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Red lentil, chickpea & chilli soup

Red lentil, chickpea & chilli soup

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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

  • kcal222
  • 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 tomatoes, whole or chopped

    Tomato

    toe-mart-oh

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

  • 200g can 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

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 (449)

jlowe13's picture
5

Lovely soup, easy to make - and the smell of the soup made my work colleagues very jealous

toniluvstoni's picture
5

Lovely soup, I used ground cumin as didn't have any seeds and added a clove of garlic and a handful of sweetcorn. Really really tasty.

loopylinny's picture
5

Simple, filling and tastes just as good as any shop bought soup!

vikingpurplepenguin's picture
5

Lovely! Burnt the spices the first time and about killed myself coughing (stupid old electric hob!) but 2nd go went well. Wasn't impressed after cooking, but when yoghurt and coriander was added it was really lovely! Made it the night before for lunch the next day, as people said the flavours developed. Was loads for lunch (3 people) and enough left for a small soup for 2 a day or two later also. Will definitely make again, might even freeze it (before the yoghurt and coriander).

mousemistake's picture
5

Originally coming from the middle east, I have tried many different versions of both lentil and chickpea soup and I can honestly say this is one of the best versions of both varieties that I have ever tasted. My mother and sister absolutely love it too. It will definitely be a recipe that I use often!

ghostboy's picture
5

I am in love with this stuff. I added quite a bit more chilli than recommended, but that's just personal preference. It's also wonderful and cheap which is awesome for us poor, starving students! Will definately make again!

sarahjackaman's picture
5

This is super yummy.

eoinrice's picture
5

Love this soup, tastes really authentic. Even better the next day after the flavours have infused.

orangepepsicola's picture
5

This soup is just so easy to make..........Amazing really considering the amount of flavour it has!! Will definately make it again.

pixylady's picture
5

I've made this 3 times in the last 2 weeks and I love it!
Filling, tasty & extremely healthy.
I always add that bit extra spice & have tried it with garlic too.

patika3's picture
5

very good recipe. Finally I started liking lentils.
A little bit of garlic, ginger, lemon juice and garam masala gave stronger taste.

rwilson6637's picture
5

Amazing! So tasty - I used white onion and add celery too!

fbranton's picture
5

Yum, really hearty, filling soup. Easy and quick and very very tasty. I had some bacon to use up so chopped it up small, fried til crispy and threw in at the end. I'm sure it'd be equally good without too.

embles's picture
5

Lurverly.
Used fresh chilli and doubled up for this week's lunches. Yum.

gavita's picture
5

Made this last night...and it was yummy-lis-cious!

jaqui_sampson's picture
5

Very simple and incredibly tasty. Dry frying the cumin beforehand intensified the flavour, and the friend I made this for thought it was delicious. Will definitely make this again.

catherine-j's picture
4

A really yummy soup. I didn't blend it at all because the blender was covered in filth but I like soups with lots of bits so that was fine. I didn't measure out the lentils and I think I added too much because it was all a bit "solid" but I added more water and it turned out fine.

rsurender's picture
4

So delicious and easy to make, I am definitely going to make it again!

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