Red lentil, chickpea & chilli soup in a bowl with Greek yogurt and coriander garnish

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 seeds
  • 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, drained and rinsed (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 2 tsp cumin seeds and a large pinch of chilli flakes for 1 min, or until they start to jump around the pan and release their aromas.

  2. Add 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 chopped red onion, and cook for 5 mins. 

  3. Stir in 140g red split lentils, 850ml vegetable stock or water and a 400g can tomatoes, then bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 mins until the lentils have softened.

  4. 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 a 200g can drained and rinsed chickpeas.

  5. Heat gently, season well and stir in a small bunch of chopped coriander, reserving a few leaves to serve. Finish with 4 tbsp 0% Greek yogurt and extra coriander leaves.

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12th Jun, 2019
Love this soup so quick and easy. I don't always add the chickpeas as we find it very filling but I add a frozen block of ginger and it gives it a lovely warmth.
10th May, 2019
I have made this several times. Just chuck everything in my soup maker. Delicious!
29th Apr, 2019
A really tasty, easy, quick and nutritious store cupboard recipe ! Used a teaspoon of dried chilli as I had no chilli flakes, and a whole can of chickpeas (half added before blending and half after as previous posters). Will be making this often.
1st Jan, 2019
Quick and easy, great taste
13th Sep, 2018
yummy and easy to make soup
29th Aug, 2018
15th May, 2018
Been making variations for this for a few years now, solid favourite both with friends and family.Watch the dry frying, I've stopped bothering as I seem to always burn them, and I use dried coriander/ground cumin everything unless I have fresh coriander knocking about
19th Apr, 2018
Lovely soup. I didn't dry fry the spices, I just added them to the softened onions and fried for a couple of minutes to bring out the flavour. I liquidised the soup including the chickpeas because one family member doesn't enjoy the texture of 'big' pulses. It was delicious and I will be making this often. Nutritious, delicious and inexpensive.
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Christina Cooner
3rd Mar, 2018
Quick, easy and delicious soup. I used half a carton of passata and half a can of chopped tomatoes and didn’t add any salt/veg stock powder to the sou until the lentils were cooked as salt can stop pulses from cooking properly. Also added a squeeze of lemon juice and a few dashes of Worcester sauce at the end which really lifted the earthy flavours from m the pulses and the cumin. This will be going down as a firm favourite
16th Feb, 2018
Delicious soup. Used dried coriander leaves as didn't have fresh - worked well. Definitely won't dry fry the spices next time - my son and I choked for half an hour afterwards and I am sure it would be ok to fry in oil. Cooked in my soup maker too so very easy to make and all items I regularly have to hand. Would also try adding more beans to make more substantial. Stirred through spinach in mine as I had some in the fridge that needed using up - delicious. This will become a regular in my house.


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Helen Griggs
10th Jan, 2019
Hi, how long will this keep in the fridge and can it be frozen? Thanks
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12th Jan, 2019
Thanks for your question. You can keep it for up to two days in the fridge or freeze it.
Samuel Lesslie
5th Aug, 2016
Our blender has broke do you know if it will still be the same without using it?
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9th Aug, 2016
Hi Samuel, thanks for the question. The lentils do tend to break down but you won't achieve the same smooth consistency as you would with the blender. It will still be tasty though!
1st Jul, 2016
Do these work if the lentils are blue?
Caroline Hire_GF
8th Aug, 2016
Thank you for your question. We haven't tested this recipe using different lentils. This would change the cooking time, texture and colour, therefore we suggest sticking with the red lentils. Hope this helps.
21st Nov, 2013
Hi is the nutritional info including the tablespoon of greek yoghurt or not? Just wondering as lactose intolerant and need to know for protein requirements are around 30g per meal. thanks.
16th May, 2019
Amazing when served with a squeeze of lemon at the end :)
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Gurjinder Bhamera
17th Jan, 2018
I added a whole tin of chick peas and half a red pepper before adding the stock, tomatoes and lentils. Worked out really well!
20th Aug, 2017
Rubbed some zaatar mixed with oil and a bit of salt on flat breads and toasted in the oven as a side. Yum!
21st Feb, 2017
In my experience a middle eastern anything would include garlic, I added 2 crushed/chopped cloves with the onion. Also, I used home-made chicken stock. Agree re chick peas.
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20th Jan, 2017
Totally befuddled by the 'it's bland' comments?? It's a cracking soup, easy, quick, cheap, healthy and tastes fantastic! What's not to like? My tips/modifications is to add the 'spare' half a tin of chick peas when you add the stock etc. Improves the texture no end and no half tin of chick peas in the fridge! Second, I added one veg and one chook stock cubes and omitted any additional salt. The fresh coriander and natural yogurt at the end is a must.
15th Oct, 2016
This is a lovely tasty soup. Surprised some feel it bland -- I suggest the following: use 2 heaped tsp cumin seed and liberal amount chilli flakes, add some lemon juice at the end to taste, and be generous with the coriander. I also used a whole tin of chickpeas. Serve with naan bread.
30th Jul, 2015
I love this soup! I make it at least once a week. I chuck in a few chopped carrots and a pepper with the onions and garlic. I also leave the soup chunky and add a whole tin of chickpeas at the same stage as the lentils. Really delicious, even my carnivore brother loves it.
8th Feb, 2015
I think this tastes even better if you don't blend it but just add the chickpeas and coriander and tuck in! Great on a cold day!
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