Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Chard Dal

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Chard Dal

I’m back! The good news is that I wasn’t writing here because I had so many writing gigs. I’m ready to get back to writing my own stuff and cooking in my slow cooker too. Thank all of you for your support and visiting the site while I was away!


Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Chard Dal - Updated Version

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Serves: Serves about 6 with rice

  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon cumin
  • Pinch of chili powder
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 large sweet potato, diced
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard, washed, chopped, and spun dry
  • 11⁄2 cups (338 g) yellow split peas
  • 4 cups (940 ml) water
The night before:
  1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat and sauté the onion with the garam masala, turmeric, cumin, chili powder, and salt until translucent, 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  3. Combine the cut-up vegetables in a separate airtight container and store in the refrigerator.
In the morning:
  1. Combine the sautéed onion, sweet potato, split peas, and water in the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
  3. About 20 minutes before serving, add the chard and cook until tender, about 20 minutes.
  4. Taste and adjust the seasonings.


  1. says

    I’m so happy to see you back! Very glad you weren’t away for bad reasons, I was a little worried.
    I’ve been coming back and checking, and of course using recipes and getting ideas.

    I had surgery recently and using the crockpot is great to help my poor husband. I was out of commission for a few weeks before the surgery and now it’s been a couple of weeks after the surgery and I’m just starting to get around, I’m good in the morning, but by the evening I’m exhausted from the pain. My darling husband has been wonderful, trying to do everything, but I heard him mumble the other night…”I hate to cook” Mainly I think he hates to cook after he has had such a hard day at work and had to take care of me and the house…. So I thought I could help by putting some things in the crockpot. Tonight’s the first night. I soaked a pot of beans last night…now how to season them, and then let them go, of course that’s why I’m here, how am I going to season them?

    again glad to see you are here! I have you on reader so I’ll be sure to see all your recipes.

  2. says

    I was popping in to say I’d tried this stew and loved it, but I see my post from Homemakers Who Work already linked over here.

    FYI, if you’re ever low on split peas and want it a little thicker, throw in a scant handful of bulgar. Quite tasty!

  3. Cheryl says

    Hi, Kathy! I’ve been thinking about this recipe for a while now. I knew I’d have to make it when husband is out of town, because he (IRRATIONALLY) dislikes sweet potatoes! I made it last night for dinner and my boys went crazy over it! They loved it. I did not add the chard because they are a bit picky, but I did serve it over basmati rice. Great, filling meal for 2 teenage boys. Oh, and they ate the leftovers for lunch WITHOUT me forcing them to!!
    I love the beautiful blueberry oatmeal on your blog header!
    Talk to you soon!!

  4. says

    Hi! I rec’d your cookbook as a gift and it’s wonderful! I just tried my first recipe – Sweet Potato and Chard Dal.

    The instructions are perfect and I love the way it is written.

    My only comments are that I should have added more salt. It was hard to tell how much to add. 1 teaspoon or 1 and half teaspoon maybe?

    We also had this over brown rice, which is usually our preference, but next time I would have this over white basmati rice probably.

    Looking forward to trying more recipes!

    • Kathy Hester says

      It’s so great to hear from you! What I do when I salt to taste is to add about 1/2 the amount I think I’ll need, taste it, add more if needed and taste it again until it’s just right for me. I tend to like things on the less salty side, but you can make it just the way you like it!

  5. says

    Hi! Thanks for your reply. I just wanted to say that tonight we tried the pot pie and my husband loved it!!! 3/4 of the recipe b/c the frozen veggies we had was 12oz. i was counting on leftovers to roll into lunch but no leftovers!! :) (i also ended up just baking the biscuits in the toaster oven at 400 for around 12mins) Would have cooked them as you suggested but the hubby was huuuuungry.

    we are also going to try the zucchini and carrot cake oatmeal tonight for breakfast tomorrow.

    thank you for giving me more ME time with your recipes!

  6. Hilda says

    Hi, I’m looking forward to trying this! Do you think the Swiss Chard culd be replaced with Kale in this recipe?

  7. Kelly L says

    Hello –

    Did you use a 4 qt or 6 qt slow cooker for this recipe? Also, how many people would you say this serves? Can it be ‘halved’ easily?



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