Red lentil & sweet potato pâté

Red lentil & sweet potato pâté

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Cooking time

Cook: 30 mins Prep 10 mins plus chilling

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Rosie Clewlow's vegetarian dip is a healthy alternative to houmous and great with crudités in a lunchbox

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
200
protein
9g
carbs
28g
fat
5g
saturates
1g
fibre
3g
sugar
5g
salt
0.4g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika, plus a little extra
  • 1 small sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 140g red lentils
  • 3 thyme sprigs, leaves chopped, plus a little extra to decorate (optional)
  • 500ml low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • pitta bread and vegetable sticks, to serve

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Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion and cook slowly until soft and golden. Tip in the paprika and cook for a further 2 mins, then add the sweet potato, lentils, thyme and stock. Bring to a simmer, then cook for 20 mins or until the potato and lentils are tender.
  2. Add the vinegar and some seasoning, and roughly mash the mixture until you get a texture you like. Chill for 1 hr, then drizzle with olive oil, dust with the extra paprika and sprinkle with thyme sprigs, if you like. Serve with pitta bread and vegetable sticks.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2012

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Jennyahurst's picture

Seems like a lot of excess fluid - I kept on heat until lentils mushy then took off. It did seem to thicken to a reasonable consistency once cold. Very yummy!

lesleypears's picture

This is delicious, caught carnivore husband eating it with a spoon :-D

sophie_h_88's picture

I'm not sure why, but i made it yesterday and left it to settle in the fridge so I can have it today as part of my diet. However it tastes very strong and like terps?
Where have I gone wrong?
I'm thinking maybe some garlic would help?

veggie84's picture

A delicious alternative to humous which, let's be honest, can get a bit boring. I substitute sweet potato for butternut squash and often throw in cayenne pepper, chilli and other spices. Although the original recipe is just fab.

eilibake's picture
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Delicious! We pushed the boat out and had it spread thickly on Hugh fearnley-whittingstall's wholemeal savoury drop scones! Thought the flavour was great and a squeeze of lemon really added to it. A spot of chilli might add some interest too. Will definitely make again.

jes_668's picture
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Tasted nice but found it wasn't thick enough for me. Will try it with less stock next time

jes_668's picture
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Tasted nice but found it wasn't thick enough for me. Will try it with less stock next time

pong-xiaojie's picture
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Very tasty and healthy. Tastes great heated as a side dish too!

lcurtis14's picture
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I really enjoyed this recipe! It is very tasty and satisfying with pitta or carrots for lunch. I had some left over, so re-heated it and mixed it in with a mild chicken curry - it added lovely textures and flavours.

pikolet's picture

I love this dip. I make it for company all the time and get many compliments.

sara2b3's picture
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I made this to take to work for lunch with some veg sticks and olives. It was very easy to make and very tasty! Didn't have smoked paprika so used cayenne and paprika as suggested by another comment here and it gave it a bit of a kick. My son has asked for it in his lunch box tomorrow...result!

fairystoryteller's picture
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I was looking for a healthy lunch box idea - and this is it! Really recommend as it is very tasty. Intend to pack up cucumber slices and cracker breads to go with it. Even veggie-phobic husband has given it the thumbs up. Smashing recipe.

judescott's picture
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So easy to make and really tasty for a lunch box! I add a bit more vinegar to give it more of a tang!

jobyhall's picture
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Really tasty and easy. I added garlic and 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper.

dorian's picture

Please tell me where I can buy "smoked paprika" I have never heard about it before. Thanks !

becky123's picture
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Really tasty pate / dip. Didn't have any smoked paprika so used 3/4 tsp of sweet paprika and 1/4 cayenne, and I used green lentils. Worked out fine

boozle80's picture
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Really good and made loads! Great to take to work for an easy lunch

joannaclare's picture
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Easy to make a tasted lovely. I blended it so it was smoother as I prefer it this way but was a really nice dip.

nicholamarie's picture
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I had just got back from shopping and realized I had forgotten something to put on my Rivita. I spotted this recipe and had enough spare ingredients to make it. It's a lovely addition to my crisp breads for a very healthy and tasty snack. My mam and I who are both on diets will be using this one again!!

louisepanks's picture

Really tasty used yellow split peas second time more texture and took extra 5 mins to cook but worth a ho

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