Curried Red Lentil Sweet Potato Soup

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is a tasty, healthy, and kid-friendly soup that is easy to make. It was inspired by "Vegetarian Pleasures" by Jeanne Lemlin. See bottom of the directions for ways to improve on the kid-friendliness of this recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Rinse the lentils in a strainer under cold running water (preferably filtered). Pick them over and discard any small stones. Put the water and salt in a medium-sized sauce pan. Bring to boil. Add the rinsed lentils, reduce heat and cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes stirring occasionally. Scoop off any excess foam on the top and discard.
  2. Peel (optional) the sweet potatoes and dice into 1/2 inch pieces. Add to lentils and continue cooking.
  3. Dice the onions and and garlic. In a small skillet, heat the olive oil, onions, garlic and spices over low heat. Cook and stir for 5 minutes or until the onions have become soft and translucent.
  4. Add spice mix to the soup and continue to cook and occasionally stir until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Add more water if soup is too thick.
  5. Tip for kid-friendly. Reduce or don't add the garlic, onions and/or cayenne if you have a spice-sensitive kid. And if your kid is picky on texture, you can put the soup in a blender (make sure you hold the top down firmly so you don't have a hot-soup explosion) and a few ice-cubes and serve 'smooth-style'.
Most Helpful

I swapped the measurements on the tumeric and cumin and added some chopped parsley and mild curry powder. I needed to add water (about another cup and half) near the end of the cooking process, it was still pleasantly think - almost like stew.

Mgnbos March 11, 2012

Tasted very good but needed to add some Curry dried seasoning to add some more flavor. Needed to add some water to the recipe at the end.

Tchart February 19, 2011

I didn't peel the LARGE sweet potato that I used , & although I didn't include the 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne, I did throw in a pinch or two, all of which resulted in AN UNUSUALLY NICE-TASTING SOUP which the 2 of us devoured in no time at all! This recipe will certainly be kept for future enjoyment ~ Thanks for sharing it! [Tagged, made & reviewed for one of my adoptees in the current Pick A Chef]

Sydney Mike September 12, 2009