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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kathalindbak's picture
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yummmm. hearty, healthy, cheap, easy to make. a nice kick from the chili flakes

suebri53's picture

Absolutely delicious easy to make and beautiful to eat, very tasty indeed

suebri53's picture

Absolutely delicious, easy to make I put a bit of chilli in but that is my taste

g1llyp's picture
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We have been using this recipe for years, one of our favourites. However I do agree its less time consuming by chopping the carrots rather than grating. Great for those winter evenings :)

princessemzy's picture
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Really nice, I ate it 4 nights in a row :) I ate mine with toasted wholemeal pitta breads. My other half loved too!
Be careful when dry fryng the spices not to inhale the smell like I did........ cue coughing and spluttering til I was purple!

naasei's picture
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Made this this afternoon. I sued half a scotch bonnet,finely sliced as I had no chillies. also added grated ginger.

salmay's picture
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Just ok. Needed an awful lot of seasoning to bring out the flavour and the cumin all but disappeared - had to add another two tsp ground cumin at the end just to taste it. Maybe my carrots weren't up to much because there was none of the sweetness you would expect. Will try it with good organic carrots to see if that helps. (Wont let me rate for some reason but I'd give it 3*)

chantal_de's picture
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I'm a huge soup fan and this is one of the best I have ever cooked and tasted !!!! PLUS soOo easy to do.

traywatson's picture

This soup is so easy to make, and freezes so well. I personally add more chilli, but that is because I like a bit of heat. Have made a couple of times now!

dustyrose's picture

This has got to be the tastiest soup i have made in a very long time!!! I love thick creamy soups and even better when ive made them and they're SO simple and healthy!!! i have 2kgs of lentils...they gota be used up! So will be making a batch and freezing it! SO SO YUM!!!

sonya80's picture
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Made this as per the recipe except left all the seeds/chilli in and tastes great - lovely warming winter meal

babs60's picture
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Got the thumbs up from my husband. Didn't need to change a thing. Lovely lunchtime soup, which went well with home baked bread.

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!

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