Ethiopian Red Lentil Soup
By :Meals in a Jar Cookbook by Pamela Ellgen
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My church shares its building with an Ethiopian congregation, which has introduced me to the spice berbere (BER-bur-ay). It’s actually a spice blend—like curry powder or garam masala—and is comprised of onion powder, cardamom, coriander, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and allspice. I prefer to purchase my spice blend rather than mixing it myself. The pungent flavors and aromas of the spices permeate the red lentils. Make sure to finish the soup off with the lime juice. The black mustard seeds aren’t essential, but they look beautiful in the jar and bring complexity to the otherwise quite simple lentil stew. Jar size: 3 cups
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Course Soup
Cuisine African
Difficulty Medium
Browse Category Soups, Stews & Broths
Duration less than 15 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
6 Servings
Ingredients
Dry ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons berbere
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 cups dried red lentils
  • 1/3 cup dried onion
  • 2 tablespoons black mustard seeds
For Cooking and Serving
  • 9 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice to serve
Course Soup
Cuisine African
Difficulty Medium
Browse Category Soups, Stews & Broths
Duration less than 15 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
6 Servings
Ingredients
Dry ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons berbere
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 cups dried red lentils
  • 1/3 cup dried onion
  • 2 tablespoons black mustard seeds
For Cooking and Serving
  • 9 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice to serve
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Instructions
Preparation:
  1. Layer the dry ingredients in the jar in the order listed.
To Cook:
  1. Place all of the jarred ingredients into the Instant Pot. Add 9 cups of vegetable broth or water. Stir to mix. Cover with the lid and ensure the vent is in the “sealed” position. Pressure Cook or Manual on High for 5 minutes. Allow the steam pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then release any remaining pressure manually.
To Serve:
  1. Stir in the freshly squeezed lime juice.
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