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Easy Lentil, Sweet Potato & Coconut Curry


If you’re looking for an easy and hearty vegetarian dinner, this curry is for you.

lentil, sweet potato, and coconut curry

It comes from my friend Gena’s new book, Choosing Raw.

Many of you may already be familiar with Gena’s blog, which shares the same name as her book, but if you’re not, you’re missing out! Her blog is a fantastic resource for vegan living, but even if you’re like me and don’t follow a 100% vegan diet, I think most people will appreciate Gena’s commonsense approach to healthy eating.

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In her book, Gena shares 125 recipes that show you how to make raw foods part of the way you eat. What I love about her approach is how she shares nourishing foods that require minimal food preparation, without any pressure to attempt an all-raw diet. (In fact, some of her recipes are cooked– like the one I’m sharing below.) Gena’s book also covers commonly asked questions about a vegan diet, and healthy eating in general, putting to rest some common myths and misconceptions with her scientifically sound perspective. Her writing and recipes have been a source of inspiration for me over the past several years, so I’m thrilled to see her finally in print!

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Gena’s mouth-watering recipes like Burnt-Sugar Coconut Ice Cream, No-Bake Sunflower Oat Bars, and her Kale & White Bean Caesar Salad are sure to have you eating well, while enjoying every bite. We all know that eating more plant-based food is a step in the right direction, regardless of where you are coming from, so I hope you enjoy her recipes as much as I have!

Below you’ll find the recipe for Gena’s delicious vegan curry that Austin and I enjoyed for dinner last night– it’s delicious!

Easy Lentil, Sweet Potato & Coconut Curry (Vegan)
Serves 4

Reprinted with permission from Choosing Raw

Ingredients:

1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 cup diced onion
1 cup dried red lentils (<–I used green lentils, which also worked!)
1 medium sweet potato, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 large carrot, sliced lengthwise and chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 tablespoon mild curry powder
1 teaspoon ginger powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3 1/2 cups vegetable broth or water
1/2 cup coconut milk

Directions:

1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Saute the onion until it’s turning a little golden. Add the lentils, potato, carrot, and seasonings, and stir to combine everything.

2. Add the water or broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes, or until the lentils and sweet potato are tender. Stir in the 1/2 cup of coconut milk. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and serve warm. (We served ours over cooked quinoa.)

lentil, sweet potatoe, and coconut curry in a bowl

Curry will keep for up to 4 days in the fridge. Leftovers can be frozen.

4.76 from 53 votes
Easy Lentil, Sweet Potato & Coconut Curry (Vegan)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

An easy and filing vegetarian curry dish, featuring lentils and sweet potato.

Course: Main Course
Servings: 4
Calories: 327 kcal
Author: Detoxinista.com
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup dried red lentils (<--I used green lentils, which also worked!)
  • 1 medium sweet potato , cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 large carrot , sliced lengthwise and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon mild curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 1/2 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Saute the onion until it's turning a little golden. Add the lentils, potato, carrot, and spices/seasonings, and stir to combine everything.
  2. Add the water or broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes, or until the lentils and sweet potato are tender. Stir in the 1/2 cup of coconut milk. Serve.
  3. Curry will keep for up to 4 days in the fridge. Leftovers can be frozen.

Enjoy!

Comments

Danielle @ Chits and Chats and Chocolate

This recipe looks incredible. Actually, I would love to see more soups over all on the blog…it is getting to be that season (!!!)

    Lisa

    This looks Yummilicious! I just got into this lifestyle, so I’m learning every day 🙂 Would love to see some coconut Milk recipes!

Liz S.

Great curry dish recipe! I would love to see more healthy dessert recipes.

Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming

more vegan desserts!!!

Kara

This is perfect! I am currently making meals that my husband and I can eat with my 8 mo old. She is not a fan of textures, so I will be blending half of this batch up and freezing it. Thank you for this:)

Kara

Forgot the stars! Easy and a great source of nutrients and plant based protein for my baby!

JoEllyn

Any healthy grab-and-go recipes are always appreciated! Love your site!

Nicole

Love your site! This curry dish looks wonderful, Can’t wait to try it!

Asma

I’d like to see more quicky and easy recipes!

Jo

Id like to see more meat recipes since i eat so much of it! Also eggs would be good, too!

Nadia

Thank you for the curry lentil dish-what a great combination, can’t wait to try it! Since fall is right around the corner I’d love to see more heartier dishes (stews, soups, curries-pretty much anything that will warm your soul and body)! Thank you for all you do!!!

Natalie Stakich

This sounds delicious! I’d love to see more recipes with honey in them. Love your site!

Kristie

PINNED – can’t wait to try this recipe and check out Gena’s blog. I’d love to see more easy ‘breakfast as I run out the door to work’ recipes – I usually have a smoothies but sometimes want something savory.

Stacy

I would like to see more soup/stew recipes, since Fall is right around the corner 🙂

Ellen

I made something very similar to this last night! Even though it’s still hot here, my husband is a bit under the weather, so I decided a “whatever is hanging out in the fridge soup” was in order. Carrots, celery, two kinds of lentils, red potatoes, and finished off with a few handfuls of spinach that were a bit past their best.

