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Spiced carrot & lentil soup

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
  • Easy
  • Serves 4

A delicious, spicy blend packed full of iron and low in fat to boot. It's ready in under half an hour, or can be made in a slow cooker

  • Freezable
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition:
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal238
fat7g
saturates1g
carbs34g
sugars0g
fibre5g
protein11g
low insalt0.25g
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Ingredients

  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • pinch chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 600g carrots, washed and coarsely grated (no need to peel)
  • 140g split red lentils
  • 1l hot vegetable stock (from a cube is fine)
  • 125ml milk (to make it dairy-free, see 'try' below)
  • plain yogurt and naan bread, to serve

Method

  • STEP 1

    Heat a large saucepan and dry-fry 2 tsp cumin seeds and a pinch of chilli flakes for 1 min, or until they start to jump around the pan and release their aromas.

  • STEP 2

    Scoop out about half with a spoon and set aside. Add 2 tbsp olive oil, 600g coarsely grated carrots, 140g split red lentils, 1l hot vegetable stock and 125ml milk to the pan and bring to the boil.

  • STEP 3

    Simmer for 15 mins until the lentils have swollen and softened.

  • STEP 4

    Whizz the soup with a stick blender or in a food processor until smooth (or leave it chunky if you prefer).

  • STEP 5

    Season to taste and finish with a dollop of plain yogurt and a sprinkling of the reserved toasted spices. Serve with warmed naan breads.

RECIPE TIPS
USE A SOUP MAKER
Save time and effort by placing all your ingredients in a soup maker and whizzing up a delicious soup in no time. Read our review on some of the best soup makers available.
IF YOU WANT TO USE A SLOW COOKER...
Place half the cumin seeds, half the chilli flakes, the oil, carrots, lentils and 700ml stock into your slow cooker pot. Cover and cook on High for 3 hours until the lentils are tender. Dry-fry the remaining cumin seeds and chilli flakes just until fragrant. When the lentils are done, stir in the milk and whizz up the soup depending on how chunky you'd like it.
MAKE IT MOROCCAN
Substitute the chilli flakes and cumin seeds for a few teaspoons of harissa paste. You could add cooked shredded chicken at the end of cooking, too.
MAKE IT DAIRY-FREE
For a richer but dairy-free alternative, use a can of reduced-fat coconut milk instead of the milk.

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Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2005

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