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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johnmcgregor's picture
4th May, 2015
Made this today and it was our first time making soup. It was phenomenal! The only change we made was using crushed chillies instead of flakes. We will definitely make more. It's honestly up there with the best soup I've had.
2nd May, 2015
I absolutely love this soup, so easy to make, done in less than 1/2 hour. I've taken to just using chilli flakes and missing out the cumin, I like cumin but prefer this soup with just the chilli. The addition of the coriander at the end is really lovely. I make this every weekend now and is a family favourite.
14th Apr, 2015
Really delicious. Used cumin powder rather than seeds because that was what I had. Also added 2 carrots with the onion and 2 cloves of garlic. Will make again,
5th Apr, 2015
Scrummy soup and perfect if you're on the weight loss train. I pimped this soup a bit by: - Adding smoked paprika at the beginning with the cumin seeds and chillies - Adding ginger and garlic along with the onions - Not blending...much tastier and wholesome as it is - Adding freshly chopped spring onions and kale along with the coriander Truly delicious, quick to make and great for big-batch cooking, as it freezes well. Hoorah!
26th Feb, 2015
This is quite simply one of the most delicious soups I have ever had. It is easy to make, the ingredients are easy to source, it is healthy and so scrumptious!
11th Feb, 2015
Found this very easy and tasty. Made extra for lunches.
7th Feb, 2015
This was delicious and looked and tasted very healthy. I only used about half the cumin as I find it very strong and I would definitelys suggest adding the fresh coriander and the Greek yogurt (though I used Greek-style, not 0%) as it adds to the flavour.
28th Jan, 2015
Absolutely love this soup - tastes great and feels very satisfying plus all good ingredients. A definite winner in our household!
19th Jan, 2015
Delicious! I did as other reviewers suggested and used the whole tin of chickpeas plus added a couple of carrots. I only partly blended it so that it remained chunky (psychologically feels more substantial) I used chicken stock instead of vegetable as I always find this adds more flavour and I didn't have any fresh coriander or greek yog so skipped adding these and it was still very flavoursome.
17th Jan, 2015
Made this a couple of times, really tasty, always add the full to of chick peas though, prefer it that way and saves me having to remember to use the other half. Only seasoning I add at the end is a bit more chilli powder if needed.


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