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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mfbx9esf's picture
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I LOVE this soup! So easy and fast to make, freezes well.

hwolff's picture
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Wonderful soup

hwolff's picture
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What a delightful soup, right consistency and full of flavour, stick to the recipe and you will not be disappointed.

qrious's picture
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Very tasty but came out much runnier than expected. I'll be trying this with a lot more lentils next time. Also, great with the addition of 2-3 more grated carrots at the end after you've whizzed the soup (same as for a carrot and coriander soup) - they add crunch and freshness.

fearna's picture
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Delicious, easy, very filling & cheap to make . A real winner!

stephandsolly37's picture
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A quick soup that went down well with all the family - makes a good alternative to sandwiches for lunch and the lentils add a good dose of iron.

ganny_girl's picture
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This is really simple and tastes delicious!

ganny_girl's picture
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This is really simple and tastes delicious!

ebonyiyze's picture

I REALLY enjoyed this soup. So easy to make. I added a little extra cumin seed and chili flakes. Will most definitely do this soup again. Delicious!

ames27's picture
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Totally delicious! A lovely winter warmer. Followed the recipe exactly and the extra touches like the seeds on top and the yoghurt are well worth it.
I will make this soup again!

bhui77's picture
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Simple, easy and delicious. To save time (and my fingers)I blitzed the carrots in the blender rather than grate. I also used tinned green lentils, which I added 5 mins before the end

helenwilliams1106's picture
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Such a lovely soup - my new favorite! Made it exactly as it said and served with Naan bread - everyone wanted seconds and thirds! Can imagine it would make a nice base for a mild curry too, say with some chicken in it. Try it, you won't be dissappointed :-)

helenwilliams1106's picture
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Such a lovely soup - my new favorite! Made it exactly as it said and served with Naan bread - everyone wanted seconds and thirds! Can imagine it would make a nice base for a mild curry too, say with some chicken in it. Try it, you won't be dissappointed :-)

angeldust100's picture
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Nicely spiced, filling and very tasty.

laurenbacall's picture
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I have just made this soup and it was so easy to do. Perfect after a long Winter walk!

cbridgeman's picture
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Forgot to rate as part of my previous comment!

cbridgeman's picture
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Lovely! I substituted milk for coconut milk as the recipe suggests for a non-dairy alternative (albeit not reduced fat!) and that combined with the lentils gave the soup a wonderfully smooth texture and rich flavour! I also added more chili flakes for a kick, a pinch of salt and black pepper. I did not serve with naan or yoghurt as the soup was fulfilling but did add fresh coriander, yummy!

Fruitcrab's picture
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Lovely soup. One of the best.

morph73's picture
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So simple to make and really very tasty. I added some coconut milk too as I had some in the fridge. Deeelish!

dreamer303's picture
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Lovely Soup!!
I added in half an onion, and 2 slice of bacon that needed using up from the fridge - mmm lovely and filling!! Will def make this again.

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