Eden Hagos’s Spicy Ethiopian-Style Red Lentil Recipe – The Kit

In our What’s Cooking series, Canadians in the food world share their favourite at-home recipes: the easy, delicious—even occasionally healthy!—meals that they go back to again and again. On today’s menu: Eden Hagos’s Ethiopian Style Red Lentils (Misir).

 

MEET THE CHEF

Eden Hagos is the founder of Black Foodie, a platform that celebrates Black food culture globally. Within her role, she creates delicious food content, cultivates a vibrant community and curates events. “Bland food is my enemy, so spices are always close by,” she says. “I enjoy getting folks to try a new ingredient, support Black restaurants and think critically about food.” Today, she’s sharing her spicy Ethiopian red lentil (misir) recipe. “I chose this dish because it’s one of my favourites no matter the season,” Eden explains. “I really enjoy it in the summer because I can make a big pot of it and enjoy it for the next few days with salad. It’s one of those recipes that tastes better the next day. In the summer I don’t want to spend all day cooking and misir is super easy, inexpensive and delicious. I eat it with some fresh spongey injera when I have some available. But most times, I have it with some rice and a fresh salad.”

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BLACK FOODIEEden Hagos’s Ethiopian-Style Red Lentils (centre of platter): “It’s one of those recipes that tastes better the next day.”

 

EDEN HAGOS’S ETHIOPIAN STYLE RED LENTILS (MISIR)

Serves 2-4

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons (10 mL) canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons (25 g) berbere (Ethiopian spice mix)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 (300 g) cups red lentils
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 jalapeño pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Cook down onions in canola oil until they begin to caramelize.

2. Add berbere spice and garlic and stir.

3. Add lentils, tomatoes and a splash of water (just enough water to let the mixture simmer and cook through lentils).

4. Once the misir begins to thicken, add a whole jalapeño pepper.

5. Serve with 100% Teff Injera or rice if you don’t have access to injera bread.

 

EDEN’S KITCHEN ESSENTIALS

What’s your favourite kitchen tool?

“My favourite kitchen tool is my rice cooker, I throw everything in there from rice to fonio or teff.”

What’s your favourite cookbook?

I have so many, it’s hard to choose. I really love Bryant Terry’s book Afro-Vegan; the recipes are amazing and it’s packed with so much wisdom.”

What’s your favourite cooking show?

“My favourite cooking show doesn’t exist yet. I’m working on that though. I love the Black Foodie Battle we created during COVID; it was a really great celebration of Black chefs and ingredients.”

What’s your favourite food scene on TV?

“The Ethiopian restaurant scenes in Insecure are my favourite because they make it such a normal part of the characters’ lives. I love that Molly and Issa can chill at the restaurant, and it’s not some strange adventure for them. They just love injera.”

 

Who is another Canadian in the food world that you admire?

“There are so many folks I look up to. I admire chef Suzanne Barr and her ability to create delicious dishes while educating her guests. Her restaurant, True True Diner, is a great reflection of this. The walls are lined with photos of civil rights leaders and snapshots from the role diners played in the movement.”

If you could choose one meal to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?

“I love Ethiopian-style ful. It’s hearty, delicious and super easy to make. It’s stewed fava beans with spices, yogurt, fresh veggies and olive oil. I never get sick of it, and it reminds me of family, so I could definitely eat a bowl every day.”

 

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Eden Hagos’s Spicy Ethiopian-Style Red Lentil Recipe – The Kit