Campfire Favourite: our Sweet Potato Dahl Recipe!

For those who have been to one of our Corporate Development events or an Bushcraft Skills day- you’re probably familiar with our Sweet Potato Dahl recipe! It’s always a winner. Tasty, filling and relatively easy to prepare- it was originally intended to be a vegan/vegetarian option- but is popular with everyone- regardless of dietary preference or needs! Originally it was a recipe that Aimee from Baby Moon suggested, a distant memory makes me think she cooked it during one event or another- that inspired me to go away and find a recipe- since then its acclaim has increased!

A one pot favourite for the camp fire- the recipe cards we use often go missing! What really appeals to me is that it uses fresh ingredients and provides a really good balance between protein, carbohydrate and fat- the gentle spice has a wonderful warming effect on a chilly Winter day.

– 2 large sweet spuds (cubed)
– 4 red onions (chopped)
– 1 red chilli (finely chopped)
– 4 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
– thumb sized piece fresh ginger (finely chopped)
– 1 teaspoon turmeric
– 1 teaspoon cumin
– 1 tin chopped tomatoes
– 1 tin coconut milk
– 250g red lentils (feel free to add more for to bulk the dish out!)

Chuck it all in a stock pot, add water just below the level of the ingredients and let it simmer until the sweet potato is soft (about 45 minutes); by adding more lentils and leaving to simmer for about an hour- some of the sweet potato breaks down to form a lovely thick base. If you’d like to, you can add a handful of spinach just before serving!

Being in a forest or on an expedition means that keeping the washing up to a minimum is always a bonus- the dahl can be eaten from just a bowl, using only a spoon. Some simple flat breads make a lovely dunking accompaniment to the dahl, if you like it a little spicier then a splodge of sour cream or natural yogurt gives a lovely texture and flavour twist to the dahl.


… would love to see pics of your dishes- especially if you’ve made them over a campfire having an adventure!

PS: if anyone can shed some light on the spelling I’d love to hear: so far I’ve seen it spelled as Dal and Dhal, but have opted for dahl as that seems the most popular!

PPS: please stop taking the recipe cards now! We must have lost at least 50!

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