Sweet Potato Dhal


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There are few meals more satisfying and filling than dhal.⁣ This is my wife's family recipe for sweet potato dhal.⁣


  • 1 large onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp naturally sweetened ketchup
  • 250g red split lentils
  • 2 large sweet potatoes (diced into bite size cubes optionally peeled)
  • 600ml vegetable stock


  • Lightly fry the onion in a saucepan until it starts to brown.⁣
  • Crush and add the garlic cloves, cook for a further minute.⁣
  • Add the spices and a little bit of ketchup. Mix this over a low heat until nicely combined and the onion mix is coated.⁣
  • Add the sweet potatoes and cook until slightly browned on the sides.
  • Pour the lentils into the pan followed by the vegetable stock, which should cover the contents of the pan.
  • Stir well, bring to the boil, then lower the temperature to a simmer and cover for 20-25 minutes.⁣

This pairs nicely with rice, chapatis or naan bread. I like to serve it with some mango juice and avocado.⁣