19 March 2010

NCR - Warming Red Lentil & Chickpea Soup




















Warming Red Lentil & Chickpea Soup


1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
4 large carrots, grated
2 tsp ground cumin
5 cups / 2 ½ pints vegetable stock
1 cup red lentils
2 x 400g tins chickpeas
freshly ground black pepper


Saute the garlic and onion in the olive oil until the onion is soft and translucent.

Add the grated carrot and cook gently for a few minutes.

Stir in the cumin and the pour in the vegetable stock. Stir well.

Add the red lentils and allow to simmer gently for 20-30 minutes.

Lastly add the chickpeas and cook until warmed through.

Season with freshly ground black pepper.


Serves 6 - 8

I cannot believe I never tried a simple lentil soup before. It is really flavoursome and the spicy flavour of the cumin really shows through, but doesn't overpower the soup. I am looking forward to my next bowlful.


This is my entry for this month's No Croutons Required. If you would like to enter a vegetarian soup or salad containing chickpeas, you have until tomorrow evening, Saturday 19 March 2010.

16 comments:

  1. Yum. That looks so good. We switched our heating off last weekend and I sit on the couch with a cover every night to warm up. A bowl of this soup would do wonders!!!!

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  2. Delish Jacqueline :) Really wholesome too. Lucie x

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  3. Oh, poor you Chele, that's not good!

    Thanks Lucie :)

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  4. I love lentil soup. My recipe is similar except for the chick peas. I might have to add that next time.

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  5. YUM! My two favorites, lentils and garbanzo beans. This looks great.

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  6. I am really surprised to learn that you have never tried a simple lentil soup before. Its the one soup at work I eat all the time, though they don't have the addition of cumin, which I really, really like.

    I'm a bit like Chele. I too have turned off my heating and have been snuggling up to 'Tigger' my hot water bottle.

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  7. I would've thought lentils had come up before. They are such a versatile food that I love in soups. Excellent recipe.

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  8. Hi Julie, nice to meet you. The addition of the chickpeas really elevates this soup.

    Hi VB, I do like that name for chickpeas. I must remember that.

    Hi Mangocheeks, I do actually eat lentil soup at work, but never got around to making it.

    Hey TB, I have used lentils in soups before, but never a simple lentil soup like this. They were always a last minute addition rather than the star :)

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  9. Yum - thanks, Jacqueline!!
    I put lentils in lots of my soups, to boost the protein content and make them more filling.
    Haven't tried them with chickpeas before tho!

    :) x

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  10. That definitely looks like something I would make!

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  11. Lentils do have such a wonderful flavour and are just right for soup at any time of year

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  12. Hello Jacqueline!

    Brussels calling!! Your soup looks so comforting & good for you too!

    Yum!

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  13. Beautiful! Just the thing, might make some of this later this week, big pot so I can take some to work.

    Cheers
    David

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  14. This looks great - I'm on a chick pea kick at the moment!

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  15. The chickpeas are lovely in it Sandra, especially it you get big creamy chickpeas. The ones from indian supermarkets or the indian section of a supermarket are the best.

    Hope you try it Rachel :)

    Hi Johanna, they are good and so easy to add :)

    Thanks Sophie :)

    You may as well David, it looks lit it is going to be dreich for the rest of the week. Soup is the best lunch to have in such horrible weather.

    Hi CC, I love chickpeas too, but probably don't eat them enough.

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  16. I wish I had a bowl of this right now. It looks so comforting.

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I love reading comments, so thank you for taking the time to leave one. Unfortunately, I'm bombarded with spam, so I've turned on comment moderation. I'll publish your comments as soon as I can and respond to them. Don't panic, they will disappear when you hit publish. Jac x