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
    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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Stephcoulbeck's picture
26th Jan, 2013
can this be done in a slow cooker??
24th Jan, 2013
Very good. Although when it says blend to thick puree, I think it should be thinner.
23rd Jan, 2013
lovely warming and tasty, just the thing on these snowy days. Great as most items in store cupboard.
19th Jan, 2013
A very yummy winter warmer perfect for a lunchtime snack. I had no chickpeas so used a tin of mixed three bean salad and served it with a warm baguette straight out of the oven!
17th Jan, 2013
Good hearty soup, simple to make and strangely filling. It will only make two servings, rather than water it down double the ingredients in the receipe as the consitstency is bang on.
17th Jan, 2013
Very tastie soup, perfect for the winter weather and very easy to do.
16th Jan, 2013
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...
15th Jan, 2013
Fogot to say, definately a 5 star rating
15th Jan, 2013
All the family loved this soup. Very warming and just whats needed in the cold weather. Will be making this over and ovr again.
15th Jan, 2013
Made this morning, and just had a bowl for lunch. It is beautiful. So quick and easy too.


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