Misir Watt

One great thing about being a budding vegan is all the new recipes I have been able to try as of late. I'm one of those cooks who never makes much of the same thing more than once.  I think it gives more creative value to to process of cooking and eating. I do have a few family favorites, but I really do love trying new things.  Recently I went to Blue Nile Cafe at the Kansas City River Market, a really great Ethiopian restaurant.  They have a great selection of vegan items on the menu, all of which are really flavorful and spicy. It got me really interested in learning more about about this particular cuisine. I love discovering new spice combinations. I found a really great local blog called Almost Vegan written by a fellow Kansas Citian (yes there are actually vegans in the Midwest) who had recently taken classes at Blue Nile. She shared the recipe for Misir Watt (Ethiopian Lentils) along with really great instructions, and how to images. This turned out really great. You do have to have berbere, a special spice that I purchased directly from the restaurant, but maybe you could find it at a specialty shop in your area. I also picked up some injera which is Ethiopian bread that I had neither the time nor the inclination to replicate at this time :)  There are a few other Ethiopian recipes I plan on trying, and will of course share them with you soon!


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Danielle
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This looks delish! I'm having lentil burgers for lunch...love lentils!
Morgan--
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Looks realy delicious! And healthy! Are you in Kansas City?? I lived in Overland Park when I was young for a while...it was such a beautiful area!!!
Morgan--
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BTW, your blog is really nice, the pictures are awesome! I added you to my Little House of Veggies sidebar. :) happy cooking girl!
Vegan Piggy
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Lentil burgers sound great :) Are you putting the recipe up on your blog Danielle? I haven't made them yet, but would love to!

Thank you Morgan for your kind words :) Yes, I live in KC. I wish I lived in Brookside. That's my favorite part of the city. And of course it's always flattering when someone adds a link, especially when it's someone I respect. My recipes are all so simple. You keep cranking out really unique and awesome recipes. I'm always impressed!
Morgan--
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Thank you Tara! So sweet...I haven't been to Brookside (that I know of) I literally lived there from 1st grade-4th grade, so it has been a loooooooooog time, but I do remember how beautiful it was there, so green. Your recipes are great! Keep em' coming!
Kylea Rorabaugh
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So fun you're trying Ethiopian! I used to love Ethiopian food when we lived in Africa. However, one time while in boarding school, some of my friends and I ate at an Ethi restaurant while on break and I got so sick the next day that I have never wanted to eat the stuff again! Crazy!
Vegan Piggy
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Kylea, I have some dishes like that I have a problem with that I have gotten sick on myself. Ethiopian food is a love or hate thing I think whether you have gotten sick on it or not :) It's just so unusual to the western palate, so people don't know what to make of it. I do love the spices because they are so different.
Amber Shea @Almost Vegan
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I'm so glad you tried and liked this!! Isn't Blue Nile's berbere great? Try putting it in hummus, mmm! Thanks for linking back to my recipe too, I appreciate it :] Midwestern vegans, unite!

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