Monday, June 2, 2014

Sweet Potato Red Lentil Stew

Recently I found myself standing in my kitchen staring at a large bowl filled with sweet potatoes. I was perplexed how this copious amount of sweet potatoes ended up in my kitchen.

I knew I had to use these orange beauties soon, but I was not certain as to how. I did not feel like making soup. This was surprising because I make soups often. Mostly it is due to utilizing leftover ingredients. I also wanted to make something substantial. Stew was the next best thing.

Sweet Potato Red Lentil Stew
Sweet Potato Red Lentil Stew

1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
1 medium onion, finely diced
3 large carrots, roughly diced (I buy organic carrots and do not peel them. To peel or not peel?)
4 garlic cloves, minced
6 small sweet potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped (regular potatoes may be substituted)
1 and 3/4 cups red lentils
Freshly ground black pepper (about 1/4 teaspoon)
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground coriander (Substitute with cumin if coriander is unavailable. Coriander is more lemony in flavor, but cumin will work well here too.)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric (This anti-inflamotory spice is a permanent resident in my pantry.)
1 tablespoon curry powder
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon dried cilantro or parsley (If using fresh herbs, add them as a garnish at the end.)
4 and 1/2 cups water or vegetable broth
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar (add last)

*Note: Be sure to dice the carrots and potatoes roughly the same size so that both cook evenly. 
I sprinkled mine with additional dried cilantro. Fresh herbs would be better, but I am happy with either. For some reason fresh cilantro is not my favorite, and yet I can eat tons of it in this form. 
In a large soup pot, sauté the onion and carrots in oil, for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and continue sautéing for another minute. Add all the spices including bay leaves, potatoes, lentils and water. Stir and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower the heat to medium-low and cook for about 15-20 minutes until the potatoes are soft, but not mushy and the lentils are creamy.

Turn off the heat and add the apple cider vinegar. If you have a lemon frolicking around in your kitchen, you can substitute apple cider vinegar with fresh lemon juice (use about half a lemon). Acid is needed to balance the sweetness of this dish.

Taste for additional seasoning and serve with rice, in a wrap or even pita. The possibilities are endless.

Store in the refrigerator for up to one week in a tightly closed container.

Later peeps!
I ate this stew with black rice cooked in vegetable broth. Very simple, yet kind of fancy pants, don't you think?


  1. This looks so yummy!! Would green lentils work well, too?

  2. Thank you Tracy. Green lentils will work, however the texture of this stew will be less creamy. I am sure it will taste great either way ;)