Spiced Red Lentils

amir hamza @ 2021-03-23 03:53:16 -0400

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

Cooking Time: 35 Minutes

Makes: 2-3 Servings


3 cups Masoor Dal 
1/2 cup Ghee 
3 medium red onions, finely chopped (2 cups)
5 tsp Garlic Ginger Paste 
3 tablespoons berbere, plus more for sprinkling
2 teaspoons nigella seeds, finely ground
1 teaspoon Cardamom Powder
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper


1. In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat the ghee.

2. Add the onions and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until they are softened and just starting to brown, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic ginger paste, berbere, nigella seeds, cardamom powder and a generous pinch each of salt and black pepper and cook until fragrant and deeply colored, about 10 minutes.

3. Add the red lentils with 8 cups of water to the casserole and bring to a boil.

4. Cover and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the lentils have cooked down and thickened, 25 minutes.

5. Season the lentils with salt and pepper.

6. Ladle the lentils into bowls, sprinkle with berbere and serve.