Spiced carrot & lentil soup

Spiced carrot & lentil soup

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins

Easy

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

Nutrition:

  • kcal238
  • fat7g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs34g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre5g
  • protein11g
  • salt0.25g
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Ingredients

  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • pinch chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    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)
    Carrot

    Carrot

    ka-rot

    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

    Milk

    mill-k

    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

    Yogurt

    yog-ert

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

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.

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Comments (627)

sonya80's picture
5

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

babs60's picture
5

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
5

I LOVE this soup! So easy and fast to make, freezes well.

hwolff's picture
5

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

qrious's picture
3

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
5

Delicious, easy, very filling & cheap to make . A real winner!

stephandsolly37's picture
5

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
5

This is really simple and tastes delicious!

ganny_girl's picture
5

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
5

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
5

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
5

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
5

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
5

Nicely spiced, filling and very tasty.

laurenbacall's picture
5

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

cbridgeman's picture
4

Forgot to rate as part of my previous comment!

cbridgeman's picture
4

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
5

Lovely soup. One of the best.

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