Lamb and Lentil Soup

Source: The Recipe of Love
Date tried: December 22, 2012
Yield:4-6 servings
Time needed: 1 hour

A lovely, satisfying soup.  Be sure to make enough to save for another day.

Lamb and Lentil Soup

Lamb and Lentil Soup

Lamb and Lentil Soup (Ye’beg Siga be Misr Shorba)
2½ lb. lamb ribs, cut in pieces, washed and patted dry
1½ cups lentils
12 cups water
3 Tbsp. olive oil
1 red onion, sliced
3 medium tomatoes, chopped
2 green onions, sliced
3 inches ginger, mashed
1 each green, red and orange peppers, sliced
1 tsp. long pepper
1 tsp. cumin
1 lime quartered
1 tsp. turmeric
Sea salt to taste
Fresh coriander leaf
Butter (optional)

In a large pot, boil the lentils with the water for 45 minutes.
Heat the oil on low and stir-fry the lamb for 10 minutes.
Add sliced onion and chopped tomato.
Add more water to the lentils if they are too thick. They should be a thick, soupy mixture.
Add all other ingredients.
Add butter (optional)
Let cool for 5 minutes more and serve.

“Soup is good for a cold day.”

Boiled Egg in Lentil Sauce

Source: The Recipe of Love
Date tried: July 6, 2014
Yield: 6 servings
Time needed: 30 minutes

Prior Preparation Needed
Hardboil eggs
Prepare Berbere Mixture

A surprisingly quick dish to make and suitable for lunch. It cries out for injera.  If you don’t have any on hand, serve with a soft bread that will absorb the sauce, as it is quite spicy. The picture shows potato bread.

Boiled Egg in Lentil Sauce

Boiled Egg in Lentil Sauce

 

Boiled Egg in Lentil Sauce
6 boiled eggs, peeled
1/2 cup red lentils, washed and soaked for 15 minutes.
1 large red onion, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
3 Tbsp. berbere mixture (or hot chili paste)
2 cups water
3 Tbsp. red wine
4 Tbsp. garlic & ginger mix
1 tsp. allspice
sea salt to taste

Set lentils on to soak.
On medium heat, brown the onion in a large frypan or wok.
Add olive oil and stir 2-3 minutes
Add 2 Tbsp. water.
Add the berbere mix and stir constantly 5-10 minutes.
Add the 2 cups of water and bring to a boil.
Drain the lentils and add.  Reduce heat and cook 5 minutes.
Add wine and the garlic-ginger mix. Reduce heat to simmer for 5 minutes.
Add allspice and salt to taste.
Poke eggs with a fork and add to sauce.
Let simmer for 10 minutes, then serve.

Hot Chicken Stew

Source: The Recipe of Love
Made: December 18, 2013
Yield: 6-8 servings
Time to make: 2½ to 3 hours.

A note to myself from the first occasion on which I made this recipe says “3 hours to make but worth it!”  Now that I have tried it again, I am still of the same opinion.  If you are a fan of hot, spicy dishes, this is one of the best.  If you are not try Mild Chicken Stew instead.

The basic procedure is:
Marinate the chicken (45 minutes)
Make the sauce (30 minutes)
Add chicken and braise (25 minutes)
Add first round of spices and continue to braise (20 minutes)
Add second round of spices and continue to braise (15 minutes)
Turn off heat, add eggs and let sit for 20 minutes before serving.

Best accompaniment for this dish is lots of injera and a green salad on the side.

Before beginning, check that you have some of the special Ethiopian condiments on hand such as spiced onion, spiced butter, berbere mix and garlic and ginger mix.

Hot Chicken Stew

Hot Chicken Stew

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Boiled Egg Stew (Ye’tekekele Enqulal Wet

Source: The Recipe of Love
Made: December 11, 2013
Yield: 8 servings
Time to make: 50 minutes.

There are several recipes in this book which feature the addition of hard-boiled eggs. But basically, this is a sort of Sloppy Joe recipe of ground beef cooked in a sauce and served over the bread of your choice.  Quite easy to make as long as you have your ingredients out and handy.  From your Ethiopian pantry items you will need Berbere Dilhie, Garlic and Ginger Mix, and Spiced Butter.

Boiled Egg Stew

Boiled Egg Stew

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Kidney Bean Soup

Source: The Recipe of Love
Made: October 2, 2013
Yield: 8-10 servings
Time to make: 1½ hours.

Prior preparation needed
Soak kidney beans at least overnight.  For best results soak for 2 days.

This is a truly delicious soup and quite simple to make.

I had to guess somewhat at the procedure, for not all the ingredients are mentioned in the instructions. So I added the red onion along with the carrots and string beans, and the hot green pepper along with the potato and tomato.  Be sure to dice the potato very small as it gets very little cooking.

Kidney Bean Soup

Kidney Bean Soup

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Birz (Honey Water)

Source: The Recipe of Love
Date tried: June 19, 2013
Yield: 6-7 servings
Time needed: a minute or two

Birz or Honey Water is just what it says: honey mixed into water. I used ordinary water, but I expect it would be very nice with sparkling water.  Chilled, it will keep in the fridge for a day or two.

According to the author “Honey water is good in the morning on an empty stomach and before bedtime.  It will clean your body and you won’t feel hungry.”

I remember when I was a student teacher, just as we were preparing for our first practice sessions in an actual classroom.  Many of us were very nervous and one of our professors advised us to take the precaution of having some honey because “it will give you energy and won’t upset your stomach.”

Birz (Honey water)

Birz (Honey water)

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