Kale and Sweet Potato Dahl Recipe

sweet potato and kale dahl recipe

Kale and sweet potato dahl a great cheap, quick and tasty dish that will warm you up on a winters day. I make in a pressure cooker (or InstantPot) so that it cooks a few minutes but it can be made in a normal pan.

A portion of this brightens up a grey cold day and contains over 3 portions of your recommended 10 a day.

sweet potato and kale dahl steaming

Leafy greens are one of the most nutrient-dense foods. I try to have some every day as they are loaded with so many vitamins and minerals.

Kale works great in this but all leafy greens are amazing for you so feel free to change to spinach, Collard Greens, cabbage or bok choy.

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I use sun-dried tomatoes in this dish as I always have them on hand and most tomatoes in the UK are pretty tasteless and the odd time I buy some expensive ones I feel its a shame to cook them. I use sundried tomatoes that are totally dry and not in oil or anything.

If you use fresh tomatoes then you may want to add some salt as sundried tomatoes are cured in salt so usually I don’t add any extra salt. In place of tomatoes, red peppers are also good.

sweet potato and kale dahl vegan and cheap

I often double the amount of cayenne pepper and turmeric in the ingredients to make it hot and full of nutritious spices. Turmeric has many health benefits that are not fully understood so I often add a pinch or five into most savoury dishes.

Buy your spices in bulk from an Asian supermarket and they will be a fraction of the cost and you save on wasteful packaging and transportation.

sweet potato dahl in pan

This is a great healthy lunch box dish, just make sure to use airtight containers. Also, it’s good frozen where it will last for 3 or so months. For some reason, this dish often tastes better as leftovers heated up. Maybe the spices blend and mature when left for longer to mingle?

Coconut butter is totally optional in this recipe but I like to add a bit at the end as a bit of fat enhances the taste and I like adding raw healthy fats rather than cooking with oil or fats. The coconut butter also adds a delicious coconut fragrance to the dish while not adding many calories per serving. See my recipe for coconut butter to make your own just by blending desiccated coconut.

Yield: 4 servings

Kale and Sweet Potato Dahl

sweet potato and kale dahl recipe

Quick, easy, healthy and cheap dahl curry that contains 3 portions of your 10 a day produce. This dish cooks in 4 minutes in a pressure cooker or 20 on the hob.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Additional Time 16 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 cup / 70g Kale, chopped
  • 1 cup / 190g Red split lentils
  • 3 cups / 350g / 2 medium Sweet potatoes, diced small
  • 8 Tomatoes, sun-dried or medium sized
  • 1 Onion
  • 4 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 1″ Ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tsp Garam masala
  • ½ tsp Turmeric
  • ½ tsp Cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp Black pepper
  • 4 cups / 1l Water
  • 1 tbsp Coconut butter, optional


  1. Add everything for the dahl apart from the kale into a pan.
  2. Either use a pressure cooker and bring to pressure then cook at high/setting 2 for 4 minutes. Then remove from heat and wait for the pressure to go down.
  3. Or use a pan, cover and cook for 20-25 mins until the lentils are tender.
  4. Take the lid off the cooked dhal, stir in the chopped kale and coconut butter. Let the residual heat wilt and melt them.
  5. Enjoy kale dahl straight away. Keep any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge where they will last a few days.

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 176Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 50mgCarbohydrates 36gFiber 10gSugar 12gProtein 9g
Kale and sweet potato dahl is a quick, easy, healthy and cheap plant protein meal. Can be made in a pressure cooker or instantpot very quickly or in a normal pan. Full of healthy greens and plant protein. #instantpot #plantprotein #dahl #vegan #healthy

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18 thoughts on “Kale and Sweet Potato Dahl”

  1. This looks absolutely delicious and I’d love to make it next week but the recipe doesn’t list any liquid as an ingredient. Is the 1l of black pepper a typo that should read water or vegetable stock? I want to make sure I get it right.

    1. Bastian Nest and Glow

      Sorry about that, I’ve been a bit under the weather and I missed that big error in my proofread. It should be 1L / 4 cups water. You can add stock if you prefer but I don’t tend to use stock and with the sundried tomatoes it doesn’t need any more salt 🙂 Happy cooking

  2. Absolutely fantastic! So delicious and very easy to make. It’s tasty on green pea pasta or chickpea pasta! Also, for anyone who’s thinking of omitting the coconut oil – I’d recommend leaving it in. You increase your absorption of beta carotene from the sweet potatoes with the added oil.

  3. Hi Bastion, thanks for the recipe. You say that you buy sun dried tomatoes without oil above. Please can you tell me where you source these as I have only ever seen them sold with oil in jars?

  4. This…is…seriously… THE…BOMB….. Oh my goodness. i have made it 2 days in a row and all my fussy 5 loved it. I seriously love you. can you come and live with me.
    Caz xxoo

    1. Oh wow that’s great to hear! Sadly the food in my house is often a disaster as I experiment a lot and have to eat all the duds – else it would be wasteful

  5. Hi there. I may have missed it but what exactly is a serving size for this. Getting ready to make it. Can’t wait! Thanks. 🙂

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