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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21st Nov, 2012
Fab recipe. Quick and easy to make and tastes great.
20th Nov, 2012
I found this too watery, I would halve the amount of stock if I make again.
18th Nov, 2012
17th Nov, 2012
This was lovely & really easy to make. So tasty that we nearly had whole saucepan full by just tasting it!
15th Nov, 2012
OMG heavenly!! I added 2 small chillies, 2 cloves of garlic, a whole can of chickpeas and more lentils for a thicker soup.
12th Nov, 2012
This soup is amazing! So easy and very tasty.
11th Nov, 2012
I made this for me and my boyfriend added a little more flaked chilli as we like a good kick used a white onion as didn't have red and it was delicious! Just what was needed for a freezing night in
9th Nov, 2012
So delicious will make this soup definitely again.
6th Nov, 2012
Really nice!! never had chopped tomatoes.. thought I had, used passatta instead, still turned out nice n thick and just enough chilli to spice things up
6th Nov, 2012
Lovely soup. Still had to add in some prawns to satisfy my other half, as no meat was not going to wash! It was warm and satisfying, lovely texture. You may need to add more water as you go to get it to the thickness of your preference. I added extra black pepper, turmeric, cayenne pepper and paprika for some extra taste. Could have even added fresh chill for more of a kick.


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