Chunky Sweet Potato Soup

Indo Mexican fusion recipe that is hearty and filling yet figure friendly, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free. Packed with nutrition and all your favorite Mexican flavors too!

Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, wholesome, filling and simply scrumptious soup, packed with Indian and Mexican flavors!
Chunky Sweet Potato Soup

Spring seems to be SO far away! As I write this, we have had a major snow storm. Check out this view outside our side door. Those branches bent under the heavy wet snow belong to our 10 feet tall Rose of Sharon.

We ย have no electricity, phones or wi-fi. and spoiled as we are with all the modern conveniences, we seem to wander around the house not knowing what to do …until we realize we betterย  start digging ourselves out ๐Ÿ™‚

Making hearty soup during a snow storm!
View out the side door yesterday

So I was able to cook this hearty, vegetarian, wholesome Indo Mexican soup that will keep us warm and full too.

As I made several soups for our family over the years, I have discovered that cooked masoor dal is my favorite โ€˜go toโ€™ soup base. ย It is vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, all natural, boosts the protein content, adds texture and taste, cooks super-fast and whisks smooth. It also infuses whatever flavors you add to it. I add turmeric to it for an extra health boost! ย Also, you can cook a big batch and freeze individual portions so you have this soup base ready at your fingertips when you need it. Isnโ€™t that fabulous?

I added sweet potato chunks, black beans, corn and our favorite Mexican flavors like chipotle in adobo and cumin powder to it this time. Tender cooked crisp zucchini, avocado, scallions and tortilla chips top this soup to add texture and fun!

In true Indfused style, this soup is loaded with healthy, locally available ingredients, is filling yet light and super scrumptious!

Hope you enjoy it too.

Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, wholesome, filling and simply scrumptious soup, packed with Indian and Mexican flavors!

Chunky Sweet Potato Soup

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1/2 cup masoor dal/ red lentils, washed and drained
  • 3 cups water, divided
  • ยฝ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Sea salt as per taste
  • ยฝ cup peeled sweet potato cut in ยฝ inch cubes. I used Trader Joes organic sweet potatoes
  • 1 garlic clove finely minced
  • ยฝ cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen (defrosted)
  • ยพ teaspoon roasted cumin seed powder
  • ยฝ teaspoon chipotle in adobo (or to taste)
  • 1 cup cooked black beans home cooked or canned low sodium black beans. I cook a big batch and freeze in small portions in freezer bags.
  • ยพ cup cubed zucchini
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Sliced avocado, scallions and tortilla chips for topping

To make the Chunky Sweet Potato Soup-

  1. In a sauce pan combine the masoor dal with 2 cups of the water, turmeric and sea salt. Cook over medium heat. When the water comes to a boil, reduce heat and cook partially covered until the masoor dal is cooked, about 10 to 12 minutes. I cook this soup base in a large batch and freeze in smaller portion sizes, so I have this healthy soup base at my fingertips for many of Indfusedโ€™s soups. Whisk with a wire whisk so the mixture is smooth and silky, taking care as the mixture is hot.
  2. Add the additional 1 cup water, turn up heat to medium, and add the cubed sweet potato and the minced garlic. Let it cook until the sweet potato is soft but not mushy.
  3. Add the corn kernels, let cook for 2 minutes and then add the cumin seed powder, chipotle in adobo, black beans and zucchini. Cook until the zucchini is just tender crisp, about 2 minutes or so.
  4. Add the lemon juice, stir and serve topped with the sliced avocado, scallions and tortilla chips.
  5. Enjoy!

Stay warm everyone. I hear that we may have another storm next week. We sure will appreciate spring even more when it finally arrives!




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  1. Your presentation alone makes me want to prepare this now! Missing many of the ingredients! I will try it for our next storm.

  2. Hope you stay safe and warm during the storm Sandhya. The soup looks perfect , love all the wonderful ingredients healthy and filling ๐Ÿ˜Š

    1. Thanks so much! Truly appreciate it. Another 10 inches of snow tonight!
      I am happy we love this soup so much…making another pot of soup tonight ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Shobha. Yes it is a filling soup but still figure friendly! I try to do that as i love food so much ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. The look itself is very tempting Sandhya ๐Ÿ’ฏ and sounds interesting too…I have never tried with sweet potato, I ll definitely give it a go๐Ÿ’ฏ

    1. Thanks so much! It really tastes awesome. Do give it a try.
      I am having a tough time reaching your blog.

  4. Since I saw your pictures of this gorgeous soup I was itching to see the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚ As sweet potato being favourite in the house, this soup will be a treat for the family ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Jagruti! We love sweet potatoes too and this soup is our new fav.
      Another 10 inches of snow tonight for us…glad I have my sweet potatoes ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks. Now that we have our power back, things are returning to normal.
      Do try this soup next season. It is delicious.

