Spicy Red Lentil Soup | Lauren Ellen

Spicy Red Lentil Soup

I have been making this soup for a while now, and it’s become a firm favourite at dinner times. Inspired by a lentil soup I tried in a local Lebanese restaurant years ago, and the need for a healthy, protein rich meal, this recipe is quick, easy, delicious and filling!

Lentils in general are really good for you, I even featured them in a precious post – 7 superfoods: what are the benefits?

You can alter the the amounts of spice used to suit your personal taste, but I am all for a good kick in my food. Spicy red lentil soup tastes great on it’s own, but sometimes I will add a sliced chicken breast, to bulk it up as a main dish.

Spicy Red Lentil Soup | Lauren Ellen

Method:

  1. Start off by washing the red lentils until the water runs clear.
  2. Lightly heat the olive oil and then add the chopped onions and garlic – cooking for a few minutes.
  3. Once the onions are soft, add the cumin, garam masala, turmeric, ground coriander, tomato puree and stir.
  4. Keep the heat down low as you don’t want to burn the spices!
  5. Add as much (or as little) cayenne pepper as you like – I usually go with a teaspoon, which gives a nice kick but doesn’t blow your head off.
  6. Add the washed lentils and stir in so it can absorb all of those spices.
  7. Add the chicken stock and stir.
  8. Bring to the boil and then simmer on a medium heat for 15-20 mins (until the lentils go soft)
  9. Remember to keep stirring every few minutes – add extra water if you need to.
  10. Once the lentils are soft, turn the heat right down and blend with a hand blender.
  11. Don’t blend this too much, we want to keep a nice, thick consistency.
  12. Continue to cook on a low heat for a few more minutes, then serve with buttered, fresh, crusty rolls.

Ingredients:

  • 275g of red lentils
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 large cloves of garlic
  • 1 large onion
  • 800ml of chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 2 teaspoons of garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato puree
  • Salt and pepper

Bon appétit!

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Spicy Red Lentil Soup | Lauren Ellen