Lentil & sweet potato curry with yogurt & naan breads

Lentil & sweet potato curry

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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


  • 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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19th Jan, 2016
Such a tasty recipe and really simple to make. Cooking time did take a bit longer. As a student I missed out the mustard seeds and also the natural yoghurt. I substituted the fresh coriander for a little dried. I had it with a small amount of rice instead of naan bread, but I thought this recipe served way more than 2. I think I have about 4 or 5 portions, my sweet potato was huge though.
23rd Nov, 2015
This was so easy to make and tasted delicious. I used mild curry powder and left out the seeds (personal taste). I can't stand Coriander so substituted chopped spinach. I also cooked it a bit longer than stated, and added half a packet of Puy lentils at the end of the cooking time. The end result was pretty awesome (so my guest said). Will definitely make this again.....
10th Nov, 2015
An easy, quick, economical and tasty recipe.
2nd Nov, 2015
I found this recipe two weeks ago and have cooked it 3-4 times. My partner and I just love it. Very easy to make and if you are on a budget, it's also very cheap. Love it!!
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1st Nov, 2015
Absolutely delicious recipe! I didn't have any chickpeas so just used sweet potato and green lentils (I might put in a red or green pepper next time). It did take longer than 20 minutes to cook, more like 30-40. I had this with some crusty bread to mop up the juices, yummy!!! 100% definitely making this again!
6th Oct, 2015
Quick, easy and tastes amazing!
4th Oct, 2015
Made this as a student, the ingredient list looks long but I didn't include either of the seeds, substituted canned tomatoes for passata and used madras curry powder, and it tasted great! After chopping the potatoes I put them in the microwave for 2 1/2 minutes before cooking on the hob, speeds it up so the meal is ready after around 20 minutes of simmering in the pan. Tasty and cheap so would definitely recommend!
2nd Oct, 2015
So easy & delicious, ,my 3 year old & 1 year old both love this so I make it regularly. I cook it for longer than stated as the sweet potato needs a bit more time
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23rd Sep, 2015
Love this curry! Simple to make and plenty of flavour. This makes a fair amount so I tend to take the rest for lunch. Don't think you need as many lentils as it suggests, and just one large sweet potato is more than enough.
22nd Sep, 2015
Easy, quick to make supper and it taste really good. I will be making this again soon, that's for sure. Yum!


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