Spiced carrot & lentil soup

Spiced carrot & lentil soup

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(613 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins

Easy

Serves 4

A delicious, spicy blend, packed full of iron and low fat to boot. It's ready in under half an hour or can be made in a slow cooker

Nutrition and extra info

  • To make dairy-free, see 'try' below
  • Healthy
  • Dairy-free
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition:

  • kcal238
  • fat7g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs34g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre5g
  • protein11g
  • salt0.25g
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Ingredients

  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • pinch chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 600g carrots, washed and coarsely grated (no need to peel)
    Carrot

    Carrot

    ka-rot

    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 140g split red lentils
  • 1l hot vegetable stock (from a cube is fine)
  • 125ml milk

    Milk

    mill-k

    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • plain yogurt and naan bread, to serve
    yogurt

    Yogurt

    yog-ert

    Yogurt is made by adding a number of types of harmless bacteria to milk, causing it to ferment.…

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. Scoop out about half of the seeds with a spoon and set aside. Add the oil, carrot, lentils, stock and milk to the pan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 mins until the lentils have swollen and softened.

  2. Whizz the soup with a stick blender or in a food processor until smooth (or leave it chunky if you prefer). Season to taste and finish with a dollop of yogurt and a sprinkling of the reserved toasted spices. Serve with warmed naan breads.

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dmarie22
14th Jan, 2012
5.05
This recipe is so easy and quick to make and tastes delicious!
dmarie22
14th Jan, 2012
5.05
This recipe is so easy and quick to make and tastes delicious!
luby12
13th Jan, 2012
5.05
Made this last night and I was so surprised by how well it went. I normally avoid soup because I don't find it has much flavour but this has heaps. I let everyone at work try it and they were begging for the recipe. Top marks.
dimsim20
12th Jan, 2012
5.05
This is a lovely soup and very easy to do, i had never made soup before until now. I found recipe very easy to follow and it didn't take long to cook. Will defo be making again.
pbsakell
8th Jan, 2012
5.05
I'm a student and this recipe is perfect for cooking on a budget and still getting all the essential foods I need. I'm also lactose intolerant so can't eat many shop-bought soups any more so this was even better for me. I added half a bag on spinach to my soup to give it that little bit of extra colour and taste - it's perfect!!
kayteemh
7th Jan, 2012
4.05
I didn't add lentils simply just carrot, cumin, chilli milk and stock. It was fab. Topped off by naan bread - easy and very filling. Will certainly be making this again!
merlot65
6th Jan, 2012
Delicious tasting soup. I added a stick of celery and onion after I'd dry fried the spices and kept all the cumin seeds in. Beautiful!
merlot65
6th Jan, 2012
Delicious tasting soup. I added a stick of celery and onion after I'd dry fried the spices and kept all the cumin seeds in. Beautiful!
jazraz
5th Jan, 2012
5.05
Sorry I forgot to rate it!
jazraz
5th Jan, 2012
5.05
This is a fantastic dish - so simple to prepare - we found it filling enough for dinner with some bread - one of my daughters doesn't usually like soup, but she liked this!

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