Creamy Vegan Ethiopian Lentils | Savory sweet potato, tender lentils, and fresh spinach are simmered in a Berbere-spiced coconut milk broth.This is one of my all-time favorites for cold weather and lazy weekends. I love to save the leftovers in mason jars for easy lunches during the week!
Happy Meatless Monday! Spring is *officially* here, but the weather is still terrible and I’m still eating warm meals.
I’ve got a lovely recipe for Creamy Vegan Ethiopian Lentils for you today. Just look!
One of the easiest ways to achieve a delicious Ethiopian flavor is to use a traditional seasoning known as Berbere seasoning.
Lentils and yams are just so yummy this time of year! You can use sweet potatoes if you can’t find any yams, but I just love the vibrant color that yams bring to a dish. This was really comforting and hearty. Perfect to slurp up next to a cozy fire.
I made this in my favorite dutch oven, which is so pretty I can serve dinner right out of it. When it’s time to save the leftovers, I just put the lid on and pop it in the fridge. It’s enameled cast iron, so it can also go in the dishwasher. Love it!
(Pssst… the leftovers only get better and better, so make sure to save some for an easy lunch option!)
I first shared this recipe with you back in December of 2013, when the blog was only about six months old! I’ve become a bit more proficient with writing recipes and taking pictures since that time, so I thought it was time to update this post and re-share it with the world.
Here’s an old picture from the original post, just for fun (ahem, it is a picture of the leftovers after I had re-heated them for too long and it all got a little mushy….. oops):
Enjoy your meatless Monday!
Here’s Your Recipe!
10 minPrep Time
30 minCook Time
40 minTotal Time
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup thinly sliced yellow onion (about half an onion)
- 1 tablespoon Ethiopian Berbere seasoning
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 cups vegetable broth or mushroom broth
- 2 large red yams, peeled and diced
- 1 cup brown lentils, sorted for foreign material and rinsed
- 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes with juices
- 1 inch of fresh ginger, grated
- 1 (14 oz) can light coconut milk
- 4 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
- Flatbread and/or cooked basmati rice for serving (optional)
- In a large dutch oven (or other heavy bottomed pot), heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is shimmering, add the onions and saute for 3-4 minutes, until softened.
- Add the Berbere seasoning and garlic; toss to coat. Immediately add the broth, yams, lentils, and tomatoes. Allow the mixture to come to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the sweet potatoes are fork-tender and the lentils are soft.
- Add the ginger and coconut milk. Let the mixture cook for another 3 to 5 minutes or so over low heat, then stir in the spinach. Once the spinach is wilted and the dish is heated through, remove from heat. Serve with flatbread or rice, if desired.