Sweet Potato Jackets with Dhal


Sweet Potato Jackets with Dhal - Recipe by Valli Little

'This recipe makes more dhal than you need to serve with the sweet potatoes, but it keeps well in an airtight container in the fridge for a couple of days, and makes a delicious lunch or supper on its own.'



  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. 
  2. Coat the sweet potatoes with a little oil. Place on a baking tray and bake for 45 minutes or until tender. 
  3. Meanwhile, to make the dhal, heat the ghee or oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring from time to time, for 2–3 minutes until softened. Add the garlic, ginger and coriander roots and stalks and cook, stirring, for a further minute until fragrant. Add the turmeric, cumin, curry powder and curry leaves and continue cooking for 1 minute. Add the carrot, lentils and 4 cups (1 litre) cold water. Bring to a simmer then reduce the heat to low and cook, covered, for 15–20 minutes, stirring from time to time to prevent catching, until the lentils are tender. Add the tomatoes and spinach and cook for a further 5 minutes until the spinach has wilted. 
  4. Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven. Using a sharp knife, make a slit lengthways down each and press the sides to make a cavity to hold the filling (use a clean tea towel to protect your hands as the sweet potatoes will be hot). 
  5. To serve, spoon some dhal into each sweet potato, dollop with yoghurt, scatter with coriander leaves and fried curry leaves, if using.


Recipe reproduced courtesy of ABC Books, from Valli Little’s My Kind of Food, published April 2017. Photography by Alan Benson and styling by David Morgan.

Ingredients for Sweet Potato Jackets with Dhal

Sweet Potatoes Kumera (min 1kg pack)

$4.49 ea

Pepe Saya - Ghee (190ml)

$10.99 ea

Banaban - Coconut Oil Extra Virgin (400ml)

$9.49 ea

Colavita - Oil Olive (500mL)

$8.49 ea

Onions Brown (each)

$0.50 ea

Garlic (head)

$1.12 ea

Coriander (bunch)

$3.49 ea

Turmeric (min 100g)

$2.00 ea

Spice & Co (70g) Turmeric Ground

$2.99 ea

Spice & Co (50g) Cumin Ground

$2.99 ea

Curry Leaves (packet)

$3.99 ea

Carrots Loose (each)

$0.51 ea

Galaxy - Red Lentils (1kg)

$4.99 ea

Tomatoes (each)

$1.02 ea

Salad Baby Spinach Organic Prepack (120g)

$5.69 ea

Garlic Organic (head)

$5.60 ea

Onions Red Spanish Organic (each)

$0.50 ea