Indian-Style Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Curry

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Indian-Style Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Curry

This lovely curry is sweet and spicy, nourishing and delicious … but most importantly, oh so simple and quick. A curry in a hurry for families on the go, and a delightful meal whether served up on a bed of hot white rice or scooped up from the plate in fresh flat breads.

Indian-Style Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Curry
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Cuisine: Indian
Published on March 9, 2009

A fast and simple colorful red lentil and sweet potato curry — fragrant, sweet and spicy, nourishing and delicious

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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, minced or grated
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 large potato, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups red lentils, rinsed
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. When hot, add the olive oil, wait a few moments, then swirl around to coat the pan. Add the onion and fry until the onion begins to turn brown around the edges, about 5 minutes. Toss in the ginger, sweet potato, potato, curry powder, and cayenne if using, and stir for a minute to coat the vegetables with the spices.

  • Turn down the heat to medium-low and stir in the lentils and vegetable stock. Cover and simmer until the lentils are cooked and the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and season with salt and fresh ground black pepper.

  • Serve with hot rice or fresh Indian flat breads.

Makes 4 to 6 servings


Anonymous said...

Simple and quick sounds great--and of course I love anything with sweet potatoes!

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

That sounds really good Lisa! Another great meal :)

A_and_N said...

That sounds quick and tasty! You could replace the curry powder with garam masala to give it a more North Indian flavor :)

Anonymous said...

Wow. This is another additional recipe for my potato recipes collection. I really love potatoes and thank you so much for sharing this to us.

Chitra said...

quickn easy,luv the recipe:)

Gattina Cheung said...

I made lentils last sunday :) but love to try this new combo, sound too good, can't miss!

Anonymous said...

Sweet & simple Lisa.. U can modify these kinda recipes only with tiny tweaks .. Love it!

test it comm said...

Nice looking curry. I enjoy using sweet potatoes in curries as well. The sweetness that adds is nice.

Kirsten in Edinburgh said...

I made this for my family last night, and my normally very fussy 3 year-old cleared her plate! I could've eaten the whole pan myself, it is totally scrumptious. This curry will definitely become a regular on our table. Thank you! (BTW, I added a clove of garlic for extra yum!)

Plant-based Cooking said...

This was delicious!! Going to add it to my family favourites file.