Spiced carrot & lentil soup

Preparation time
10 mins

Cooking time
15 mins

Serves
Serves 4

Dietary
Vegetarian

By Jane Hornby
From BBC Good Food magazine, Waitrose, Waitrose Food, Jamie and The Guardian

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
  • 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.
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