Ethiopian Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Curry

Marsha Gardner


Injera is served as the “plate” to place a variety of tasty curries. I settled on this red lentil and yam curry which I thought would go nicely on top of the injera. A spice blend of cumin, cinnamon, ginger, paprika and allspice flavor the curry. The sweet potato and lentils went together so well and provided an element of sweetness that balanced the spices. It was a really simple dish that tasted great with the Injera.

Any flatbread may substituted.

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1 medium
yellow onion, chopped
2 Tbsp
canola oil
3 Tbsp
fresh ginger, minced
3 clove
garlic, minced
3 medium
sweet potatoes, chopped in 1/2 inch dice
1 1/2 c
lentils, dry
2 c
tomato sauce
1 c
1 1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp
1 tsp
allspice, ground
2 tsp
2 tsp
ginger powder
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

How to Make Ethiopian Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Curry


  • 1In a medium sauce pot, heat the oil and add the onions and sweet potato. Cook on medium high heat for about 12 minutes covered.
  • 2Add the ginger and garlic and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
    Stir in the lentils, spices, tomato sauce, roasted pepper, and water.
  • 3Cook on medium low for 35-40 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes and lentils are soft. Add more water if the mixture becomes too thick.

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About Ethiopian Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Curry

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Healthy