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Asian, Indian
Curried Red Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Greens Recipe-13767

Photo by: Joseph De Leo
Comments: 2


Both nourishing and sublimely satisfying, this thick soup incorporates fall’s first sweet potatoes with seasonal greens. Red lentils, which cook to a warm golden color, are available in natural food stores and ethnic groceries. Serve with Chapatis or a store-bought flatbread.

Yield: 6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups water
  • 1½ cups dried red lentils, rinsed and sorted
  • 2 large or 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons good-quality curry powder, more or less to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 to 8 ounces Swiss chard or spinach
  • Juice of 1 lemon or lime
  • Salt to taste


Heat the oil in a soup pot. Add the onion and garlic and sauté over medium heat until golden, about 10 minutes. Add the water, followed by the lentils, sweet potatoes, and seasonings. Bring to a rapid simmer, then lower the heat. Cover and simmer gently until the lentils are mushy and the potatoes are done, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, wash the greens, remove stems and midribs, then slice into narrow shreds. Stir into the soup along with the lemon juice. If the soup is too thick, adjust the consistency with a small amount of water.

Continue to simmer gently until the greens are just done, about 5 minutes for spinach and 10 to 15 minutes for chard. Season with salt. Serve at once, or if time allows, let the soup stand off the heat for an hour or two. Heat through before serving.

© 2009 Nava Atlas

Nutritional Information

Nutritional information is provided by the author.

Per serving:
Calories: 290 Total fat: 5 g Protein: 13 g Fiber: 10 g
Carbohydrate: 50 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 94 mg


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  • diegodossantos

    12.17.11 Flag comment

    Made this tonight. Very good. I chopped the Swiss chard ribs and sautéed them for 10 minutes. Added them to the plate once the soup was done.

  • catlohmeier

    10.23.11 Flag comment

    Cheap, filling and delicious! A few mods including cardamom pods + anise in a tea ball for extra perfume + complexity. Also used tamari instead of salt. Was skeptical of not sauteeing the ginger so doubled the amount (more ginger never hurt anyone, right?), sauteed half with the onions and garlic and added the rest raw as directed- loved it.


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