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Spiced red lentils with sweet potato and yam

A simple hearty, filling, yet inexpensive plant-based dish that can be made in the slow cooker.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time4 hrs 30 mins
Total Time5 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Comfort Food, Indian
Keyword: red lentils, sweet potatoes, yam
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 156kcal
Author: Jen deHaan



  • Mix the vegetable broth with all of your spices, and then place the mixture in your slow cooker.
  • Add the cubed sweet potatoes/yams and onion and cook on high for 3-3.5 hours. The vegetables should be soft for the next step.
  • Mix in the (rinsed) red lentils and then cook (still at high) for another 1.5 hours - 2 hours.
  • Before serving, add the thickened plant-based milk* (see notes) and mix thoroughly. Then slowly mix in some water until you reach the desired consistency.
  • Serve hot, seasoned with sea salt to taste.


Thickened non-dairy milk: Combine your favorite low-fat plant-based milk (such as soy, almond, cashew, or hemp milk) with 2-3 Tbsp of corn starch, arrowroot powder, or potato starch and whisk well. Or, combine 1/4 cup of cashews with about 12oz of water and blend in a high-speed blender until creamy and smooth.


Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 130mg | Potassium: 504mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 11450IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 2.4mg