Azifa Recipe

This delicious cold lentil dish goes along very well with any Ethiopian meal. Learn how to make Azifa by using this simple recipe from Ethiopian Food Guide. Here you will learn about all the ingredients you will need to make this traditional Ethiopian dish with all the necessary directions.


  • 1 cup green lentils
  • 1 large jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onions
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder, or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoons of turmeric powder, or to taste
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


Boil the lentils in Water until they’re soft, about 30 minutes. Then, drain them well using a strainer, rinse them with cold Water, and put them into a mixing bowl.

Using a large spatula, stir the lentils until they begin to become somewhat mashed. Chop the onions and jalapeños into very small pieces but do not liquefy them.

Mix the onions, jalapeño, ginger, turmeric, lime juice and olive oil into the lentils. Stir them together well. When it’s all mixed, taste the Azifa. If the flavor or any one ingredient doesn’t peek through, add a bit more of that ingredient. You should be able to taste the flavors of the various elements, all blended harmoniously. You might also add a little bit of each ingredient, then more of it until you have a nice balance of distinct flavors. Put it in the refrigerator to chill for dinner.

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