Spiced Carrot and Lentil Soup

Spiced Carrot & Lentil Soup

2 min read

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

Cooking Time: 15 Minutes

Serves: 4


  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • A pinch of chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 600g carrots, washed and coarsely grated
  • 140g split red lentils
  • 1L hot vegetable stock
  • 125ml milk
  • Plain yoghurt and naan bread, to serve


  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.

Credit: BBC Good Food

Spiced Carrot and Lentil Soup