Ethiopian Misr Wot

Ethiopian Misr Wot

 

Ethiopian Misr Wot

Ethiopian Misr Wot

SpiceBreeze
Misr wot is an Ethiopian lentil stew seasoned with the indispensable berbere spice blend. Authentic berbere is very hot. We created a mild version with the same rich flavor. Optionally, add chilies for some heat. An important step for Ethiopian stews is slow cooking finely chopped onions. Don't cut this step short.
hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Ethiopian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Protein

  • 1 cup red lentils * rinsed well

Fresh Produce

  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 4-6 cloves garlic grated or pressed

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • 2 cups broth vegetable or any other
  • vegetable oil **
  • salt & pepper

Berbere Culinary Spice Kit

  • Paprika, mild chilies, coriander, ginger, basil, ajwain, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, fenugreek

Optional

  • 1-3 chilies quartered

Suggested Sides

  • rice cooked or steamed
  • flat bread Ethiopian injera *** recommended
  • tomato cucumber salad with a light dressing

Instructions
 

  • In a small POT, add onions and 1/2 tsp salt.
  • Cover and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add 3 tbsp oil, stir well.
  • Cover and cook over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes until the onions begin to brown, stirring occasionally. Be careful not to burn the onions.
  • Add garlic to taste and berbere spices. Mix well.
  • Add broth, cover, bring to a broil, and cook for 10 minutes over medium heat, stirring frequently.

Add Lentils

  • Add lentils, 1/2 cup of water, and salt to taste. Mix well.
  • Cover and cook over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. If necessary, add a bit of water. When done, the lentils should be soft but not mushy.

Serve

  • Serve with your preferred side.
  • Optionally, garnish with chilies to taste.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

* Most red lentils in common grocery stores are split lentils. As a substitute use yellow split lentils.
** Ethiopian seasoned oil recommended.
*** From an Ethiopian store, if available, or try our shortcut recipe.
Ethiopian Injera

Ethiopian Injera - Shortcut Version

Injera is best made with teff flour. This gluten-free grain is increasingly available in grocery stores with a wide product selection. Of course, Amazon has it too.

Authentic Ethiopian injera requires a long preparation time and many steps spread over several days. The baking requires a special pan dedicated only for injera and years of experience. Our shortcut recipe skips the long preparation and can be made on a regular pan. Though the spongy texture can't be reached, the use of teff flour creates an authentic flavor and is fun to eat.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup teff flour
  • salt
  • baking soda
  • 2 tbsp yogurt, plain

Instructions

Batter

In a BOWL, mix teff with a dash of salt and baking soda.

Add 3/4 cup of water and the yogurt.

Bake

Heat a dry PAN over medium heat.

Add 1/4 cup of the batter in the center of the PAN.

Tilt the PAN with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly.

Cover and cook until the batter is dried, about 2 to 5 minutes. Don't turn it.

 
Persian Koofteh Tabrizi

Persian Koofteh Tabrizi

Persian Koofteh Tabrizi

Persian Koofteh Tabrizi

Giant meatballs filled with nuts and dried fruits

Koofteh Tabrizi Culinary Spice Blend:

Turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, coriander, rose petals, black pepper, cumin, mint

Indispensable Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground meat (beef, lamb, or any other)
  • 1 egg, 1-2 onions, tomato paste or puree or fresh tomatoes
  • parsley and/or other herbs (optional)
Suggested Sides
  • flatbread, cooked rice, couscous, or boiled potatoes
  • (lettuce) salad, radish, herbs, sautéed spinach,
    or any other steamed or cooked vegetables that you prefer
Optional Recommended Ingredients

Special meatball ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup yellow split peas 
  • 1 cup cooked rice (you can skip those for a more standard meatball version)

Optional filling or topping: 

  • 4 tbsp chopped nuts (walnuts)
  • 1/3 cup dried fruits (cranberries)
  • 1 egg (optional filling, if you like it)

Select Your Recipe - All Versions or just the Easiest 'The Breeze Way'

FAQ

  • Our Persian advieh spice blend includes turmeric, cardamom, roses, and mint.
  • Nuts and dried fruits as filling or topping.
  • Split peas and rice are mixed with the meat.
  • The authentic meatballs are gigantic to allow for a filling. Their preparation takes a bit longer. We recommend this version for home chefs looking for a challenge.

Here are some suggestions to save preparation time:

  • Make the recipe when you have leftover rice.
  • Cook the rice and the lentils up to 3 days beforehand. Tip: Let it cook while you prepare a different dinner.
There are plenty of ways to make the recipe easier while keeping the incredible flavor. In the order easy to easiest:
  • Skip the filling, and make standard size meatballs.
  • The Breeze Way:
    Skip the split peas and rice.
    Just reduce the herbs to 1 tbsp chopped herbs and add 2 tbsp breadcrumbs or almond meal.
  • Make your standard meatball-tomato sauce recipe and season it to taste with the Persian spice blend.

