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Red lentil, chickpea & chilli soup

Red lentil, chickpea & chilli soup

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(459 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins

Easy

Serves 4
Come home to a warming bowlful of this filling, low-fat soup

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition per serving

  • kcalories222
  • fat5g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs33g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre6g
  • protein13g
  • salt0.87g
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Ingredients

  • 2 tsp cumin seed
  • large pinch chilli flakes
  • 1 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…

  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 140g red split lentils
  • 850ml vegetable stock or water
  • 400g can tomato, whole or chopped

    Tomato

    toe-mart-oh

    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 200g carton chickpeas or ½ a can, rinsed and drained (freeze leftovers)
  • small bunch coriander, roughly chopped (save a few leaves, to serve)
  • 4 tbsp 0% Greek yogurt, 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. Add the oil and onion, and cook for 5 mins. Stir in the lentils, stock and tomatoes, then bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 mins until the lentils have softened.

  2. Whizz the soup with a stick blender or in a food processor until it is a rough purée, pour back into the pan and add the chickpeas. Heat gently, season well and stir in the coriander. Finish with a dollop of yogurt and coriander leaves.

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Comments (442)

alimat's picture
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Made this a couple of times, really tasty, always add the full to of chick peas though, prefer it that way and saves me having to remember to use the other half. Only seasoning I add at the end is a bit more chilli powder if needed.

tracieah's picture
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Love this. Very simple and very tasty

lorna_doone's picture
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I've been making this recipe for a couple of years now and love it. I make it on a Sunday night then ladle it into portions and freeze to take to work for lunch (without the yoghurt or coriander). Made it today for family lunch and it was very well received. And it makes you feel good as it is so healthy!

oneils85's picture

Do the tinned chickpeas cook alright? I always find they have a weird taste from a tin.

alimat's picture
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They're fine as long as you wash them well, never use them straight from the tin

JackieKigg's picture
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So easy to make and really tasty, will definitely make again :)

shekinah100's picture
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Really tasty and healthy. Will definitely make it again.

egreenwood20's picture
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Great and really easy to make. Makes plenty for lunch for the following days! My only critique is that it's quite salty.

ladyl1's picture
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This is a very good and economical soup, using store cupboard ingredients. I added celery and a couple of carrots to mine, as they were about to go to waste. I also added extra chilli as I like it hot.

Strawberrysquash0's picture
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I love this recipe, it's delicious. I used ground cumin instead of cumin seeds and also added garlic, carrots, spinach and a few herbs after reading comments by others. Really healthy and filling too. Will definitely make this again. Thank you :-)

moodybum's picture

This is lovely. I make a massive batch and freeze and use for work lunch. I find it very filling, which is saying something!

Lullee22's picture
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Delicious! I used 1 fresh red chilli chopped finely instead of flaked chillies and a white onion and fresh parsley with some dried coriander as I didn't have fresh coriander. I added 1 tsp paprika and 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper at the end of cooking to add an extra kick. Very tasty :-)

jarrestr's picture
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For me it doesn' t need anything added or taken away. People who do not like lentils think it is marvellous. It freezes really well too. A super receipe.

foxilein's picture
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Had this soup as part of my friends dinner party. Absolutely delicious and will definitely make myself.

gildz74's picture

I've just made this recipe, and like many other comments I also added extra ingredients such as: garlic, carrot, celery & fresh chilli. It has give this recipe a depth of flavour which wouldn't have been there without them.

craftybeggar's picture
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Added celery and carrots, used ground cumin as I didn't have any cumin seeds. Added a tin of chickpeas and liquidised half the soup and stirred back in. Lovely thick, chunky soup that's very filling. Will definitely make again.

annahorvath's picture
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Great!

anaval's picture
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Yummy. I also added spinach and mushrooms for fun and worked great!

Sarah_333's picture
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A staple recipe in my house, wouldn't change a thing.

jarrestr's picture
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Have made this so often now and always a success. Brilliant.

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