I love this time of year.

I’m a summer girl through and through and I know that in a few weeks I’ll already be lamenting the cold, but for now I choose to enjoy my romantic notions and endless daydreams of fluffy jumpers, mugs of hot chocolate, lying in bed listening to the rain, and cosy snuggles with my lovebug. ♥

It’s about this time of year that I really start to crave root vegetables and curry flavours.

I’ve always been a fan of Dhal, but too often for my liking it is served as a tasteless and boring side-dish.

Forget that!  I say bulk it up and make it a spicy and delicious main attraction!

One of the biggest reasons that Dhal rocks – besides the fact that it’s fat-free and brimming with nutrients – is that it’s so versatile.  Substitute any of these vegetables with your own favourites – zucchini, cauliflower and peas also work really well.

I threw some carrot pulp in because I’m always looking for ways to use up the pulp from my morning juices, but this is completely optional too.

Any leftovers keep well in the fridge for 3-5 days and taste even better reheated, so this is a great meal to make in large batches to fill Autumn lunch boxes and super hungry tummies.



Autumn Sweet Potato, Vegetable & Red Lentil Dhal

Rebecca Weller - Vegan Sparkles
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 2


  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Brown Onion peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup Sweet Potato chopped into 1cm cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups dried Red Lentils
  • 4 cups Vegetable Broth/Stock
  • 1 cup Carrot pulp optional
  • 1 cup Broccoli florets sliced
  • 1 cup Mushrooms sliced
  • 1 cup Cherry Tomatoes quartered
  • 1 cup Baby Spinach leaves
  • 1 cup fresh Coriander leaves


  • 1 tsp grated fresh Ginger
  • 2 tsp Mustard Seeds Black or Yellow
  • 3/4 tsp ground Cayenne Pepper less if you don't like medium-level spiciness
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground Cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground Turmeric
  • 1 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/2 tsp ground Coriander
  • 1 clove fresh Garlic chopped (optional)


  • Assemble spices in a small bowl.
  • Heat oil in large saucepan or frypan over medium heat.
  • Add onion and sweet potato and sauté until onion is soft.
  • Add spices and cook, stirring, until mustard seeds start to pop.
  • Add lentils and stock and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add remaining vegetables and carrot pulp and simmer for another 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in spinach leaves until wilted.
  • Serve topped with coriander leaves.

Sweet Potato, Vegetable & Red Lentil Dhal

48 Comments on Autumn Sweet Potato, Vegetable & Red Lentil Dhal

  1. LindsayisVegan
    April 14, 2013 at 11:36 pm (11 years ago)

    Wow! That looks so tasty.

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      April 17, 2013 at 8:02 pm (11 years ago)

      And even better reheated the next day! (did I say that already??) NOM.

  2. Gabby @ the veggie nook
    April 15, 2013 at 1:50 am (11 years ago)

    That looks lovely! While we are supposed to be transitioning to hot weather here, it’s been so chilly! Therefore I am totally loving these flavours and ingredients 🙂

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      April 17, 2013 at 8:03 pm (11 years ago)

      Ooh, it’s definitely a good Springtime dinner while you’re waiting for the sunshine, Gabby!

  3. Meike
    April 15, 2013 at 4:06 am (11 years ago)

    I had to try… and loved it!
    Thank you so much!
    Your recipes are very inspiring.

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      April 17, 2013 at 8:04 pm (11 years ago)

      Oh, thank you so much, Meike and I’m so happy to hear you tried it and loved it. 🙂

  4. narf7
    April 15, 2013 at 8:03 am (11 years ago)

    We can ALL sparkle with autumnal food like this 🙂 Cheers for the wonderful share 🙂

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      April 17, 2013 at 8:04 pm (11 years ago)

      hehe, that’s the idea! Sparkle on, my friend. 🙂

  5. Sophie33
    April 15, 2013 at 4:02 pm (11 years ago)

    What a very appetizing bowl of this sweet potato & veggies red lentils dhal!

    Woehoe! It looks freaking delicious too! 🙂 MMMMMMM!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      April 17, 2013 at 8:05 pm (11 years ago)

      haha, it sooooo is, Sophie! Get it in your belly! 🙂

  6. Somer
    April 16, 2013 at 12:47 am (11 years ago)

    This is perfect for our wintery spring weather too. I’m still having trouble getting some of your posts to load from my reader 🙁 so if you don’t see comments on some of your stuff, that’s why.

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      April 17, 2013 at 8:07 pm (11 years ago)

      Oh POOP! So sorry about that, Somer. Damn Gremlins! Hopefully it’ll be all smoothed out pretty soon. Maybe I can tempt them out with dhal??

