This hearty sweet potato, lentil and tahini soup is perfect for cold winter weather. Warmly spiced and comfortingly creamy as well as vegan!
It's still soup weather out there and after my success with carrot soup, I was eager to experiment more with tahini in soups. The vegetables were basically what I had left in the fridge so could easily be changed for whatever you have. I think aubergine would be fantastic in this soup.
It's amazing that just a little bit of tahini makes the lentils taste really creamy. I know it doesn't look that pretty or appetizing in the picture, but if you like lentils and tahini then I'm sure you would love this. For a slight variation peanut butter would work really well too and probably any nut butter.
The recipe below is really a rough guide only. When I make soups I tend to throw in as much of each vegetable as I have or feel like using. The spicing also varies. If you feel like making this super hot and spicy then please do. Just add more chilli peppers or more curry powder. The same goes for if you don't want a really hot soup. Depending on how you like it you can remove the seeds from the chilli pepper or keep them in.
I first made this soup a few years ago but I've recently remade it for me and Master Spice. It's always great when one of my little ones loves a recipe I've made and this soup was a real hit. In fact, I'm now planning to make more tahini soups!
Recipe for sweet potato, lentil and tahini soup
- 1 onion finely diced
- 1 green pepper diced
- 1 garlic clove crushed
- 1 chilli pepper finely sliced
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1 tbsp red lentils rinsed
- 1 sweet potato peeled and diced
- 1 tbsp tahini
Put a little oil in a sauce pan and fry the onion gently until soft (about 5 minutes).
- Add the green pepper, chilli, garlic and curry powder. Stir and cook for a minute and then add the lentils and sweet potato. Cover with water, bring to the boil and then lower to a simmer. Cover the pan and leave for 20 minutes.
- Check the lentils and sweet potato are cooked. Leave for a bit longer if necessary. Stir in the tahini until it dissolves and then serve.
Nutritional information is approximate and a guideline only.
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