This is a hearty soup of dal and sweet potatoes. Adjust the seasoning as you like with the chillies and garnish with your choice of fresh coriander or green onions.
You can use Toor dal, which is the most widely used dal in the country. You could, also substitute chane ki daal (yellow split peas) in a pinch.
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 allrecipes.com recipe. Thanks! - 20 Oct 2004 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
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 like to make soups and smoothies). Soup turned out wonderfully! - 27 Mar 2008 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
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! - 13 Jan 2011 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)