Spiced carrot & lentil soup

Spiced carrot & lentil soup

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

A delicious, spicy blend, packed full of iron and low fat to boot. It's ready in under half an hour or can be made in a slow cooker

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • To make dairy-free, see 'try' below
  • Vegetarian
  • Dairy-free
Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
238
protein
11g
carbs
34g
fat
7g
saturates
1g
fibre
5g
sugar
0g
salt
0.25g
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Ingredients

  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • pinch chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 600g carrots, washed and coarsely grated (no need to peel)
  • 140g split red lentils
  • 1l hot vegetable stock (from a cube is fine)
  • 125ml milk
  • plain yogurt and naan bread, to serve

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Method

  1. Heat a large saucepan and dry-fry the cumin seeds and chilli flakes for 1 min, or until they start to jump around the pan and release their aromas. Scoop out about half of the seeds with a spoon and set aside. Add the oil, carrot, lentils, stock and milk to the pan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 mins until the lentils have swollen and softened.
  2. Whizz the soup with a stick blender or in a food processor until smooth (or leave it chunky if you prefer). Season to taste and finish with a dollop of yogurt and a sprinkling of the reserved toasted spices. Serve with warmed naan breads.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2005

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cazrainbow's picture

love this - so easy, so tasty

princessbelle's picture
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this recipe was very easy to make although tasted a bit bland, next time i would not put as many lentils in as this took the flavour away from the carrots i thought. i prefered the other carrot and cumin soup on this site

cutemaomao's picture

me and my husband loved this soup very much. very easy to make and very tasty. we didnt put the yogurt though. but still tasty. will make again tomorrow.:)

tracylove's picture
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I found this rather bland im affraid !! Think i'll stick with the sweet potatoe and chilli soup in future.

harrybo1's picture

Really easy recipe with brilliant results. Very tasty, even for a carrot hating person like myself.
This is now a freezer staple and family fav!!!

kasiakoczwara's picture

really fab! i used powdered chilli and powdered cumin, with loads of black ground pepper- nice and spicy!

lyahna's picture
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a bit too thick so added more milk (used soya milk) although im sure this would not have greatly altered the consistency. Would definetly use more spice next time, served with rice and onion bahji it tastes great..
will definetly make again

kathryns's picture

Great recipe - very easy and very tasty. A real winter warmer.

ellingtonboots's picture
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Love this soup! I chopped the carrots and blended so it needed a little longer to simmer and added a little extra spice.

carolwilson's picture

I was looking for a carrot soup recipe as I had got 2 large packs of carrots on offer from the supermarket. It was lovely made loads and put in freezer to take to work for lunch. If its too thick just thin it down with stock or water its easy.

ayaori's picture
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I didn't have carrots, so I used 1 large potato and 1 red apple instead---and it was PERFECT! Absolutely delicious :)

ceebee's picture
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absolutely scrummy! This soup is the perfect 'winter warmer'. The spices give it a great kick!

mitchity40's picture
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I enjoyed this soup although next time i think i will add more chilli. The cumin flavour is delicious and got better the next day when i took it to work in a flask for lunch.

sarah82's picture
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I had to give this soup a go once I had read all the comments and seen the ratings and it really is as good as everyone says. Will definitely be making again!

pablo909's picture

Nice, but came out too thick.

lisamary's picture
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Just fab, delicious. I keep making massive batches of it, freezing individual portions and then taking to work for lunch. Dead easy to make, must confess haven't grated the carrots once, just chopped them, blender took care of them no problem.

schizopear's picture
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this was yummy. i was a little bit nervous about serving lentil soup to my partner but i didn't need to worry - he loved it! served it with some warmed naan breads.

ghensler's picture
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it was delicious, we had a tin of lentils that we put in worked perfectly it was so quick and easy. Thought it would last us a couple of days but ate in one go!!! Definitely will make again

sarahbentley's picture
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This soup is delicious. I don't use the oil and it tastes fab without. Perfect for a winter warmer

littleprawn's picture
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Absolutley gorgeous and my favourite carrot soup recipe by far. Delicious with warmed naan bread on the side - yum yum!

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