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When you’re in need of warming comfort food, but you also want healthy, this Coconut Sweet Potato Lentil Soup with Rice is just the soup to make. All made in just ONE pot (or in your instant pot), in less than an hour, and using good for us ingredients like sweet potatoes, red lentils, warming spices, and creamy coconut milk. It’s cozy, a little spicy, and filled with vegetables. Finish each bowl off with steamed rice and you’ll have the perfect healthy bowl of soup for lunch or dinner.
When I get stuck creatively, I try to look at flavors and foods just slightly out of my comfort zone. I tend to fall back on cozy foods…pastas, creamy soups, and pretty much anything roasted. Those are my go-to’s and very much in my comfort zone.
This is why, when I get in a recipe rut, I love to step outside my box, and explore flavors I don’t use as often as I should.
Enter this soup.
Lately all I want to cook is the comfort foods I know and love. Which is totally fine, since I whole heartedly believe that you should make what’s inspiring you. With our cold, snowy weather I’m embracing all the comfort foods…after all, I think it’s what I’m best at!
That said, I was ready for a flavor switch up, and decided to explore some Indian inspired recipes.
Instead of googling anything, I text my soon to be sister (because my older brother is gettin’ married this summer!). Lyndsie is one of the more well-rounded eaters I know, and great for recipe ideas. She quickly responded with mulligatawny soup. At first I thought she spelled something wrong. But after some googling I discovered that mulligatawny soup is an East Indian curry soup. It’s traditionally made with veggies, sometimes lentils, sometimes apples, and coconut milk.
Honestly, I saw a ton of different versions online, so I’m not sure what’s really traditional. The point here is that I drew the inspiration for this soup from mulligatawny soup. This is not a mulligatawny soup, but it’s similar…ish, and 100% delicious.
When I set out to make this soup, I knew it needed to include three things: sweet potatoes, lentils, and rice.
I LOVE a rice based soup (have you made my favorite tortilla soup…or my wild rice soup?!). Since I haven’t made one in a bit, I knew using rice for this soup was key. I wanted lentils for protein, and sweet potatoes for, well, just because I love them…and they’re in season!
So those were my three must have ingredients. From here I built up the rest of the soup and it quickly came together.
You’ll start by cooking up some onions, garlic, and lots of ginger. These are major flavor boosters, so don’t skip them. Then toss in your sweet potatoes, yellow curry powder, and a pinch of cayenne for some heat.
Add broth and red lentils, then simmer until the lentils are extra soft, which only takes about 15 minutes or so. You can also do this all in your instant pot (which I included directions for). But I honestly think it’s just as quick and easy to do this on the stove top.
Once the lentils are soft, stir in the coconut and some spinach, and simmer to warm through. And like that, the soup is done! I don’t like to add the rice directly to the soup. Instead I add the rice to bowls and then pour the soup over. This way the rice doesn’t soak up all the soup’s broth while it sits.
This soup is SO flavorful, SO full of color, and filled with good for us ingredients. Yet it feels totally comforting with the sweet potatoes, creamy coconut milk, and rice. I love serving it with my homemade naan (obviously). It’s our favorite over here.
Best part, well aside from all the deliciousness, this requires only one pot and is ready in less than 45 minutes. Perfect.
If you make this coconut sweet potato lentil soup please be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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I love everything I’ve tried from HBH, but this is my absolute favourite. On regular rotation. So cozy and healthy And yummy <3
Happy Friday!! ☘️🌈 So glad to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks so much for trying it out! xT
My partner found this recipe a couple years ago and now I make it All The Time. It’s so good and so easy! I keep the recipe on my fridge but I hardly need it anymore. It also halves very well. If someone in the house does not like spinach in their soup (deeply unfortunate, but we all love someone like that) I recommend increasing the lentils to a full cup. Typing this comment as the last part of it simmers on the stove.
Happy Wednesday!🌈 I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your comment, so glad to hear it was a winner!
So easy and delish! Even my 2 year old ate a whole serving. I made it mild for her and then added garlic chili sauce and it was the perfect amount of spice.
Wonderful!!🍀 I love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks so much for trying it out:)
Could you substitute the sweet potato for butternut squash? Thanks!
Absolutely, that will work well for you! Let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! xx
Very good like every recipe! Thanks!
Amazing!! So glad to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks so much for making it! xT
Soooo good. I think I doubled the curry powder but the flavors blend so well together. Made for a dinner party and everyone loved it.
Happy Sunday!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks a lot for making it! xT
I enjoyed this recipe! A simple and easy weeknight curry. My only alterations were to add an extra 1/2 TBS curry powder, and an extra clove of garlic because I love big flavors. I also didn’t serve with naan but I did put a dollop of Greek yogurt on top for serving. Just perfect! Can’t wait for leftovers at lunch tomorrow!
Happy Valentine’s Day! 💌 I appreciate you giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback, so glad to hear it was tasty! xT
Absolutely love this – delicious every time! Was wondering if I could also add chicken to it. Anyone every try that or have any tips?
Happy Monday!! 💘 Thanks so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it turned out well for you! Sure, shredded chicken would be great here! xx
I have made this recipe several times for myself. I am making again today to deliver to a friend who just had a baby. This meal is like a warm hug in a bowl. Highly recommend.
Awesome!!🌼 I love to hear that this recipe always turns out well for you and appreciate you making it so often! xT
Made this for dinner tonight, a cold January day in the Midwest! It was wonderful! Whole family loves it. So flavorful and filling! The naan was great too. Looking forward to more for dinner tomorrow😊
Amazing!! So glad to hear that this recipe was tasty and thanks a lot for trying it out! xT
YUM! I made the instant pot version & it did NOT disappoint! We don’t do spicy in my house, so no cayenne, but the yellow curry flavor was rich & warm. I could eat this everyday! We served it in a bowl of rice with naan on the side. I can’t wait for the leftovers!
Perfect!! I am delighted to hear that this recipe turned out well for you and thanks so much for trying it out! xx
Made this last night and we were all blown away. So delicious! This seems like it would be freezer friendly. Mom is having a procedure done soon and I would love to prepare this in advance. I could freeze this right?
Happy Friday!! Thanks so much for making this recipe and your comment, I love to hear that it turned out well for you! Yes, you can definitely freeze this! ❄️
How much broth are you supposed to use?
This recipe calls for 4 cups of broth:) Please let me know if you have any other questions, I hope you love this recipe! xx
This was delicious! And healthy!
Happy Friday!!⛄️ Thanks so much for making this dish and sharing your review, so glad to hear it was a hit! xx
Is that calorie count per serving???!
Delicious and easier/ faster to make than most curries! Switched red lintels with green (what I had on hand). Naan with it is a must!
Happy Monday!!☃️ Thanks a lot for making this recipe and sharing your review, I love to hear that it was a winner! xx