Red lentil, chickpea & chilli soup

Red lentil, chickpea & chilli soup

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(475 ratings)

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 (455)

ruthless_1uk's picture

Followed recipe, but found that the cumin seeds over-powered everything. If you love cumin, you'll love this. But i managed one serving and threw the rest in the bin. Other than the cumin, i thought it was bland and tasteless...

suarez's picture

Fogot to say, definately a 5 star rating

suarez's picture

All the family loved this soup. Very warming and just whats needed in the cold weather. Will be making this over and ovr again.

carolearmy's picture

Made this morning, and just had a bowl for lunch. It is beautiful. So quick and easy too.

paulajanejones's picture

Tasty and easy.

devilishdemento's picture

This was pretty nice. As easy to make as any other soup, and full of flavour. Probably wouldn't make it often though, simply because there are better soup recipes on the website.

oyster43's picture

Delicious! So easy to make and the perfect winter warmer :)

ladychop's picture

Made this soup yesterday for work packlunch was fantastic loads of flavour

luvmegrub2345's picture

Fantastic! Quick, easy and very tasty.

valeriefarrell's picture

This was a lovely recipe, I followed it to the letter, it was fantastic, I make a lot of soup recipes and I have to say this is now my favourite.

inspiralkev's picture

Absolutely smashing - Quick, Healthy, Easy to make and very,very tasty.

Bigspottedcat's picture

Used full fat yoghurt, brown lentils and added loads of chilli. I love it

shell250's picture

This soup is gorgeous and now one of my faves! I also used the whole tin of chickpeas as there didn't seem much in the pan.

aisie82's picture

Made this for the first time today - was lovely but think I may have overdone the chilli! It's hot hot hot!!!

amysamp's picture

Fantastic soup using things you'd have lying about in the cupboard! Will make again.

spinky's picture

Loved this soup. I made a batch as a snack and for lunches for the week, and there was only a skant portion left for one lunch...! Next time I am doubling the quantities.

Corolla4's picture

Filling soup. I think I will use it without the chickpeas as a sauce for chicken Parmesan as it is thick and flavorful.

clairesut57's picture

Quick and easy soup which tastes fab. Highly recommended.

annelle's picture

Wonderfully tastey, warming soup. Perfect after winter dog walk. I used brown lentils, no red ones in cupboard. Also added 2 cloves garlic with onions. Very healthy, cheap meal.

v6en31's picture

It's amazing, I use 400g of chickpeas in this now. I have made several soups from this site and this is my husband's favourite - it also happens to be the easiest! Have never used a red onion in it yet, just the tears free pre chopped white onion :-)


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