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sweet potato red lentil curry with coconut milk in a bowl
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Simple sweet potato curry with red lentils

This delicious and hearty sweet potato red lentil curry is vegan, healthy, low in calories, and budget-friendly.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: main dish, Soup
Cuisine: American, anti-inflammatory, French, plant-based, Vegan
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan
Keyword: curry recipe, lentil curry, Soup recipe, sweet potato curry, sweet potato recipes, sweet potato soup
Servings: 5 people
Author: Githu
Cost: 6€


  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 tablespoon cold pressed olive oil
  • 1 root fresh turmeric
  • 1 small piece of fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 11/2 cup sweet potato (diced)
  • 11/2 cup zucchini cut in cubes
  • 1 teaspoon Indian spice
  • dust of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup red lentils ( soaked & drained)
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • a small piece of red pepper (optional)
  • a handful of fresh cilantro or fresh herb of your choice
  • 1 lemon (optional)


  • Clean and dice your veggies
  • In a dry large saucepan heat cumin seed for 1 min
  • Add onions and stir well then add oil and stir again then cover to cook for 4 mins. Stir now and then
  • Meanwhile, grate turmeric, ginger & garlic.
  • Bring the garlic turmeric ginger mix in the pan and stir vigorously
  • Add diced sweet potatoes, zucchini, salt, and spices, stir again. Cover and let cook for about 6 minutes
  • Bring the drained lentils then add broth and mix everything well. Cover to simmer for 7 mins at medium-high heat
  • Now add coconut milk and cook for 2 mins.
  • Cut off the heat, add diced red pepper and herbs
  • Before serving squeeze a fresh lemon on the curry then serve
  • Enjoy your curry and please share this recipe. Thank you for being here.


  • Prefer soaking lentils for about an hour to shorten the cooking time
  • You can use heavy coconut cream, but I wanted this curry to remain light
  • According to your heat source, the cooking time may vary. 
  • You can opt to mix this curry to have a smooth curry soup. But's so good and flavorful to chew the veggies.
  • Store the remaining curry in the fridge for up to 5 days.