Gingered sweet potato and coconut milk stew with lentil & kale

Title: Gingered Sweet Potato and Coconut Milk Stew with Lentils & Kale


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup dried green or brown lentils, rinsed
  • 1 can (14 oz) coconut milk
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, for heat)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 4 cups kale, stems removed and leaves chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish
  • Cooked rice or crusty bread for serving


  1. Sauté Aromatics:
    • In a large pot, heat coconut oil over medium heat. Add chopped onion and sauté until softened.
  2. Add Garlic and Ginger:
    • Stir in minced garlic and grated ginger. Sauté for an additional 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Incorporate Sweet Potatoes and Lentils:
    • Add diced sweet potatoes and rinsed lentils to the pot. Stir to coat them in the aromatic mixture.
  4. Pour in Coconut Milk and Broth:
    • Pour in coconut milk and vegetable broth. Stir in ground turmeric, ground cumin, ground coriander, and red pepper flakes (if using).
  5. Season and Simmer:
    • Season the stew with salt and black pepper to taste. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and let it simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until the sweet potatoes and lentils are tender.
  6. Add Kale:
    • Stir in chopped kale and let it simmer for an additional 5-7 minutes until the kale is wilted and tender.
  7. Finish with Lime Juice:
    • Squeeze the juice of one lime into the stew and stir to incorporate. Adjust the seasoning if needed.
  8. Serve:
    • Ladle the gingered sweet potato and coconut milk stew over cooked rice or serve with crusty bread. Garnish with fresh cilantro.

Time and Intensity:

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 35-40 minutes
  • Total Time: Approximately 55-60 minutes
  • Intensity: Easy

Note: This Gingered Sweet Potato and Coconut Milk Stew with Lentils & Kale is a wholesome and flavorful dish that combines the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes with the richness of coconut milk and the earthiness of lentils and kale. It’s a perfect blend of comforting and nutritious ingredients. Serve it over rice or with a slice of crusty bread for a satisfying meal.

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