appreciate it. 🙂 And thanks for listening!