    1. Thanks so much Ruchi. We are expecting another snow storm tonight!
      I hear it is very hot there, right?

  5. Oh my Sandhya!! Whenever I hear how New England is being zapped with all that snow, my thoughts immediately turn to you. The 3rd Nor’easter of the season? We were supposed to get a bit of that last night too, but it just ended up raining. You poor things! The soup definitely looks like it would have done the trick for me with all that snow. It’s so colorful, nutritious and comforting. I love red lentils too. Great idea to just cook a batch and freeze it in portions. I cooked some last night with cabbage, would never have thought to put those 2 together, the results were amazing. I saw that you had another foot or so last night? Gosh when will it end eh? By the way, your Rose of Sharon will bounce right back, they are the hardiest bush I know. A lovely view with all that snow too, looking from the inside.

    1. Thanks so much Loretta. You are such a sweet and dear friend. 3rd Nor’easter in 2 weeks.
      We cannot believe spring is round the corner! We sure will enjoy it even more. I took some pictures of the snow this morning. Looks beautiful!
      On the positive side, everyone is home together during such huge storms, enjoying the warmth and food.
      This time the snow was not wet and heavy like the last time and we did not lose power….and the Rose of Sharon has already picked itself up!

  6. Chunky Sweet potato soup looks filing for a brunch or for a late night dinner.. mexican recipes always have a heavenly combination of spices.. this recipe is apt for the cold weather.. Hope you guys are safe..

  7. I dont mind inviting myself to your place for this ultimate soup. Havent prepared soup with sweet potato since a while. Tempting bowl there.

  8. Oh my I know it must be tiring with all that snow. I hope spring is here — sooner than later.
    Soup looks so hearty and comforting. Perfect to slurp on in the cold New England weather.

  9. Love the combination of sweet potatoes and dal..Bookmarking this to try soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Simple, easy, tasty, healthy, tempting!!!!
    Tempting click is pushing me to the kitchen to make the soup with masoor dal as a base. Never tried, even adding of sweet potatoes! I can live on soups and salads like these.
    May be I am not lucky to get those Mexican flavors here, will manage with Indian ingredients .

  11. Sandy – loved how you have used lal masoor here. I ahve never used sweet potatoes in cooking but this recipe is inspiring me to use these in cooking more.. this soup looks very comforting.

  12. Love the combination of lentils and veggies. The weather was indeed horrible and I hope this soup gave you and family some respite in that bitter cold. I don’t enjoy too much snow or winters just like you and prefer the heat instead. This certainly was not something anyone anticipated and hopefully all of you sailed through it just fine. Cheers and take care dear!

  13. with those icy clicks I am feeling to have this soup right away and make myself warmer. In soup sweet potato did not think ever. Liked it.

    1. Thanks Swati. Hope you were okay during the snow storm. We lost power during one of the storms.

  14. Looks so filling and sumptuous Sandhya!! Love Mexican soup, but your take with masoor and sweet potatoes sounds healthy and yummy! Nice fusion dear ๐Ÿ™‚ The snow outside your home looks so beautiful; reminds me of my days in Denver! Cannot wait to enjoy these scenes this winter!!! Hopefully, we will not be without power (or water) this season!

  15. I hope you and your family must have enjoyed this healthy and delicious soup. I love snow, but sometimes, it causes real inconveniences. Stay warm and comfortable. Coming to the soup, it’s so inviting, I loved your toppings. Most of my favorite ingredients are there. Thanks for the recipe.

  16. Sweet potato, corn and masoor dal combination sounds scrumptious and healthy. Clicks are so inviting. Lovely share…

  17. Masoor dal makes a perfect base for soups and sauces..loved this flavorful, filling and super healthy sweet potato soup. Bookmarking the recipe Sandhya .Thanks for the share .

  18. Such a hearty and scrumptious soup, perfect for that horrible weather. I am sure this wonderful combination of masoor dal, veggies and sweet potato would have comforted you and your family with that much needed warmth. Hope things are now better at your end.

  19. wow so much snow. So far I have seen snow fall in jammu let see if in Autin I witness snowfall. Looks so chilled. Soup made with sweet potato making me feel like having now itself. In the night now I am craving for this yummy bowl.

    1. Thanks Bhawana. I am not crazy about the snow anymore. Would love to be in Austin weather ๐Ÿ™‚ This soup tastes awesome. Do try it.

  20. Hope you are all safe Sandhya during the storm. A perfect soup for the cold windy weather.I love sweet potato but never tried soup. Bookmarking this wonderful recipe.Thanks for the fab share.

  21. That’s one hearty and filling soup Sandhya, just love it can be a comforting meal on its own. Adding avocado on top is like an extra treat. Though the weather in Mombasa never gets cold to the point where I need a sweater, a little bit of rain and my soup making begins! That’s the only way we can enjoy hot soups in a hot country.

    1. Soup seems perfect during the rain too, right? It is getting cold here now and I am not a winter person…wish I was in Mombasa, Mayuri!

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