Spiced carrot & lentil soup

Spiced carrot & lentil soup

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


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

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


  • kcal238
  • fat7g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs34g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre5g
  • protein11g
  • salt0.25g
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  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • pinch chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 600g carrots, washed and coarsely grated (no need to peel)



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 140g split red lentils
  • 1l hot vegetable stock (from a cube is fine)
  • 125ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • plain yogurt and naan bread, to serve



    Yogurt is made by adding a number of types of harmless bacteria to milk, causing it to ferment.…


  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.

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Comments (624)

tracylove's picture

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

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

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

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

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

mitchity40's picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

littleprawn's picture

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

sassymoo3's picture

Instead of frying the spices I mixed a tablespoon of curry paste with the grated carrot and used the coconut milk. My Hubby loves this and I have had to make it regularly for him and his friends!!

mandagraham's picture

I thought this was a different carrot, lentil and cumin soup which I made a while ago. The other one is better and tastes more spicy. I added the juice of a lime to the finished soup as this worked well in the other recipe and it worked well.

anita_ive's picture

So quick and easy to make and absolutely delicious!
I will definitely be making this again.


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