coconut sweet potato lentil soup with rice

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. It's cozy, a little spicy, and filled with vegetables. The perfect healthy bowl of soup!

coconut sweet potato lentil soup with rice

INGREDIENTS
  1. 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  2. 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  3. 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
  4. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  6. 1 tablespoon yellow curry powder
  7. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, more or less to taste
  8. 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth or water
  9. 3/4 cup dried red lentils
  10. kosher salt
  11. 1 can (14 ounce) coconut milk
  12. 2 cups baby spinach
  13. 2 cups cooked basmati rice
  14. 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped, plus more for serving
  15. fresh Naan, for serving

INSTRUCTIONS
STOVE-TOP
  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. When the oil shimmers, add the onion and cook 5 minutes until soft. Add the ginger, garlic, and sweet potatoes and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir in the curry powder and cayenne and cook another minute. 
  • Add the broth and lentils. Season generously with salt. Bring the mix to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer 15-20 minutes, until the lentils are soft and the sweet potatoes tender. 
  • Stir in the coconut milk and spinach, cook 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the cilantro. 
  • To serve, divide the rice among bowls and ladle the soup overtop. Garnish with cilantro. Serve with Naan on the side. Enjoy!