Instant Pot Sweet Potato Pie Dal Soup


Sweet potato pie meets red lentil dal and falls in love. ❤️

The result: this cinnamon and nutmeg spiced, brown sugar-sweetened, sweet potato pie dal soup.

instant pot sweet potato pie dal soup

I have a very special announcement to make.

Exactly nine months ago, Sweet Potato Pie eloped with Red Lentil Dal. While I was initially a bit resentful about not being invited to the wedding (considering the two met in MY kitchen), all hurt feelings melted away after meeting their new little one, Sweet Potato Pie Dal Soup.

I’m completely smitten and also thrilled about sharing this wonderful news with you (with their permission, of course). You guys. Their sweetie pie is such a doll dal.

instant pot sweet potato pie dal soup

(For the record, I feel silly calling this dish a “dal soup,” but it’s not quite dal, and it’s different from what you’d expect of soup. And yes, the name “dal soup” is the only thing I feel silly about. It’s totally normal that I’m imagining pies and soups, getting married, and having food babies).

instant pot sweet potato pie dal soup

My husband and I aren’t really sure which one of us our children look like (sometimes both, sometimes neither lol). But Sweet Potato Pie Dal is positively the perfect blend of both parents.

Sweet and smooth like mom and savory and spicy like dad dal. These two delicious recipes have produced a recipe that’s truly one of a kind: a thick and velvety red lentil soup.

I mean, it’s not every day that you find a bowl of dal that calls for both vanilla extract and brown sugar. These ingredients, along with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne, ginger, and garam masala, create a uniquely flavored dal soup that is unlike anything you’ve tried before.

I can’t wait for you to meet this sweet and spicy little bundle of dal.

instant pot sweet potato pie dal soup

Instant Pot Sweet Potato Pie Dal Soup

instant pot sweet potato pie dal soup

Instant Pot Sweet Potato Pie Dal Soup

This sweet potato red lentil dal soup is thick, velvety, and warming.
5 from 8 reviews
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Cuisine Indian



  • Add all of the ingredients to the instant pot and mix well.
  • Secure the lid, close the pressure valve, and cook for 6 minutes at high pressure.
  • Naturally release pressure or wait 10 minutes then release pressure.
  • Use an immersion blender to puree until smooth. You can add water to the pot if you'd like a thinner consistency.
  • Garnish with cilantro. 



This dal will thicken quite a bit as it cools (due to the red lentils). You will need to thin it out with water or vegetable broth when reheating.
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  1. Erika says

    5 stars
    I made this on the stove top- it was super-easy! The only thing I changed was using 1 tsp of coconut sugar. This worked great! I will definitely make it again.

  2. Sukhinder says

    Ashley, I tried your lentil sweet potato recipe today; I made my own onion ginger garlic masala but all else was as per your recipe EXCEPT I did not want to add vanilla and brown sugar as I was afraid it may turn out too sweet. Soup turned out delicious but it was certainly missing something so I added little bit vanilla, just a tad and one teaspoon brown sugar,,it absolutely changed the taste,,,love it😋😋

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Sukhinder, I’m so glad you made it! And happy you tried the vanilla and brown sugar! Thank you for letting me know how it turned out for you – and for trusting my unusual ingredients lol!

  3. Archana says

    Hi Ashley,
    This looks interesting. Can I substitute pumpkin for sweet potatoes as there is a pumpkin season going on and I bought a pumpkin from farmers market. Actually I was looking for Indian style pumpkin soup recipe.

  4. Anita says

    5 stars
    Hello Ashley.
    This is a great idea. Am going to try this.
    So funny.. I just made Tovar daal and for the first time I put some red lentils and it came out lovely and had it with rice.

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