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.


Recipe Summary

20 mins
1 hr


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Reviews (9)

184 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 38
  • 4 star values: 72
  • 3 star values: 51
  • 2 star values: 19
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 2 stars
I don't like the sweet potatoes in this recipe. I LOVE sweet potatoes, but didn't find them a natural fit for the rest of this recipe, also a bit watery, I prefer them baked or roasted. I might try it again with something else in their place. It was easy and quick.
Rating: 5 stars
Very satisfying meal - didn't even miss the meat! I used spicy curry - wonderful flavor, and the end result was not spicy in the least, and I served this over brown rice. My husband loved it too!
Rating: Unrated
I am out of cauliflower, so I am going to use half a head of green cabbage instead and of course with me, I always use twice as much garlic (yes I know there is no garlic listed, and why isn't there?) My Indian friend always cooked with tons of garlic, tomatoes and chick peas and always white rice. I don't like whtite rice, but once in a blue mon okay. And I get the best Madras curry at Hung Thinh Supermarket on Normandy and Lane.
Rating: Unrated
I love curry and this one turned out pretty good. Excellent vegetarian dish. I ran out of mild curry powder after just a tbs or so, so I added a hot red curry paste. Also added a bit of garam masala powder, and I used red lentils. I didn't have plain yogurt, so I served this with a little creme fraish. Yum!
Rating: Unrated
I love it-vegetarian and healthy-and beautiful too-It is better than any curry I've tasted,Thai or Indian~ I have to say I just received my Body Soul by Martha for April and Living for May-Just Beautiful too and I cannot wait to try all of the Earth day and Egg and healthiest recipes I've ever seen in my whole life!
Rating: Unrated
We found this curry to be very bland, even though I used hot curry powder. I won't make this again!
Rating: Unrated
I made this and accidentally doubled the cauliflower, and the water. The portion was huge! But it was yummy, filling and healthy!
Rating: Unrated
I'd say you might use either. You need to be a little flexible with cooking and go with what you like and have on hand. Don't worry, it's not chemistry!
Rating: Unrated
your directions include "tomatoes and their juices" ... but there are no tomatoes listed under ingredients ... how many/much tomatoes? ... canned or fresh? ( .... thank you in advance for your reply)