Sweet potato lentil soup


My theme for the week at Blogging Marathon is Root Vegetables and I am so glad that, for once, it’s a problem of plenty. Usually I have to skip themes or recipes since certain key ingredients won’t be available. But if this place has something, it’s a variety of root vegetables. 
For the first day, I have chosen the versatile sweet potato. You can make so many recipes with this be it fries, wedges, curry, dips, hummus, cakes, soups, etc.  I was looking to get more veggies as soups since it’s a healthy dinner and also the easiest way to get the vegetables into my toddler. This soup, adapted from here, is a delightful combination of sweet potato and red lentils with seasoning and spices. Do try –

Serves 3


Oil                                         2-3 tsp

Garlic                                   2 cloves

Ginger                                  1″ piece

Onion, medium                2

Coriander chutney           2-3 tsp

Red lentil/ masoor dal    1/2 cup

Sweet potato                     300 gms

Red chilly powder            1-2 tsp

Vegetable stock                500 ml

Whey or Milk                    200 ml        


Sunflower seeds              2 tsp

  • Heat the oil and add the ginger and garlic
  • Once th garlic starts turning brown, add the onions and fry till they turn translucent.
  • Add the lentils, coriander chutney, chilly powder and vegetable stock. Cover and cook.
  • Wash and peel the sweet potato. Grate or finely chop it and add it to the lentils.
  • Add salt and cook covered for around 20 minutes till the lentils and sweet potatoes are completely cooked.
  • Let it cool and then blend it with an immersion blender.
  • Toast the sunflower seeds and add it to the soup.
  • Warm the soup before serving.
  • Enjoy!


  1. The coriander chutney can be replaced with coriander leaves and stalks. In that case, increase the chilly powder by another 1 tsp.
  2. I had excess whey and hence I used it. Milk will work perfectly fine.

This is my entry for Blogging Marathon under Root Vegetables.


Check out the Blogging Marathon page for other marathoners doing this BM. 


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