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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claraclutt's picture

added onions and left out the milk.delicious soup,have made it several times.my 15 month old daughter loves it too!

krieken's picture
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Excellent for cold, wet dreadful days or after a long walk outside. Easy, filling and delicious.

mariabernadette's picture
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I make a lot of soups and have never used milk in the way suggested in the recipe. I really liked the rich texture and flavour it gave, but rest of family didn't like it so much. Looks like I'll be eating the left overs which is fine by me. Didn't bother grating the carrots. Just chopped them and cooked for ten minutes at the beginning.

tangopat's picture
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Made this in advance of our going to a football match on what must have been the worst day of the year weatherwise! Brilliantly warming to come back to - have recommended it to all the family.

sweetpickle123's picture
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I Love this Soup - for a bit of extra warmth try adding a small de-seeded chilli when you add the carrots.

sanddancer's picture
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Lovely. I thought I'd have some left over but everyone had seconds.

sar4963's picture
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Love this recipe! It's so easy and it tastes delicious. Have had to copy recipe out for lots of friends after they tasted it. I tend to add a good dollop of sweet chilli sauce at the end rather than use chilli flakes.

whowpink's picture
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Made this for my husband's lunch on a very wet, miserable day. Just what was needed - it was warming and yummy and so quick to make. I forgot to add the olive oil (!) next time I make it I think I'd leave it out again, it was delicious as it was.

wandafawl's picture
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Simply delicious and deliciously simple - everyone loved this, including the carnivores in my family. I added extra chilli flakes, was generous with the cumin seeds, and used the coconut milk option instead of ordinary milk. Wonderful - now a firm favourite.

casper07's picture

made this suop for first time yesterday,very easy to make and tasted really lovely. A really healthy lunch.

purdey1's picture

my hubby and I try to have mostly low fat food
so found this tasty soup ideal for a nice lunch
and its healthy.

reddeb1's picture
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Great soup - if you like cumin (which I DO!). Lovely with some warm naan, as suggested.

Nectarine Tart's picture
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Great soup, very easy to make, and it's cheap and filling!

mother_ship's picture
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Really tasty! I left out the chili as I needed young children to eat it, and added an onion and some garlic. The cumin works really well with the carrot.

mizspoilt's picture
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oops forgot to rate it!

mizspoilt's picture
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Absolutely delicious, my boyfriend is the cook, I can't even do beans on toast right (funny story) but I whisked this up no problem...

... well, I burnt the chilli flakes on the first go and inhaled the smoke - ouch! But after that, easy peasy! Will make this again soon!

hauliesmissus's picture
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I made this soup last night, and it is one of the most delicious soups I've tasted! I'll definitely be making big batches of it from now on and freezing them so I'll always have some on standby for lunch.

kfurber's picture
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Quick, cheap, easy and delicious!! Very satisfying and perfect for mid-week lunches, will be making again!

georgeb74's picture
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I've never made soup before and am now a complete convert! Absolutely divine - the cumin and chilli are amazing in it. Even my 3 year old ate it - although he stirred a lot more natural yogurt into it as he found it a bit "spicy"!

pelupi's picture
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Am addicted to this soup. Fantastic

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