Published Apr 4th
Prep 20m Cook 1h Additional - Ready In 1h 20m
Servings 6 servings Calories 212.4

This is a hearty soup of yellow lentils and sweet potatoes. Adjust the seasoning as you like with the jalapeno, and garnish with your choice of cilantro or green onions.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups dry yellow lentils
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tomato, finely chopped
  • 3 fresh jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely diced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Rinse lentils under running water; drain. Place lentils, 2 1/2 cups water, and turmeric in a medium pot, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and cook until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes.
  2. 2 Meanwhile, place cubed sweet potato in a steamer over 1 inch of boiling water. Cover and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes (time may vary depending on size of potato pieces). Once tender, mash sweet potato and lentils together; set aside.
  3. 3 Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat, and cook the onion until lightly browned. Stir in tomato, jalapenos, salt, and pepper, and continue cooking another 3 to 5 minutes. Place lentils, vegetables, and potatoes in a stockpot over medium heat. Stir in water as needed to attain desired consistency. Serve warm with cilantro or green onions.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 212.4
  • Carbohydrate 31.7 g
  • Fat 5.1 g
  • Fiber 11 g
  • Protein 11.7 g
  • Saturated Fat 0.8 g
  • Sodium 404.4 mg
  • Sugar 4.7 g


  1. I doubled the recipe added more turmeric used fewer jalapeno peppers because I was afraid they'd add too much heat. Turned out really bland. I tossed in a bunch of garlic in oil from a jar and quite a lot of cinnamon--better but still bland. I felt I had to save this large amount of - Read more ...
  2. The taste is great! I used yellow split peas for lack of yellow lentils and that may be why I needed extra liquid in this! I'll be making this again!
  3. Use a full bag of lentils. Cooked them a long time with Vegetable broth stock and 3 1/4 Tsp of Tumeric. Used three fresh chopped and seeded tomatoes and diced carrots. Followed the recommendations of 3 jalapenos (fresh) and 4 cloves of diced garlic. Microwaved two large sweet potatoes which I blended in by hand - Read more ...
  4. Delicious!! I had to make some changes since my market didn't have fresh jalapenos. Used a small can of nacho jalapenos and 3 habanero peppers. Also added extra tumeric and about 2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper. Very filling and soo easy!
  5. YUM! I have a big bowl of this right now and am really enjoying it. A few changes I made: 1) I used 2 sweet potatoes and microwaved them to save time and dishes. 2) I sauteed a ton of garlic in with the veggies - about 4 cloves worth! 3) I added a ton - Read more ...
  6. I used a can of diced tomatoes with jalepeno peppers since I didn't have either ingredient and this worked out well. I also sauteed some garlic and ginger with the onions and added extra black and cayenne pepper. I blended all of the ingredients using an immersion blender (which is the best investment if you - Read more ...
  7. I thought this was very good especially with some fresh cilantro. Next time I will add more turmeric and another jalapeno.
  8. This one's definitely a keeper! I microwaved the sweet potato to save time and dishes and then just squeezed it out of its skin into the pot with the lentils before mashing. At the end I used vegetable broth instead of water (but only a little so that the dhal was very thick). I used - Read more ...
  9. This a spicy filling soup.I blended the soup after cooking and used quite a lot of pepper.I live in England and several of my asian friends make an almost identical soup as an old Indian family recipe-very authentic. Great if you are on Weight Watchers as both lentils and sweet potatoes are 'free foods' if - Read more ...
  10. Though this takes several steps, the results are well worth it. We actually completed the recipe in less than an hour, and used a hand-blender instead of mashing the sweet potatoes & lentils. The flavors are perfect together-hearty, nutritious and spicy(but not too). One of the most delicious soups we have made from an - Read more ...

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