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Spiced carrot & lentil soup

Spiced carrot & lentil soup

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(640 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


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


  • kcal238
  • fat7g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs34g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre5g
  • protein11g
  • salt0.25g
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  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • pinch chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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



    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



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


  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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2nd Jan, 2015
Made this soup yesterday, it was lovely but I had to add quite a lot more chilli flakes as I couldn't taste any heat. Seasoned with a little salt and plenty of pepper it is delicious, and even better the next day.
23rd Dec, 2014
so good! i used chilli powder instead of flakes and added much less oil. Still great. Easy peasy.
15th Dec, 2014
Delicious, fiery soup. Could work with some more meat/veg and rice served as a curry. I didn't have cumin seeds/chilli flakes, so just used 1 tsp cumin powder and 1/2 tsp chilli powder. Also added 2 chopped apples- a great twist on an already lovely soup.
9th Dec, 2014
I'm really surprised that people commented saying this was bland, as I have recently made it and it was far from bland! I added a garlic clove and plenty of salt and it was delicious. Very easy to make in the slow cooker and made my house smell wonderful all afternoon. I added a can of coconut milk instead of normal milk which made the soup really creamy and tasty. Even better warmed up for my lunch today. To those that are coughing after toasting the spices - I think you might be burning them. I only toasted them for a minute or so on a low heat and didn't have this problem, but it still brought out the lovely flavour.
23rd Dec, 2014
I've added some garlic too and some smoked paprika. It was delicious, you are right. And to those ones who are burning the spices... Well... I am making it in my multicooker Redmond m110 and it is impossible to burn anything in it. So maybe that's what you should do, 'cause this soup is sooo tasty!
19th Nov, 2014
I'm not sure if I did something wrong here. As some others have commented, I coughed and spluttered for about twenty minutes after dry frying the cumin and chilli flakes. Perhaps I burnt them? I did adhere to the recipe but this was way too hot for mouth was on fire after eating. Added extra milk but it made little difference. If I make this again I will half the cumin and make sure my pinch of chilli flakes is a modest one! I think I'd have enjoyed it if it hadn't blew my head off..
9th Nov, 2014
I had to try out this recipe due to the high ratings it has received. Tasted delicious and not too spicy which was great. Dry frying the spices really caught the back of my throat and left my coughing for a while! Also grating all the carrots took a while but it was worth it. I will definitely be making it again as it was so quick and cheap to make :)
30th Oct, 2014
Very easy to make and tasted great! Will be making again.
17th Oct, 2014
Really tasty and easy. Recommended
12th Oct, 2014
Choked for about half a day on the aroma of the spices in the air! A delicious soup, but the spice in the air (which lasted for hours after the spices were heated) was a bit too much for me!


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