  7. Alana
    April 16, 2013 at 4:44 pm (11 years ago)

    Um… yum! I have been looking for a good dahl recipe to use up my lentils. I’m certainly making this one. Already added the ingredients to my shopping list. x

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      April 17, 2013 at 8:08 pm (11 years ago)

      haha, great to hear, Alana! It’s so simple and versatile. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. 🙂 x

  8. Brittany
    April 17, 2013 at 1:05 am (11 years ago)

    Yum yum yummmm!! This looks SOOO good, I cannot wait for the weather to get HOT in my area!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      April 17, 2013 at 8:11 pm (11 years ago)

      haha, I bet. I remember when you guys were bringing out the pumpkin recipes and all I could think was BEACH BEACH BEACH!
      Sending you lots of hurry-up-sunshine vibes, Britt. 🙂

  9. Annie
    April 17, 2013 at 9:23 pm (11 years ago)

    Love, love, love dhal – especially with loads of cilantro on top :-)!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      April 19, 2013 at 3:09 pm (11 years ago)

      It’s a winner and cilantro only makes everything better! 🙂

  10. Reia@TheCrueltyFreeReview
    April 18, 2013 at 9:28 am (11 years ago)

    Looks delish! It’s funny, you’re getting ready for autumn and in Colorado, we’re supposed to be in the full swing of spring but as I type this it’s 20 degrees and snowing. I could definitely use some of this warming dhal!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      April 19, 2013 at 3:10 pm (11 years ago)

      Oooh, you definitely need a piping hot bowl of this, STAT! 🙂

  11. Joey
    April 19, 2013 at 4:22 am (11 years ago)

    That does look so comforting! I love the way red lentils make everything feel so thick and nourishing – perfect for winter. The thing I love most about autumn though is the excuse to each big, hearty puddings again!

  12. Tim
    April 21, 2013 at 9:22 am (11 years ago)

    Really looking forward to summer myself. What a great dish with sweet potatoes. With cumin and cayenne pepper – sounds fantastic!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      April 23, 2013 at 11:49 am (11 years ago)

      Give it a try next Fall, Tim. It’s a delicious warmer. 🙂

  13. Kristy
    April 22, 2013 at 4:45 am (11 years ago)

    I love a good dahl and one packed with sweet potatoes sounds absolutely perfect! Yum!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      April 23, 2013 at 11:52 am (11 years ago)

      It’s the perfect combo! 🙂

  14. Jade
    April 29, 2013 at 11:06 am (11 years ago)

    Oh yeah, I can see this being cooked on the w/e 😀 xx

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      May 2, 2013 at 1:37 pm (11 years ago)

      I made a Yellow Split Pea version last night and it was delicious too! So many dahl possibilities! 🙂

  15. Sam
    June 17, 2013 at 4:48 am (11 years ago)

    I am attempting to make this dhal, but following the steps exactly it seems to be much more liquidy, as well as the vegetables are still full in size and don’t seem to be anywhere near the consistency in the photo. It is more of just a vegetable in broth kind of dish than a dhal soup. Any pointers? Steps I could have done wrong or left out?

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      June 17, 2013 at 8:50 am (11 years ago)

      Oh no, big hugs, Sam! The finished product should be more of a curry than a soup. The vegetables in the pic are still full in (chopped) size underneath all that lentil goodness.
      Are you definitely using dried red lentils? They should absorb all of the broth, but maybe try adding the broth a little at a time and see how that goes?

  16. Jenny Hogan
    December 23, 2013 at 3:06 pm (10 years ago)

    Just made this for dinner tonight. It’s very yummy, I keep tasting it, may not be much left by dinner!
    Thankyou for the recipe

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      December 23, 2013 at 4:12 pm (10 years ago)

      hehe, and who can blame you? So happy you’re enjoying it, Jenny! 🙂

  17. kiwisue629
    September 9, 2014 at 2:09 am (10 years ago)

    Absolutely devine. Great recipe to add to our vegetarian choices. I loved the variety of vegetables and flavours. Thanks

    • Vegan Sparkles
      September 11, 2014 at 1:48 pm (10 years ago)

      My absolute pleasure, Sue. So happy to hear you loved it as much as I do! 🙂 x

      • kiwisue629
        October 31, 2014 at 2:40 pm (9 years ago)

        This recipe allows your to substitute easily. Today I substituted carrots with zucchini, sweet potato with potato. Great recipe.

      • Vegan Sparkles
        November 2, 2014 at 12:39 pm (9 years ago)

        They sound like delicious substitutions, Sue. So happy to hear you enjoyed it. 🙂 x

  18. carolyn andrews
    October 4, 2014 at 7:09 pm (10 years ago)

    This is wonderful. The best dhal I have ever made.

    • Vegan Sparkles
      October 5, 2014 at 2:07 pm (10 years ago)

      Oh I’m so happy to hear that, Carolyn! 🙂 x

  19. linyo
    January 4, 2015 at 1:19 am (9 years ago)

    This recipe looks soooo good! I plan to make it for tomorrow! How many does this serve?

    • Vegan Sparkles
      January 4, 2015 at 11:04 am (9 years ago)

      It serves 2 – 4, Linyo, depending on whether you have it with rice, etc. Enjoy! x

  20. Ros
    March 11, 2015 at 6:20 pm (9 years ago)

    This was lovely. The first Dahl I have ever made. The lentil was a bit on the crunchy side but still very nice. I cut it down to 2/3 as there are only two of us and the freezer/fridge is full. There was more broth than I wanted (maybe the cider I was drinking had something to do with it). I boiled it down to the right consistency. Yummy!

    • Vegan Sparkles
      March 12, 2015 at 10:37 am (9 years ago)

      So happy to hear it, Ros! You can add any combo of veggies too – it’s a great one for using up the fridge contents in winter. 🙂 x

  21. Bronwyn
    September 21, 2017 at 10:22 am (7 years ago)

    This is one of my family’s staples and favourites. It is absolutely delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Vegan Sparkles
      September 21, 2017 at 5:54 pm (7 years ago)

      So happy to hear that, Bronwyn! 🙂 x

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