Red lentil, chickpea & chilli soup

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 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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20th May, 2013
Don't change a thing! This soup is soooo delicious!
12th May, 2013
Absolultely delicious and actually feels like a proper meal! Really easy to make too. YUM!
9th May, 2013
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.
7th May, 2013
Delicious! I added some fresh tomatoes to the recipe - works well too :)
2nd May, 2013
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2nd May, 2013
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.
27th Apr, 2013
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!
8th Apr, 2013
Full of flavour and so quick and easy to make! Teamed ours with homemade soda bread... will be making a regular appearance!
8th Apr, 2013
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.
23rd Sep, 2014
Need to be careful about "toasting" spices dry fry. Teflon non stick surfaces give off toxic fumes if used dry and too hot.


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