Lovely Lentils

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Adding lentils to a baby puree provides a good source of protein and beta-carotene and also folate, fibre and vitamin C. Orange-fleshed sweet potato is an excellent source of beta-carotene and this lentil recipe makes a sweet, soft, smooth puree that appeals to young babies. This is a simple homemade and healthy lentils recipe for babies.

Lovely Lentils
Prep
5 minutes
Cook
40
Best for
Makes
6 portions
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 100g carrot, chopped
  • 15g celery, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 50g split red lentils
  • 200g sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 400ml vegetable or chicken stock, or water
     

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Method

  1. Sauté the onion, carrot and celery in the vegetable oil for about 5 minutes or until softened
  2. Add the lentils and sweet potato and pour over the stock or water
  3. Bring to the boil, turn down the heat and simmer covered for 20 minutes
  4. Purée in a blender

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  • I used what I had on hand - which was pumpkin instead of carrots.  It turned out so lovely that I packed some up for my lunch as well as baby’s.  :)

    jkcrash
    25 Nov 2014

  • is this supposed to be like a soup or do you drain it before blending?

    jennid
    18 Oct 2014

  • hi can I use green lentils instead of split red?

    c82pink
    06 Oct 2014

  • plz can anyone tell me what kind of cheese in this recipe?

    Sher686
    14 Sep 2014

  • Hi rheather, Use dried lentils for this recipe. AK Team

    AK Team
    12 Aug 2014

  • should i use canned or dried lentils?

    rheather
    12 Aug 2014

  • Really struggled to find a simple lentil recipe but this ticked all the boxes. Easy to make and lovely as well.
    My 9 month old approves, thank you! :)

    kerry1992
    28 Jun 2014

  • Hi! Here in Greece, we bring lentils one time to the boil,  throw that water, then add a warm water, carrots, onion, galic and celery, and cook for 20 minutes. Onion and garlic are just for the taste. At the end, we add olive oil (tbsp).

    Minaki
    03 Mar 2014

  • This recipe is amazing! my 10mo AND 32 year old husband loved it!!!! Even the dog loved it and was over the moon when any got dropped by my little girl, which I can tell you she tried not to do!! Will definitely be making this again!

    Kellyt1704
    17 Feb 2014

  • Big yes for this lovely recipe from our twins 7m..Will make again and again..Thank you..

    edita22
    23 Jan 2014

  • Love how easy and tasty these recipies are! Will be making this tonight not puréed tho for my 9 month old :)

    Miriam93
    10 Jan 2014

  • Left unpureed, this is a lovely thick soup that everyone in the family seems to enjoy on a cold day.

    molilli
    20 Nov 2013

  • This was my son’s favorite food when he began with solid foods at 6 months.  Now that he’s 14 months, he wants to eat everything on his own.  I tried to make this recipe into finger food, so I added 1/2 cup of prepared quinoa, 1/2 c of breadcrumbs, and 1 beaten egg to the combination, and made great patties with this recipe!  Please, if you’ve done the same with different ingredients, share!

    Lattchr
    20 Sep 2012

  • I’ve frozen a batch of this and its fine (freeze in silicone muffin trays for good portion sizes) - obviously just make sure its thoroughly re-heated and cooled after defrosting before you give it to your little one. This is great as a puree for just weaned babies and now my 8 month old loves it mashed.

    faerieface
    17 Nov 2011

  • I would like to know this aswell.  Also what age is this most suited for?

    trinity_sw
    31 Oct 2011

  • Suprisingly, my little one absolutely loved the rich flavour of the lentils and vegetables. I added a little minced meat to it while cooking for even more iron and protein. It is hard to believe people who say their little ones won’t eat any vegetables, especially when ‘hidden’ in such a delicious way.

    kwy
    06 Jun 2010

  • The ingredients may sound quite adventurous for little tastebuds, and the lentils quite powerful in flavour - but DS absolutely loves this dish.

    kwy
    27 May 2010

  • Can you freeze this recipe?

    kmw1127
    18 May 2010

  • I have read Annabel Karmel recipe through the Internet its relay great please send me more recipe for my child which can make healthy and brine.


    Thanks and regards

    haniya
    08 May 2010

  • This was so yummy I had some for my dinner :-)

    shim2brown
    19 Mar 2010

  • What a great site! My cousin introduced me to your site. And I absolutely love it! Many thanks!

    Mellezar
    09 Jan 2010

  • Absolute must. Its much tastier than you think!

    f_hussain
    09 Jun 2009

  • My husband (an avid meat eater) was horified of the thought I was going to feed lentils to our son, but even he agrees that this recipe is a winner. Our little man has been thoroughly enjoying this meal for several months now. Yummy!

    Masey
    30 Mar 2009