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4 Easy, One-Pan Steps to Red Lentil & Sweet Potato Curry

This 4-step one-pot recipe gives a whole new meaning to curry in a hurry.

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As far as vegetarian curries go, this has to be one of the quickest and easiest. Despite how simple this one-pot stew is to make, with such incredible depth of flavor, your family will think you fussed over a hot stove all day.

Red lentils add protein to this meatless main with toothsome hunks of cauliflower and sweet potatoes. Lentils, also known as pulses, are an excellent source of folate and manganese, as well as being a budget-friendly source of protein.

When it comes to the curry, making your own paste with chiles, ginger and garlic adds heaps of flavor to the dish with just a whirl in the food processor. Serve the curry with whole-grain naan, pita bread or your favorite rice or veggie rice.

Step 1

In a food processor, process shallots, peppers, ginger and garlic until a smooth paste forms, scraping down bowl of food processor with a spatula as needed.

Step 2

In a medium (3.5 quart) Dutch oven on low, heat 1 tbsp oil. Add paste and cook, stirring, until browned slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in salt. Continue cooking, stirring frequently, until mixture releases a bit of oil and bottom of pot looks shiny. Add cumin, curry, garam masala and coriander and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add crushed tomatoes and cook, stirring frequently, 2 minutes.

Step 3

Increase heat to medium-low; add remaining 1 tbsp oil and onion. Cook stirring frequently, until onion is slightly softened, 4 minutes. Add broth, lentils, potato and 1½ cups water; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low; simmer until potatoes are slightly softened, 15 minutes. Add cauliflower and continue cooking until vegetables and lentils are tender, 15 to 20 minutes more.

Step 4

Remove from heat and set aside for 5 minutes, until mixture has stopped bubbling. Stir in yogurt. Garnish with chopped cilantro (if using). Swirl or dollop additional yogurt over top, if desired.

Step 5

Time to enjoy.

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