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.