Lovely Lentils


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
5 minutes
Best for
6 portions
Suitable for freezing


  • 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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  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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  • sweet potato blends/ purees better than normal potatoes that can only be mashed

    14 Dec 2015

  • Just cooked a batch for my 6 month old son to try and he loved it!! Even I thought it tasted yummy. Made enough to fill an ice cube tray plus some extra for today’s lunch, so about a weeks worth of lunches for his little tummy :D very happy mummy and baby!!

    11 Aug 2015

  • Yummy yummy in baby’s tummy! I had some too with no shame!

    10 Jun 2015

  • Hi does this blend ok with the sweet potato in ? I have made recipes with potatoes and when blended turned too gloopy. Thanks x

    10 Jun 2015

  • This recipe looks great ! But what are the storing suggestions? How long can I leave it in the fridge ?

    23 May 2015

  • 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.  :)

    25 Nov 2014

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

    18 Oct 2014

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

    06 Oct 2014

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

    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?

    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! :)

    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).

    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!

    17 Feb 2014

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

    23 Jan 2014

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

    10 Jan 2014

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

    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!

    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.

    17 Nov 2011

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

    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.

    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.

    27 May 2010

  • Can you freeze this recipe?

    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

    08 May 2010

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

    19 Mar 2010

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

    09 Jan 2010

  • Absolute must. Its much tastier than you think!

    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!

    30 Mar 2009

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