I like recipes that are easily adaptable, like soups and stir-frys. Most of the time I have a meal plan, but sometimes I’m left with random leftover ingredients, and I don’t like to see food go to waste. Thanks!

Alix

Sounds delicious! I love your recipes. I could always use more breakfast suggestions. I know I need to start the day with a protein-rich breakfast but I usually have coffee and don’t eat until lunch. I need some inspiring recipes to get me to eat breakfast.

Janice

Yum! This is what Im making for dinner! I am new to juicing, but get bored with the same old thing…I would love to see some of your favorite juice combinations!

Connie

I’m going to make this mu husband loves curry I want to surprise him thank u so much for sharing plus I’m diabetic I think it would be great for me as well

Julie

That looks great! The type of recipes I’d like to have more of are things like casseroles that require little handling and can be used for leftover but are still healthy!

Michaela

More one-pot meals!

Lauren M.

YUM! I always like recipes that are so simple it probably feels silly posting them – really simple dinners that can be made after work when I’m starving! Thanks!

Kate

I’d love to see more recipes like this one. I’m going to take a giant leap forward in my lifestyle and try to be completely vegan. I’d love some more dinner, lunch vegan recipes. Perhaps using tofu, definitely beans and lots of veggies!

    April

    Ditto, minus the Tofu. We’re a soy free, grain free house. Would love to see more lunch/dinner recipes like this one. Also would love some easy to pack lunch ideas for transporting to school/work. Thanks!

Nora

Congrats to Gena ! I have seen her blog before thanks to you letting us know. I would love to see more ethnic inspired recipes that are not too complicated, but yummy and healthy. Maybe some grocery store buying tips too. Thanks !

Holly

I’d love to see more dessert recipes that are nut & dairy free! 🙂

Stacey

The recipe looks great! I’d love to see more easy lunch recipes

Shelly

I’d like to see more non-starchy one pot meals!

Jennifer R.

creamy soups that are both dairy and nut free

Courtney Chu

+1 for more stew/soup and grab-n-go recipes!

Kristin mo

more curries please! Indian and Thai are the favorites in this house. thanks!

Jenny

Quick and Easy recipes! Juicing recipes! Sugar free desserts! Love your site 🙂

Cheryl Isbell

Everything you post seems to make my family happy. I always enjoy trying to teach my teenagers that you can eat healthy and still have it taste good. I want to be an example for their eating habits but feel like I’m not getting any where with all the fast food joints popping up at every corner. Show me what I can inspire them with:) Thanks for all your wonderful ideas so far!

Jeane

I would love soup recipes! This one sounfpds delicious!!

Dawdy-Narvaez

Thanks for the opportunity to win the book. I would like to see more high in protien recipes. Thanks.

Maria

The one-pot meal idea is awesome! More of those please 🙂

Stacey Stallard

This looks Ah-mazing! I would love more clean eating crockpot recipes. Thank you 🙂

Nicole

Would love to see more one-pot mains that are easy on a grad-school time and financial budget!

Dawn Gilmore

I LOVE recipes that can be put in the crock pot & not have to touch again.

Beth

Anything with curry

Kim

This looks amazing! I really love your healthy/gluten free versions of comfort food and would like to see more of these! Some more recipes with meat would be amazing as well!

Amy

I would love to see more recipes that are pre-workout and post-workout meals and snacks. I would also love to see meals that are kid friendly and easy to chew. My daughter is 16-months old and only has 8 teeth. It is hard to find recipes that are healthy, easy to chew and kid friendly.

aubrey

I’d like to see more meals that are vegan with veggies:)))!

Misty

I am fairly new to your site but so far I have loved every recipe I have tried. I would love to see more easy dinners that are healthy.

Aimee

More vegetable curry! 🙂

Sheri McNeely

More cook ahead meals that can be paired with other sides for new meals later in the week.

    Karen

    Me too!!!!!!!

Sue L

Wheat-free and/or grain-free bread

Elisabeth

This recipe looks so good! 🙂 I’m hoping to see more recipes for vegan foods that are usually not vegan, such as vegan (hot) dogs or vegan cheesecake and stuff like that.

Mona Han

I’d love to see more of recipes from international cuisines. I know that people in other countries can’t afford to eat meat protein every meal, and there are many creative, delicious, plant-based dishes that we can expose our taste buds to. I’m always amazed by the use of herbs and spices that takes the flavor to the next level. 🙂

    Abbi*tarian

    Yes to more international cuisine!! That’s just what I was about to put. Good going, Mona Han! Megan, I love when you post yummy Indian (my favorite cuisine), Mexican & Thai meals & would love to see cuisine from all over Africa, as well!! (Yes to all over the world, too. Those are just my favorites.) I look forward to devouring this meal you posted, here. I love curried almost anything.

NAomi

Fabulous! Can’t wait to try it!

Jenesa

As a person who is a wee bit lacking in the creativity (and cooking confidence) departments, I appreciate each of the recipes you share! I especially like these hearty vegetarian recipes and always look for those. It’s nice to feed my family well without the expense of meat at every meal!

Brianna

This looks delicious! I would love to see more “kid-friendly” recipes!

Daniela

Love recipes that are high in protein and low in carbs:)

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