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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14th Jan, 2017
This was strangely unsatisfying - bland (perhaps because I used water instead of stock?) and slightly acrid (perhaps I burnt the chili flakes?). I've had much better results with similar recipes on this website (such as "spiced carrot & lentil soup" or "lentil & sweet potato curry") so I don't think I'll bother giving this another try.
12th Jan, 2017
Wow! Fab,easy to make soup. Prepping was super easy with only a red onion to chop. Lunch is sorted now for at least 4 days.
11th Jan, 2017
So good!!!!!! and easy to make...
2nd Jan, 2017
Really enjoyed this. Added a little garlic to mine and some tomato puree for some extra tomato-ness! Yum!
24th Dec, 2016
This is the go-to soup in our family. It's delicious
30th Nov, 2016
I doubled the ingredients added chopped carrots and left in the slow cooker all day to make a huge batch to freeze for work lunches, this is such a healthy wholesome soup. It is such good value and so cheap to make.
23rd Nov, 2016
Fantastic soup, I make it on a weekly basis for me and my partner to take to work - never get bored of it! Use all the chickpeas in the can rather than just half. Would recommend that everyone tried this, easy to make and delicious
5th Nov, 2016
This is a lovely filling soup, full of nutritious ingredients. I only used a pinch of chilli powder as I didn't have chilli flakes and I don't like hot food. I used a whole tin of chick peas as I love them! I took some to work today and everyone said it smelt and looked lovely.
4th Nov, 2016
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3rd Nov, 2016
Make this weekly in the winter. Favourite soup of the family. Follow recipe exactly. A spoonful of organic bio yoghurt is perfect. I a cold day this warms you up very quickly


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