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

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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jaspercat2002's picture
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A big favourite in this house! Hearty, warming and cheap.

linoret's picture

Fabulous soup! We just loved it!! Also I make it with sweet potatotes, it tastes great.

curlynoodles's picture
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Yummy healthy & an easy soup to make!

hannahwilson's picture
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This was the first time I made soup from scratch rather than get it out of the tin and I am a convert. 100% delicious even with ground cumin rather than cumin seeds.

littlelouise's picture
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SO simple to make and easy to get on the table in 30 mins. was really tasty with the naan bread as suggested, will try a peshwari naan next time. Mmmmm.

liezeldutoit's picture
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I liked this soup, but I thought the cumin was overwhelming. I didn't blend it because I thought the texture was perfect. I served it with naan, which worked well. Next time I will use more chili, I think the soup can handle the extra heat, especially when served when a dollop of creme fraiche (or natural yoghurt)

tarhonya's picture
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We eat a soup as a main meal twice a week and I am always looking for new ideas. Loved the toasted seeds on the top- used half cumin half caraway (favourite). Forgot to get naan bread , made croutons out of a day old sourdough bread- delicious!

jaymaywin's picture

Yummy, easy to make, economical and usually have all the ingredients in the cupboard. Everyone enjoyed this.

emilapham's picture
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Fantastic recipe, quick, easy, tasty and healthy what more can you ask for. I take it to work for my lunch and it sees me through to my evening meal. I haven't changed a thing as its perfect as it is with or without the yoghurt.

ilyria's picture
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Found this really really easy to cook and all who ate it agreed it was lovely. considering that I am notorious amongst my friends for culinary disasters (exploding ovens, burnt food, food that arrives 3 hours late) - I would say that if I can cook this and make it good, anyone can!

pannahussain's picture
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Delicious soup.
Perfect winter warmer and very easy to make.
Didn't change recipie.

renomate's picture
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Yummy, this was hearty and healthy, we all loved it.

damson's picture
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Really easy and tastes delicious - perfect for winter

forbairt's picture
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Tasty :)

First taste of this was meh its ok ... then I sat down to a bowl of it and my god it was good. Also way too simple to make. This heralds an end hopefully to me buying fresh soup / tinned soup anymore :)

Its also extremely cheap to make and damn filling :)

millymolly99's picture
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Love this soup, I have made it a few times now, it's so easy. Like some of the other comments I add a little extra and stock and omitt the oil. I freeze it in single servings and just lift a tub out of the freezer in the morning and heat up at work for lunch

wendypatterson's picture
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Fully agree - a delicious, heart-warming soup. My local shop didn't have cumin seeds or chilli flakes so I used ground but have now stocked up on seeds and flakes for next time. I think I undercooked the carrots because the texture was rather 'bitty' after a fair time in the blender but we still really enjoyed it. My ancient food processor grates very finely so I used the slicer and probably should have cooked the carrots first.

happydays95's picture
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Made this today for lunch as the snow is falling outside. Hubby and I really enjoyed this soup, although,I must say it is an acquired taste..... made Herb bread to accompany it, and lunch was a great success. Have enough soup for a later day, so will pop it in the freezer.

cakeyshoes's picture
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my all time fave soup recipe from GF, hearty warming and full of flavour. not sure why other reviewers found it to be bland and tasteless. i have made this on countless occasions and all who have tried it love it.

aliceniven's picture
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Rather disappointing.

angelafield's picture
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I have to agree with Yvonne-S, I make a lot of soups and I found this soup incredibly sweet and very bland at the same time.

I also found that the soup was a bit chalky (not sure if this is down to the lentils).

I will not be making this again either, however there are some lovely soups on here, which I have made and shall continue to make.

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