Ethiopian cuisine is known for its unique flavors and spice blends, making it a great option for vegetarians looking to add some variety to their meal rotation. The following recipe offers a delicious and easy way to try out some traditional Ethiopian spices and flavor combinations.


  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Rinse the lentils with cold water in a mesh strainer until the water runs clear.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add diced onions and sauté until translucent(about five minutes). Add minced garlic then stir together.
  3. Stir in cumin, coriander, turmeric until fragrant (about one minute).
  4. Add rinsed lentils into he mixture which are covered by about two inches of water ,the bring everything to boil on high heat.
    5.Then Reduce the heat down low to let it simmer for around thirty minutes or so.
    6.Add salt at last step by tasting .Done!

Cooking Time & Temperature Guidelines

Preparation time: 10 minutes,
Cook time: Around forty(40) minutes ,
Total time needed from start-to-finish: Around fifty (50)minutes.

My Pro-tips:

  • Soak your pulse overnight or even just during the day will help you remove any additional particles that might be hard on digestion or confusing otherwise .
  • Make sure your pulse is cooked all of the ways through before consuming as undercooked beans can cause indigestion.

Seasoning Options:

Adding Berbere seasoning blend after cooking would be perfect.

Recommended Tools:

Mesh strainer, medium saucepan.

To Sum Up

This Ethiopian inspired vegetarian recipe uses red lentils and a combination of spices including cumin, coriander, turmeric. It is simple to make and perfect for adding variety to your meal rotation while still staying healthy and full of flavor.


Sure, here are three popular FAQs about “Deliciously Easy Ethiopian Vegetarian Recipes” and their answers:

What are some key ingredients in Ethiopian vegetarian cuisine?
Ethiopian vegetarian cuisine is known for its flavorful spice blends and use of legumes, grains, and vegetables. Key ingredients include berbere spice blend (a mix of chili pepper, garlic, ginger, fenugreek seeds, and other spices), injera bread (a sourdough flatbread made from teff flour), lentils (often used to make stews or soups), chickpeas (used in salads or stews), collard greens (sautéed with onions and spices), cabbage (often cooked with carrots and potatoes), and various types of roasted or sautéed vegetables.

Are Ethiopian vegetarian recipes difficult to make?
Many Ethiopian vegetarian recipes can be easy to make once you have some familiarity with the key ingredients and techniques used in the cuisine. Some dishes may require a bit more preparation time due to soaking beans or grinding spices but overall they can be quite approachable even for novice cooks.

Can I find Ethiopian ingredients at my local grocery store?
While specialized African markets may carry a wider variety of Ethiopian ingredients, many common items such as Berbere seasoning can also often be found at large supermarkets including Target or Whole Foods Market depending on your location.To ensure that you get all the necessary flavors look around ethnic stores in nearby cities , try online vendors like could always substitute certain specialty items with similar basic pantry staples such as cumin powder instead of ground fennel seed when needed .