Sweet Potato Lentil Gumbo

Dietician Amit Shah


  • 1 sweet potato- peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • ½ cup green or brown lentils
  • ½ teaspoon EACH coriander AND cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder (or more to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon EACH smoked paprika, ground cinnamon, AND turmeric
  • 1 Pinch ground nutmeg
  • 3 Cups water/Vegetable Stock
  • 1 cup baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • Lemon for serving.


  • Place the sweet potatoes, carrots, onions, celery, red bell pepper, garlic, lentils, spices, and 3 cups of vegetable stock/water into a pressure cooker. Cover and cook on the low flame.
  • Check the lentils for tenderness – If needed cook longer.
  • Place half the soup into a blender along with a little additional Water (½ cup or so) and blend till smoothish.
  • Add the puree back into the pressure cooker. Stir in the baby spinach and lemon juice. Let it simmer for a few mins -Serve hot.