Red Lentil-Sweet Potato Spread for Grown-Ups and Babies

This hummus-like spread can be varied to suit people of all ages: serve just sweet potatoes, or just pureed lentils and sweet potatoes for babies; serve the spread without harissa hot sauce for toddlers; spice it up and garnish with cilantro for grown-ups.

Red Lentil-Sweet Potato Spread for Grown-Ups and Babies
Yield: Makes about 2 cups Prep 5 mins Cook 15 mins Start to Finish 20 mins


  • 1/2 cup red lentils
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup mashed cooked sweet potato
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1/2 garlic clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus additional to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pinch ground coriander
  • Harrisa chili paste, to taste (optional)
  • Chopped cilantro, for garnish (optional)
  • Whole grain pita, crackers or flatbread, for serving

Make It

1. In a medium saucepan, combine the lentils and bay leaf with 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Simmer, partially covered, until the lentils are completely tender, about 15 minutes. Drain in a mesh sieve, remove the bay leaf and let cool to room temperature.

2. In a food processor, puree the lentils with the sweet potato, olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, salt, cumin and coriander until smooth. Taste and season with salt and harissa if desired. Serve with bread or crackers.


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