Sweet Potato Lentil Stew Recipe
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Sweet Potato Lentil Stew Recipe

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I fell in love with the spice in this slow-cooked lentil stew. Add ingredients as the spirit moves you, like zucchini, spinach, kale and corn. —Heather Gray, Little Rock, Arkansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1-1/4 pounds sweet potatoes (about 2 medium), peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1-1/2 cups dried lentils, rinsed
  • 3 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 carton (32 ounces) vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups: 290 calories, 1g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 662mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 15g fiber), 15g protein .


  1. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the first nine ingredients. Cook, covered, on low 5-6 hours or until vegetables and lentils are tender. Stir in cilantro. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Sweet Potato Lentil Stew in Light & Tasty October/November 2003, p17

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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fenstern 242558
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2016

"Sorry, but this was not good at all. There was no liquid left, so it was an unappetizing grayish glob with some orange spots. It is healthy but not good enough to ever make again."

Paintpretty 240525
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2015

"Great recipe. I think the ginger made it fun and special. The doctor told my sister to eat lentils, he said they were good for her heart, so I find and prepare new dishes to prove to her lentils are tasty to eat. She and the rest of the family really liked this one."

kelliemurray 134027
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2014

"A blogger is using your recipe as her own, she copied it word for word and even stole your picture as well. The recipe is located here: Every one of the recipes on her blog are stolen. So tacky!!"

JennTats 50381
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2013

"I tweaked the spices by adding a pinch more here & there for a richer taste. I also added a can of diced tomatoes to the cooking process, cream of mushroom soup can also be added to add creaminess & to thicken the broth. I cooked all the ingredients except the sweet potatoes for 4 hrs & then added the sweet potatoes & cooked for another 4 hrs in a slow cooker. If adding the potatoes later doesn't work for you make sure to chop them in large chunks or halves so it doesn't dissolve into mush. Zucchini, eggplant & russet potatoes make for a nice lentil too. Thanks for recipe."

CrashDogsMom 90261
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2012

"We really enjoyed the mix of flavors in this stew!"

MumsyG 56038
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2012

"While this was fairly good, I agree with another reviewer in that the lentils were still rather firm even after 6 hrs. I would like to try this recipe again, but would increase the amount of spices/seasonings and add possibly spinach, kale, corn, and/or zuchinni to add extra flavor and color. I did happen to add some pre-cooked barley just before serving, which added a nice nutty flavor. With some tweaking, this could be a 5 star dish!"

queenzookie 56037
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"Sorry to disagree with the other reviews, but no one in my family liked this. It seemed like there were too many lentils, and the lentils were firm while the other vegetables were falling-apart tender. The lentils and sweet potatoes just didn't work for us."

jmscoker 142818
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2010

"Tasty, hearty, warm, and just the right amount of spice."

GrammyMary 56933
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2010

"This is one of the best recipes I've made from TOH! My family really enjoys this dish and I've shared it with many friends who have fallen in love with it also!! Not only would I make this again, but I make it regularly!!"

magma137 205773
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2010

"I didn't add the salt because I thought it had great flavor. I do think the lentils may need to be cooked a little before being added. They seemed a little "crunchier" than they probably should have been. I'd definitely make this again, though!"

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