Ethiopian Lentil Bowl

November 22, 2010

This recipe hails from the Simply in Season cookbook, a collection of recipes that rely on fresh local ingredients in the spirit of More-with-Less. Along with recipes you will find many passages in this book relating local food to social justice around the world, environmental impact, and a Christian’s responsibility to be a mindful consumer.

I will admit, we are often swayed by low prices and convenient supermarkets, but I have found my experiences at local farmer’s markets to be more cost effective and spiritually rewarding than any trip to the mega-chain. I would encourage you to see for yourself that buying local can be an answer to poverty. I would also encourage you to check out this cookbook for an abundance of thrifty seasonal and year-long recipes.

Ethiopian Lentil Bowl

  • 2 cups / 500 ml dried red lentils (sorted and rinsed) I used 3 cups
  • 2 large onions (finely chopped)
  • 1 head garlic (peeled and mashed) I used 2 tbsp of minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste (I added the whole 6oz can)
  • 1/2 tsp paprika (double)
  • 1 tsp salt (double, to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger (or puree 2 inches fresh ginger root)
  • 1/4 tsp pepper (double, to taste)
  • 3 cups / 750 ml water (double)
  • 1/4 cup / 60 ml lemon or lime juice (I used half a lime)

Soak lentils for 30 minutes in hot water. While these are soaking, saute the onion and garlic in a large soup pot until golden. Puree ginger root with tomato paste and 1 cup of water. Add to soup pot along with the salt, pepper, paprika, and water. After this reaches a boil add your lentils, lower the heat and simmer (covered) for 45 minutes. Juice lemon/lime and add to soup. Garnish with wedges for presentation.

This made such a hearty and frugal soup! The paprika, tomato, and lime add a delightful twist to traditional flavors!

“My head bent over a bowl of steaming soup, my prayer seems to be incense floating up to heaven. I think God likes soup.” -Mary Beth Lind, Coauthor of Simply in Season.

For more seasonal recipes check out the Recipe of the Week, from Simply in Season!


One Response to “Ethiopian Lentil Bowl”

  1. Cliona Says:

    The quote at the end sums up exactly how I feel about soup :)

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