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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jul34es's picture
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made this for tea tonight and it was so easy to make and tasted great.

periheriquegirl3's picture

My family is generally not keen on spices but they do like home-made soups. I thought using visible cumin seeds would be too obvious so I used a teaspoon of cumin powder and half a teaspoon of mild chilli powder. We ate the soup in the garden and accompanied it with warm buttered ciabatta. Delicious! A hit with everybody.

dorothyfinch's picture
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this was very nice

sueputnam01's picture

I really like using this recipe and use it often. Its filling and tasty. Yummy! Thanks!!

sueputnam01's picture

I really like using this recipe and use it often. Its filling and tasty. Yummy! Thanks!!

laurenskinner's picture
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Very easy, excellent soup.

sheilarussell44's picture
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I just love this soup, love the cumin, lentil flavour of it. I have made it several times for different people and it has gone down very well.

sadiem's picture
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WoW! what a tasy easy soup to make. It's very filling, the cumin seeds are a must as they give real depth of flavour. I served it with a teaspoon of harrisa, a few coriander leaves and a swirl of natural yoghurt. The sprinkle of cumin seeds at the end make it special and make my kitchen smells heavenly.

hollyswann's picture
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Very easy, very quick and very nice:)

lilymayrose's picture

Heaven in a bowl - couldn't believe that just the use of chilli and cumin seeds could add enough flavour to make this as delicious as everyone says... so glad I didn't add anything else, it was Treally Ruly Scrumptious.

julesthenorweegie's picture
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For some reason I thought this was a bit bland, and had to add more chilli and some smoked paprika. Having some for lunch today though!

kitchenmagician's picture
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One of the most simple but tasty soups I've ever made! Unfortunately I didn't have any cumin seeds, but the soup was nevertheless delicious, with a creamy texture once blended. I'll definitely be making this again. At ~ 165 calories a serving and packed full of fibre, it's great for dieters!

beckyemilyrayner's picture
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tasted like a curry, and has a horrible texture..

fido66's picture
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This is so easy and yet so tasty. You can also really spice it up with the chilli flakes or just totally omit them. I know make this soup all the time even though we are heading into the summer

kehassall's picture

I love this recipe its wonderful and normally i dont like carrot soup! i add a cheeky bit of cinnamon and squeeze 1 or 2 oranges in.. lovely!

wildmiffy's picture
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This was nice, but i probably won't make it again. I added ground cumin instead because i didn't have any cumin seeds, but it still tasted good. I found that the soup could have done with more liquid as it was still quite thick even after blending.

agacik's picture
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very tasty!!! love it served with naan bread and good scoop of natural yogurt on top!

leonamc33's picture

very quick and excellent for a cold may bank holiday!

2442amara's picture
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Fantastic recipe. I wasn't so keep on the cumin seeds on top but it was still delicious.

sheilarussell44's picture
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I have made this soup a couple of times now and really love the lentils in it. Both times I have had friends for lunch who have also enjoyed it.

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