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Instant Pot Misir Wat

Spicy, Flavourful Ethiopian Lentil stew filled with vegetables, lentil and Ethiopian Spice Blend.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Ethiopian
Keyword: Ethiopian Cuisine, Ethiopian Lentil Stew, Ethiopian Vegetarian Stew, Instant Pot Ethiopian Stew, Instant Pot Misir Wat, Misir Wot recipe, Recipe under 30 mins, Vegetarian Stew
Servings: 3 people
Author: Gayathri Vijayakumar


  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 inch Cinnamon
  • 1 Cardamom
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 Pink onion finely chopped
  • 1 inch Ginger finely chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Tomato paste
  • 3 tsp Berbere spice
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup Red lentils / masoor dal
  • 2 cups Vegetable broth
  • 1 Potato peeled and chopped into medium cubes
  • 1/2 cup Bell Pepper chopped into medium size pieces
  • 20 Spinach Leaves
  • Cilantro / Parsley to garnish


  • Wash and soak the red lentils for 15 mins. Soaking is optional but I prefer doing it.
  • Press the saute button on your Instant Pot. Once it displays hot, add the butter. Once melted, add cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaf, cumin seeds. Once cumin seeds splutter, add the chopped ginger, garlic, red onion.
  • Saute the onion, ginger and garlic until well cooked. Then add the tomato paste, salt and berbere spice. Let it cook for few seconds.
  • Add the potatoes and bell pepper. Saute for 30 seconds till the spice gets coated well.
  • Add red lentils and stir for 30 seconds. Then add the vegetable broth and close the lid.
  • Press the manual or pressure cook button and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes, with the pressure valve in the sealing position.
  • Quick release the pressure after 5 minutes and then press the saute button.
  • Add in the spinach leaves. Let it simmer for 2 to 3 minutes or until the spinach leaves have wilted.
  • Adjust salt and spice. Garnish it with cilantro or parsley. 
  • Serve hot with Rice or Bread.


  1. You can use water in place of vegetable broth.
  2. Adjust spice levels to taste. Start with 1 tsp of Berbere Spice and gradually increase according to your taste. 
  3. Instead of tomato paste, you can puree 1 medium tomato and add it to this recipe. 
  4. You can omit the vegetables and use just the lentils.