Meatless Monday: Spiced carrot & lentil soup


carrotOur Meatless Monday recipe this week is Spiced carrot & lentil soup.


2 tsp cumin seeds

pinch chilli flakes

2 tbspn 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

plain yogurt

naan bread 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.  Scoop out about half of the seeds with a spoon and set aside.  Add the oil, carrot, lentils, stock and milk to the pan and bring to the boil.  Simmer for 15 mins until the lentils have swollen and softened.

2  Whizz the soup with a stick blender or in a food processor until smooth (or leave it chunky if you prefer).  Season to taste and finish with a dollop of yogurt and a sprinkling of the reserved toasted spices.  Serve with a warmed naan bread.



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