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Red lentil, chickpea & chilli soup

Red lentil, chickpea & chilli soup

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(458 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)

niallmwatson's picture

Delicious! Simple & very tasty. I added a whole can of chick-peas for a more substantial meal.

cartman33's picture
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Made this the other day as it has my favorite ingredients lentils chickpeas and chillis. I really didn't like it, first off when following the recipe you fry dry chili flakes ... not a good idea as Ive done this before and it seems to give off vapors that pretty much stop you breathing and burn your eyes. Later in the recipe you are asked to boil the tomatos ....Boiling a tin of tomatoes creates a pretty disgusting taste that just does not go away ... its almost a raw taste pretty horrid, i think frying the tomatoes in with the onions would release there sweetness and improve the taste of the dish. Overall i wont make this again, i didn't like this and consequently rated it with one star ... for looks not taste

paul1208red's picture
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Made this soup yesterday (27th Nov) for the family.

Went down like a storm five clean soup bowls all asking for more!

Will definately be making this again now these cold winter days are upon us!

francobegbie1976's picture
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Hi just finished trying this recipe, thumbs up! Really nice bowl of soup! I think i bleneded it too much, so got a little thick.

louisewinder's picture
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Me and my firend loved this soup and I found it so easy to make.

I did however add a clove of garlic, and used whole dried chilli; flaked, and added 3 teaspoons of Cumin to give it a realy warmth. After blending I found the consistancy to fluid so I added another 50g of lentils when I added the chick peas. I found this consistancy perfect for a warming meal on a snowy winters day in West Yorkshire.

goggleeyedsalmon's picture
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Great, very tasty.

munchiebee's picture
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Gorgeous and no effort to make. I made it with half veg stock and half chicken, added 1 crushed clove of garlic when frying the onions and also a fresh red chilli.

I used a whole tin of chickpeas too - half blended and half to serve.

Big thumbs up over here!

emmalooroo's picture
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Nice warming soup on a cold night, I added a clove of garlic. will try a fresh chilli next time. I used the full tin of chickpeas but next time think i will blitz half of them in the soup.

amjones's picture
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Lovely - perfect to freeze then take to work

pops-learns-to-cook's picture
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Awesome! Huge hit with my serious carnivore husband. Very filling and SO good on a cold day. Will definitely repeat.

sascha's picture
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I found this a really tasty soup. However the quantitiy it yielded was barely enough for two! I'd recommend making at least twice the amount, particularly as it is claimed above that it tastes better the next day.

itsamee's picture
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Fantastic winter warmer,filling soup, served it with coriander naan bread. This one is due for many repeat performances this winter.

liezeldutoit's picture
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Nice and easy, but nothing special

lakeleman's picture
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It tastes quite good with a hint of chili flake and a scent of cumin. Thanks for sharing :)

lisa_stone's picture
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Absolutely delicious - made for and a friend and I for lunch. A winner!!!!

goodroundtreefood's picture
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This soup is easy and delicious and has quickly become a family favourite. We add extra chickpeas just because I couldn't be bothered with a leftover half tin... I like it better with lots of chickpeas anyway. yummy!

cassandramcintyre's picture
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Easy, tasty soup. Great on a cold winter night with hunks of crunchy bread!

boiledover's picture
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I have made this for dinner tonight. It tastes great! but guess what ? I forgot the LENTILS !!!

toothfairy88's picture
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Really quick and easy to make. Smelt amazing and had to stop myself eating the lot! Will definitely make again!

fairykally's picture
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It's a really hearty soup for a winter's night - so easy to make and absolutely delicious. Will definitely make it again :)

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