Red lentil & sweet potato pâté

Red lentil & sweet potato pâté

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(25 ratings)

Cook: 30 mins Prep 10 mins plus chilling


Serves 4

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Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

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

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  • 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 (choose a vegan brand, if desired)
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar (choose a vegan brand, if desired)
  • 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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21st Mar, 2018
I was sceptical about how good this would be as the ingredients didn't look overly special but I gave it a go based on the reviews. I'm so glad I did. It tastes amazing and I could happily eat it on its own with a spoon! I reduced the stock by 50ml and then mashed the mixture with a potato masher. It made a beautiful paste like texture.
19th Feb, 2018
I've made this twice now- it makes a great lunch with crackers and veg sticks. Cheap and very easy to make. Reading the comments, I reduced the stock by 25ml, and the end result was a thick paste. I gave it a quick whizz with my stick blender and spooned into individual small cliplock boxes for lunches the following day. We are not vegetarian, and the second time it was made using chicken stock- just as nice.
27th Jan, 2018
Very tasty, but not a thick enough consistency for me. Perhaps it will firm up a bit in the fridge. Will either use less stock next time or more lentils.
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3rd Jul, 2017
Lovely spread, great on Ryvita or as a sandwich filler. Bear in mind that the recipe makes a lot (guessing at 500g). I'll be halving the recipe next time.
29th Nov, 2016
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 :)
29th Nov, 2016
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.
9th Sep, 2014
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!
17th Apr, 2014
This is delicious, caught carnivore husband eating it with a spoon :-D
25th Jan, 2014
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?
4th Nov, 2013
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.


28th Sep, 2014
I know the recipe doesn't have a freeze symbol but has anyone tried to freeze it successfully?
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