A Sweet Potato Dhal is a comforting and warming dish to enjoy during these times. Most of the ingredients you’ll have in your cupboard and there’s no better opportunity to spend some time in the kitchen making something nourishing and tasty!

Sweet Potato Dhal

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Dhal, Gluten free, Main, Plant based, Sugar free, Sweet potato, Vegan
Servings: 6
Author: Jenny Mullarkey


  • Stove
  • Pestle and mortar (if not available crush spices using side of large carving knife)


  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 onions diced
  • 3 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 250 g button mushrooms
  • 1 large sweet potato diced washed but skin left on
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger peeled and grated
  • 1 ⁄2 red chilli or 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes, or more to taste) seeds removed and finely chopped 1⁄2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 ⁄2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 ⁄2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 200 g dried red lentils dried uncooked lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tin coconut milk
  • 500 ml vegetable stock
  • Salt and pepper
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 2 handfuls fresh spinach washed
  • 340 g Basmati Rice Rinsed well


  • Heat coconut oil in large pot over medium heat
  • Boil enough water in medium pot for rice
  • Add onion & cook to large pot and cook until golden brown about 5 minutes
  • Add rice to boiled water and cook per instructions on packet
  • Add the garlic, ginger and red chilli and cook for a few minutes.
  • Grind the cumin, coriander and mustard seeds lightly in a pestle and mortar, then add to the large pot, along with the turmeric and garam masala and cook for 1 minute
  • Add sweet potato and cook for 5 minutes
  • Rinse lentils well under cold water
  • Add the mushrooms, lentils, tomatoes, coconut milk and stock, then stir to combine
  • Season with pepper and cook on a low – medium heat for 20-30 minutes until reduced and thick 11. Stir in the lemon juice and spinach until it wilts
  • Serve with rice in bowl


Don’t be put off by the ingredient list! Once all the spices are add, you can sit back & relax until it’s ready!
If you have a coffee bean grinder this works brilliantly for grinding the spices!