Red lentil, chickpea & chilli soup

Red lentil, chickpea & chilli soup

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

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

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
222
protein
13g
carbs
33g
fat
5g
saturates
0g
fibre
6g
sugar
6g
salt
0.87g

Ingredients

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

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2010

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Madihat's picture
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Best soup we have ever tasted. Blitz half the chickpeas and add the rest at the end. When serving, add a touch of fresh lime juice to give it an extra sharpness.

uk2901's picture

Don't change a thing! This soup is soooo delicious!

laura_full_bora's picture
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Absolultely delicious and actually feels like a proper meal! Really easy to make too. YUM!

cocopop25's picture
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Quick, easy and delicious. All things from the cupboard- didn't need to buy any ingredients specially which is nice! Didn't need seasoned at all.

khloiscalling's picture
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Delicious! I added some fresh tomatoes to the recipe - works well too :)

julia1234's picture
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forgot to rate!

julia1234's picture
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A very tasty and easy soup to make. I made it with a normal onion -no red onion, ground cumin - no cumin seeds, 1 tsp of hot chilli powder + flakes and 800 ml veg stock and finished off with creme fraiche - no yoghurt.

c_cuth's picture
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I have made this soup about twice a week for the last few weeks, its lovely, i leave out the chickpeas now as the first time i made it i felt it made the soup a bit gritty, i always add a wee bit more chilli as well...delicious!

pinnikity's picture
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Full of flavour and so quick and easy to make! Teamed ours with homemade soda bread... will be making a regular appearance!

greenpixey's picture
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Really tasty nice soup, easy to make.
Only one problem though and that was the "fumes" from dry frying the cumin/ chili flakes, had me coughing and felt like choking. The rest of the family complained about that part too...not sure if it was something I did wrong.

honeypup47's picture

Need to be careful about "toasting" spices dry fry. Teflon non stick surfaces give off toxic fumes if used dry and too hot.

liza39's picture
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Really tasty and incredibly cheap soup to make. This is a family favourite. I also add crispy pancetta at the end to give it a lovely smokey flavour.

brakeabrakea's picture
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I added in celery, carrots and parsnips. I also added 7 fresh thai chilies to make it more spicey. I would have added a 2nd can of chick peas if I had one in the cupboard. To add more zest, I added the rind and the juice of 2 blood oranges - yum!
Great wholesome recipe!

Bigspottedcat's picture
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This is a favourite of mine. DO IT !

speedy1050's picture
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very easy to make and very tasty

karen0104's picture
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tasted lovely and fresh.

limerickmary's picture

Probably my most favourite soup ever. I love chickpeas so I add the whole carton. Also add half a fresh chilli. Amazeballs!
Thanks for the recipe - it's a classic.

jarrestr's picture
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Added garlic and also whizzed the chickpeas
but otherwise kept to the recipe. Excellent soup, tasty,easy to make and everyone loves it.

julietopping's picture
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Delicious and easy to make

rooprocter's picture
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So glad I tried this soup! Delicious, quick and easy to make and ideal in this winter weather to take to work! Have made my colleagues jealous for the last 2 weeks! A definate must!

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