Lentil & sweet potato curry with yogurt & naan breads

Lentil & sweet potato curry

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(176 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 2

A storecupboard spice pot with red and green lentils, chickpeas and coriander. Serve with yogurt and naan bread

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal613
  • fat18g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs91g
  • sugars21g
  • fibre16g
  • protein27g
  • salt1.8g
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  • 2 tbsp vegetable or olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

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

  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds (any colour)
  • 1 tbsp medium curry powder
  • 100g red or green lentil, or a mixture



    The lentil plant (Lens Culinaris) originates from Asia and North Africa and is one of our oldest…

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
    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…

  • 500ml vegetable stock
  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 400g can chickpea, drained
  • ¼ small pack coriander (optional)
  • natural yogurt and naan bread, to serve


  1. Heat 2 tbsp vegetable or olive oil in a large pan, add 1 chopped red onion and cook for a few mins until softened.

  2. Add 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp mustard seeds and 1 tbsp medium curry powder and cook for 1 min more, then stir in 100g red or green lentils (or a mixture), 2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into chunks, 500ml vegetable stock and a 400g can chopped tomatoes.

  3. Bring to the boil, then cover and simmer for 20 mins until the lentils and sweet potatoes are tender. Add a drained 400g can chickpeas, then heat through.

  4. Season, sprinkle with ¼ small pack coriander, if you like, and serve with seasoned yogurt and naan bread.

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Verity Gray's picture
Verity Gray
15th Jul, 2019
So quick and easy to make. Full of flavour, very tasty and packed full of vitamins. Thank you so much BBC Good Food for this delightful recipe!
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Ben Edmunds
28th Mar, 2019
First veggie dish I’ve ever cooked and it was great! Following other people’s comments, I added an extra 200ml veg stock, tomato purée and left uncovered during cooking. Well pleased with it.
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Alison Di Meglio
19th Feb, 2019
This was delicious, as advised I doubled the spices. I used dry lentils and doubled the stock and added tomato puree. The quantity made enough for four people. I am now going to double up for a dinner party of 8 :-)
22nd Jan, 2019
Excellent curry. Made it a couple of times now. First time I followed the instructions exactly and it was more like a soup than a curry. Second time I didn’t cover when it said to simmer and I also added tomato puree at the same time as the chopped tomatoes. Came out lovely. Definitely recommend.
22nd Jan, 2019
I also doubled up on the spices for this, subbed passata for canned tomatoes, and I added a couple of cloves of garlic with the onion, which I minced to accommodate a fussy hubby! I stuck the whole lot, including the chickpeas, in a slow cooker for 6-8 hours and it was perfect.
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Jennifer Durant
12th Jan, 2019
Beautiful curry, quick and easy to make very filling too!
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12th Dec, 2018
Looking for a recipe to use up a large sweet potato, I came across this and am not disappointed. The only item I had to buy in was a red onion. I have to be mindful when I cook as I have high cholesterol so creamy sauces are out and one tablespoonful of oil is enough. It inspired me to make my own naan and I served it with a tomato and cucumber raita, also on this website. Yummy!
10th Oct, 2018
Delicious! The best veggie curry I’ve ever made. I did adapt it a little after reading other comments. I doubled up everything (but quadrupled the spices) (though I only used one tin of chick peas which felt like the right amount). I added a large courgette and some chard too (stalks just after the onion, and leaves shredded and added for the last 5 minutes). I also added 2 crushed cloves of garlic and a good squirt of tomato purée. I cooked it for about 40 minutes in total. I used half red/half puy lentils - made a nice texture. A success which even my meat-loving husband enjoyed. I ended up with 8 portions in total.
10th Oct, 2018
This was an easy, tasty weekday meal for Veggie Night. I know others said to double the spices but I cook for two children who freak out if a curry is even a fraction beyond 'mild'; they did, however, eat this without complaining. I fried all the dry ingredients in step 2, then transferred it all to my slow cooker before adding the tomatoes and just 400ml stock. Left it on low for about 3hrs, then added the chickpeas for a final hour. The consistency was about right with the chickpeas giving a bit of texture, although I agree with others that it maybe didn't need a whole can of them. Will make again.
6th Oct, 2018
This was superb! My husband who normally likes a meal with meat in, thought it was delicious. I followed other people’s suggestions and doubled up on the spices. I also added chicken stock instead of veg stock for a bit of extra flavour and added a bag of spinach at the end and stirred it through and left it to wilt before serving. Tasted even better the next day and had enough to freeze a portion. Served it with basmati rice and half a naan each. This will be a regular recipe now! I would say the heat level was quite mild but it was flavourful enough not to need any and you could serve it to most people. I might add a pinch of chilli flakes to my serving or a little bit of chopped chilli to give it a bit more heat.


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Alison Di Meglio
17th Feb, 2019
Are the lentils 100g cooked or dry please?
goodfoodteam's picture
19th Feb, 2019
Thanks for your question. They are dried lentils.
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Rachel Hutchings
30th Nov, 2017
The mustard and cumin seeds. Do they need crushing first?
goodfoodteam's picture
8th Dec, 2017
Thanks for your question. No they don't need crushing first.
31st May, 2015
Is this recipes 613 calories with the naan bread and yoghurt added per serving? It seems a lot based on just the curry when adding up all the ingredients.
22nd Jan, 2019
Add a fair amount of tomato puree at the same time as the chopped tomatoes. Do not cover when it says to [simmer]. This will make the curry less like a soup and more like a curry. Also note that this serves more than 2.
21st Jan, 2017
To reiterate some comments, definitely double the stock. Also, this definitely serves more than 2! I tripled it as I wanted six portions, I got around 11 portions. Lucky you can just stick it in the freezer!
27th Jan, 2015
Seconding nikkilovesshoes. At least double the spices if you're going to do it. It was nice when I made it but if you like flavour, up the spice volume. I also used dry lentils and left them for a bit longer to cook which absorbed a LOT of liquid. Just a warning if you are using dry but I added 20 minutes cooking time for green and 10 for red and they were perfect. Also, this says serves 2 but I doubled everything and had enough to for about 10 servings!
17th Jul, 2014
this is amazing, and you dont miss meat at all.... changes i would make are, double the amount of spices,and add tomato paste, fresh tomatoes without the seeds and loads of fresh corriander. also, as there is so much liquid but the time you add everything, you can simmer without the lid to reduce it down. i found that it was still too watery.. so i added some cornflour to thicken it up at the end. (i wasnt eating any carbs with it, so i wanted it to be thickened to feel more substantial..) I made a nat yoghurt, corriander and lime accompaniment - truely delish dish!
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8th Jul, 2014
To thicken the curry always use tomato puree - you get a much thicker consistency to the stock, if you prefer it less soupy. I also just add a little more spice so that it still remains a sort of a balti. Most, if not all, great Indian cuisine contains tomato puree, yet you cannot taste it due the generous amount of garlic in them.
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