Spiced carrot & lentil soup

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PREP: 10 MINS
COOK: 15 MINS
SERVES 4

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

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

  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.
  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. 
  3. Simmer for 15 mins until the lentils have swollen and softened.
  4. Whizz the soup with a stick blender or in a food processor until smooth (or leave it chunky if you prefer).
  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 from Good Food magazine, October 2005

By Jane Hornby
Credit: www.bbcgoodfood.com

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