This Lentil and Sweet Potato Curry is an easy, nutritious dish. Serve it with hot basmati rice and plain yogurt or sour cream.
1 onion (8 oz.), peeled and chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon salad oil
2 cups dried lentils (about 13 oz.)
2 pounds sweet potatoes or yams, peeled and diced (1/4 in.)
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
About 1 teaspoon salt
About 1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 quarts vegetable broth or fat-skimmed chicken broth
Chopped fresh mint leaves
How to Make It
In a 5- to 6-quart pan over medium heat, stir onion and garlic in oil often until onion is limp, about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, sort lentils and discard debris, then rinse and drain lentils. Add lentils, sweet potatoes, curry powder, cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and broth to onion mixture. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat, cover, and simmer until lentils are tender to bite and sweet potatoes are tender when pierced, 25 to 30 minutes. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with chopped mint.
I followed the advice in some of the comments, adding the following: peas, greens (dandelion, but any will do), cinnamon, coconut milk, cayenne pepper. I actually cooked mint leaves in the curry and served it all over savory yellow rice. Wow! It was aromatic and knock your socks offf good! I think the naan (puffed tortilla) idea suggested by another reader would be a winner. The liquid could be cut back to make the curry thicker if one were going to use naan. I also cut the ingredients back. As I made it, I could serve 4-6 persons.
This was so tasty served with a whole wheat tortilla which we puffed and crisped in an iron skillet to resemble Naan. We cut the recipe in half and there was still enough for 4 and 1 serving of leftovers. We added chicken (separately sauteed sliced chicken thighs added at the end). Used Better Than Bouillion chicken broth and 3 cloves garlic (more than called for when splitting the recipe.) We pressure cooked the whole thing (minus the chicken) on 1st ring for 10 minutes. DELICIOUS! I wonder if the reviewers who gave it a so-so, bland rating have stale spices because this wowed the whole family. I'm not even a huge fan of Indian food, but I'd make this regularly!
I made this recipe following the directions with a few exceptions and it was just so so... I added peas near the end to add a little vegetables to the mix and used all chicken broth instead of water. I think next time I will add coconut milk or something... It's just not a great recipe as is (although I love lentils and sweet potatoes!).
I liked this recipe. I took the suggestion of some of the reviewers and added "something extra" in the way of a cup of light coconut milk and some cayenne (I cut the recipe in half, also). That added a layer of subtle sweetness and some kick, which worked well.
My lentils weren't cooking so the potatoes were softer than I would have preferred, but the starch helped thicken the whole thing up, which I definitely liked.
I would make this again and add green beans for some color and additional vegetables.
I thought that this was delicious! I cut the recipe in half and substituted water for the broth, with a splash of sherry to make up some of the flavor. Served it with steamed brown rice and baked fish.
I love this recipe and make it all the time. I even make it for my (very meat loving) family at Thanksgiving to show that vegetarian dishes can be delicious too.
Some things I often add to make it even more delicious: a good dash of cinnamon and a couple healthy pinches of brown sugar, OR a bunch of cayenne pepper or Sri Racha hot sauce to give it a kick.
An absolutely wonderful dish that the entire family gobbled up. I made just a couple of changes based on the ingredients I had on hand -- used HALF sweet potatoes and HALF red bliss potatoes. And I used a different broth -- Safeway is now selling a Thai Coconut Curry broth. The gently flavorful broth really added a nice flair. My husband and two children CLAIM that they hate sweet potatoes. Not a single bite of food was left un-savored at the end of this meal!