Indian sweet potato & dhal pies

Indian sweet potato & dhal pies

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(84 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 2

Spiced red lentil dhal is topped with creamy sweet potato mash in these individual vegetarian pies - a cheap weeknight dinner option

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal565
  • fat4g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs104g
  • sugars41g
  • fibre20g
  • protein19g
  • salt2.1g


  • 650g sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks
    Sweet potatoes

    Sweet potato

    sweet po-tate-toe

    Sweet potatoes have a creamy texture and a sweet-spicy flavour that makes them ideal for savoury…

  • 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 carrots, scrubbed, halved and sliced lengthways



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 15g ginger, finely grated



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 85g red lentils
  • good handful coriander, chopped, plus sprigs to serve
  • generous spoonful 0% fat Greek-style yogurt
  • broccoli, to serve (optional)



    Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…


  1. Place the sweet potato in a pan of boiling water and cook for 15 mins, or until tender.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion and carrot, for 2 minutes, then add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring for 1 min more. Tip in the curry powder, stir round the pan then add 750ml of the boiling water with the stock cube, tomato purée and lentils. Cover the pan and boil for 20 mins until the vegetables are tender and the liquid has been absorbed. Stir in the chopped coriander.

  3. When the sweet potatoes are cooked, drain and mash them with the yogurt and seasoning.

  4. Spoon the lentil mix into one big or two individual dishes then top with the sweet potato mixture, scatter with the coriander and serve with broccoli, if you like.

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Michael Morar's picture
Michael Morar
15th Feb, 2020
Delicious and easy to make - the family loved it.
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David Williams
19th Jan, 2020
Beautiful just remember to give it a stir to stop the lentils sticking
18th Sep, 2019
I was dubious as to how tasty this would be but it was absolutely delicious! Like another reviewer, the lentils stuck to the pan (non stick) and after taking the lid off after the 20 mins I had to reduce it down a bit as it was a bit watery. But still 5 stars as it ticks a 5 a day box and was really tasty and filling - I put it into 3 dishes instead of 4 but it was sooo filling it definitely serves 4! Which also makes it great value too.
owl 456
29th Jan, 2019
I forgot to rate, definitely 5 stars!
owl 456
29th Jan, 2019
Absolutely loved this,although I wasn’t sure about it initially.Lovely texture and taste and the quantities were perfect.I followed the recipe and found it turned out just right
27th Jan, 2019
It was nice to try something new. My husband referred to this as sweet potato 'stovies'. Lentils stuck to the (non-stick) pan a bit.
24th Aug, 2018
We really like this dish, have made it several of times now, I chop and change curry powders / spice mixes (dependent on what i have in the cupboard etc.) and have started making it with mixed vegetable mash (instead of sweet potato) plus i also do it as a make ahead dish and reheated in the oven as you would a Shepard/cottage pie.
18th Jul, 2018
very tasty recipe the sweet potato balances the taste of the dhal, i just create my dhal and the potato mash and serve i don't bother roasting together, also have used natural yogurt instead of greek also tastes great
22nd May, 2018
Really delicious, tastes just as good with white potatoes too! However, I would say the carrots taste much better when they are chopped into small cubes as then they are soft all the way through.
30th Apr, 2017
Delicious! I didn't have any curry powder, so used a heaped spoon on korma curry paste, and 1tsp of hot chilli powder. It was so tasty my husband licked the plate clean! It made enough for 4 dinners too. Served with greens. Will definitely make again.


11th May, 2017
Can this be frozen?
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22nd May, 2017
Thanks for your question. If we think a dish is just as good frozen then we put a star just above the nutritional information. In this case, you can still freeze, it may not be quite as moist on reheating but will still taste delicious!
7th Jan, 2015
Very tasty. I added puy lentils as well as red lentils for a bit of bite, and some mixed spice to the mash for added richness. Would work with any pulses.
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