Red lentil & sweet potato pâté

Red lentil & sweet potato pâté

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(21 ratings)

Cook: 30 mins Prep 10 mins plus chilling


Serves 4
Rosie Clewlow's vegetarian dip is a healthy alternative to houmous and great with crudités in a lunchbox

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal200
  • fat5g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs28g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre3g
  • protein9g
  • salt0.4g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • ½ onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika, plus a little extra
  • 1 small sweet potato, peeled and diced
    Sweet potatoes

    Sweet potato

    sweet po-tate-toe

    Sweet potatoes have a creamy texture and a sweet-spicy flavour that makes them ideal for savoury…

  • 140g red lentil
  • 3 thyme sprigs, leaves chopped, plus a little extra to decorate (optional)


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 500ml low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • pitta bread and vegetable sticks, to serve


  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.

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Comments (25)

regalsnipe's picture

Loved this recipe. Easy and cheap to make. Had it one oatcakes with some cucumber, but could quite easily sit and eat it straight out of the bowl :)

kittynel's picture

Very easy, quick and amazingly tasty dish. I used a 'minipimer' to smooth it out completely; made it more like a purée. I preferred it more as texture.

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

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

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

jes_668's picture

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

pong-xiaojie's picture

Very tasty and healthy. Tastes great heated as a side dish too!

lcurtis14's picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

Really good and made loads! Great to take to work for an easy lunch


Questions (1)

vicki_mh's picture

I know the recipe doesn't have a freeze symbol but has anyone tried to freeze it successfully?

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