Lentil Curry

Cooking the curry powder for a minute before adding the sweet potatoes helps to deepen its flavor. For a spicier dish, use Madras curry powder instead of regular.

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  • Servings: 4
Lentil Curry

Source: Everyday Food, March 2004


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 head cauliflower (2 1/2 pounds), stemmed and separated into florets
  • 1 cup brown lentils, picked over, well rinsed, and drained
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes with juice
  • Coarse salt
  • Plain low-fat yogurt, for serving (optional)


  1. In a nonstick Dutch oven (5-quart pot with a tight-fitting lid), heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 7 minutes.

  2. Add curry powder; cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Stir in sweet potatoes, cauliflower, lentils, tomatoes and their juice, and 1 1/2 cups water; season with salt.

  3. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer; cover, and cook until lentils and sweet potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately with yogurt, if desired.


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