If for any reason, your meatballs don’t hold the form or fall apart during cooking in the pot, you won’t loose any of the flavor. Just crumble them up to mix with the sauce and cook them shorter, about 15 minutes.

For any other questions, please send us an email [click on icon on the top left] or contact our support team [click on icon on the bottom right].

Boeuff Stroganoff

Russian Boeuf Stroganoff

 

Boeuff Stroganoff

Russian Boeuf Stroganoff

SpiceBreeze
This recipe is a new twist on Bœuf Stroganoff with a juniper-cacao based spice blend. It is best paired with wide noodles, mushrooms, and beef. Optional, substitute one or all. Or add the sauce to a mushroom casserole with green beans or potatoes. Pink pepperberries are best when added at the end of cooking or sprinkled on the finished meal. Their flavor pairs perfectly with juniper.
 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine French, Russian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Protein

  • 1 lb beef sirloin (see notes for substitutes) cut in ½ stripes

Fresh Produce

  • 8 oz mushrooms see notes for substitutes
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic shopped
  • 1 orange for juice

Dairy

  • 8 oz sour cream or heavy cream

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • 1/8 cup red wine
  • 8 oz wide noodles of your choice cooked
  • flour
  • vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper

Optional for Garnish

  • parsley or chives chopped

Boeuf Stroganoff Culinary Spice Kit

  • Pouch [1] juniper, roasted cacao, black pepper, allspice, cinnamon, cloves
  • Pouch [2] pink pepperberries

Suggested Sides

  • noodles wide noodles recommended
  • rice any type
  • fresh side salad

Instructions
 

Prepare Beef

  • On a PLATE, season beef with salt & pepper to taste.
  • Add flour. Toss and turn the beef until it is covered on all sides with a thin layer of flour. Shake off loose flour.

Cook

  • In a large PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil until sizzling.
  • Fry the beef for about 2-3 minutes, until it’s slightly brown but not fully cooked.
  • Transfer the beef to a PLATE. Cover.
  • In the same PAN, heat 1 tbsp oil.
  • Fry onions over medium heat until translucent.
  • Add garlic, mushrooms, and Stroganoff [1] spices.
  • Cook over medium heat until the mushrooms are almost cooked.
  • Add wine and cook until it’s evaporated.
  • Add orange juice and cream.
  • Bring to a boil and cook for 1-2 minutes. Turn off!
  • Return beef and stir to quickly reheat.

Serve

  • Serve sauce over noodles.
  • Sprinkle with Stroganoff [2] spices to taste and fresh herbs (optional).
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Variations
  • Substitute beef with veal, pork, chicken, or turkey.
  • Substitute beef or mushrooms with green beans or green asparagus. Add them with onions and fry until they are tender.
Persian Ghormeh Sabzi

Persian Ghormeh Sabzi

 

Persian Ghormeh Sabzi

Ghormeh Sabzi

SpiceBreeze
Ghormeh sabzi is a very popular Persian stew made with herbs, beans, and often lamb. The spice kit includes two ingredients that create the extraordinary flavor of this aromatic dish: Persian dried limes aka Omani limes and fenugreek leaves also called methi. Crush some leaves in your hand and note the scent of caramel. 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Persian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 1 can red kidney beans 15 oz, rinsed
  • 1 lb leek sliced
  • 1 bunch parsley finely chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper

Ghormeh Sabzi Culinary Spice Kit

  • Pouch [1] Methi (fenugreek leaves)
  • Pouch [2] Omani limes, turmeric

Optional

  • 1/2 lb lamb filet cut into 1/4 inch strips

Recommended Side

  • 4 cups cooked Basmati rice

Instructions
 

  • In a medium POT, heat 2 tbsp oil.
  • Fry onion and garlic over low-medium heat until the onions turn translucent.
  • Careful of splatters, add the leek and fry until it’s soft. Stir frequently.
  • Add herbs and Ghormeh Sabzi [1] spices. Mix well.
  • Continue to fry until the mixture has lost most of its moisture and starts to turn brown.
  • Stir frequently. Pay attention not to burn the herbs.
  • Add beans, 1 cup of water, Ghormeh Sabzi [2] spices, and salt & pepper to taste. Mix well.
  • Cover. Cook 20 minutes over medium-low heat.
  • Stir occasionally. Add more water if necessary.

Optional

  • Season lamb with salt & pepper to taste.
  • In a PAN, heat oil and fry lamb quickly over high heat to your desired doneness.
  • Add lamb to the finished stew.

Serve

  • Serve ghormeh sabzi with rice.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Variations
▪ Substitute leek with spinach leaves. Skip step 3. Add spinach together with herbs in the next step.
▪ Substitute cilantro with another bunch of parsley, or a bunch of chives or dill. If you want something extra special, we recommend Persian chives.
▪ Substitute kidney beans with black beans or cranberry beans.
▪ Substitute lamb with pork, beef, or chicken.