Red lentil, chickpea & chilli soup

Red lentil, chickpea & chilli soup

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


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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  • 2 tsp cumin seed
  • large pinch chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 140g red split lentils
  • 850ml vegetable stock or water
  • 400g can tomatoes, whole or chopped



    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


  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 (460)

paul1208red's picture

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

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

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

Great, very tasty.

munchiebee's picture

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

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

Lovely - perfect to freeze then take to work

pops-learns-to-cook's picture

Awesome! Huge hit with my serious carnivore husband. Very filling and SO good on a cold day. Will definitely repeat.

sascha's picture

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

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

liezeldutoit's picture

Nice and easy, but nothing special

lakeleman's picture

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

lisa_stone's picture

Absolutely delicious - made for and a friend and I for lunch. A winner!!!!

goodroundtreefood's picture

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

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

boiledover's picture

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

toothfairy88's picture

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

fairykally's picture

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

tara86's picture

The most delicious soup I have ever made!

maxinesfood's picture

Really warming and wholesome. I added extra chilli for a spicy kick!


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