Lentils With Sweet Potatoes

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins

Delicious, hearty, and extremely healthy. The only drawback is that there's a fair amount of chopping -- I have very little time to make dinner during the week, so I usually do the chopping for this over the weekend, and then just start throwing things in the pot after work. This is a variation on a recipe from Mark Bittman's _How to Cook Everything Vegetarian_, but that recipe calls for regular potatoes and no onions. I really enjoy the flavor of sweet potatoes, and I think onions make everything better, so I do it this way. We often eat it over brown rice, but it's also good just by itself.


  1. Put the water/stock, lentils, and curry powder into a big pot over high heat. Cover. When it starts boiling, reduce the heat and bring down to a simmer. Keep it covered and simmering for approximately 10 minutes.
  2. Add the sweet potatoes, onions, and salt. Raise the heat until it returns to a boil, then reduce so that it's simmering again. Keep covered.
  3. Cook until the potatoes are soft, the lentils are tender, and most of the water/stock is absorbed, about 15 more minutes. If there's too much water, remove the cover so that some of the water can boil off. If there's not enough water, add more.
  4. Add freshly ground pepper to taste.
  5. Enjoy!
Most Helpful

An easy and tasty recipe. I threw everything in the crockpot and reduced the water/veg broth to 2 cups. I used red lentils and did not add salt and pepper. Homemade, good quality curry is key. I served this over rice which was great, next time it will be with some naan. Thanks for posting.

zaar junkie November 01, 2010

Great healthy food. I used chicken stock, and yellow lentils. Screams out to be wrapped in rotis, especially the leftovers cold for lunch the next day. This is tasty, hearty, cheap, filling, nutritious and easy. I didn't find the chopping difficult at all. Just get the lentils simmering while you chop the sweet potatoes so they don't go brownish waiting to go into the pot. As my family aren't big on actual PIECES of onion I sliced an onion in half and just removed it at the end. Thanks Becky #7 I'll use this again.

RubberDucky AU January 17, 2010

I made this for my husband and he enjoyed it. The last time I made it with ground beef and it was even better than the first. The first time I felt like something was missing and this last time is when I found the missing ingredient! It was a huge hit the second time with both my husband and my daughter!

SabrinaRice March 09, 2011