Carrot and Lentil Soup
So this simple to make spicy soup is ready in under half an hour and only takes 10 minute of preparation time! What’s not to love? I found this soup warm and comforting and also rather light which is fab as this is a soup that could therefore be consumed in the summer months and isn’t even cold! Result! I have a thing about cold soup or gazpacho or whatever called! its cold. Yuck! It is also gluten and vegan free for those that require that or simply want a delicious soup.
The Carrots provide over 200% of your recommended vitamin A allowance. Carrots also contain fibre, vitamin K, potassium, folate, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, vitamin E and zinc so brilliant for the body! Wahoo cos there are quite a few in this soup!
Lentils are almost fat free and again provide fibre and also is a source of protein with each portion of soup providing 9.5g
Anyway without further a do I will get on to the recipe
Red Split Lentils 125g
Coconut Milk Can 400g
Vegetable stock of choice (I used Knorr stock pot Ensure your’s is vegan friendly if you require)
Herb Infusion pot (optional)
Chilli Flakes 2 tsp
Cumin (ground or seeds) 1 tsp
Although you don’t have to soak the lentils I did for 10 minutes and then rinsed them before I added them to the soup. While the lentils soaked I washed and grated the carrots. There is no need to peel just make sure you scrub them before you grate.
Once that is done prepare your stock and dry fry the cumin and chilli flakes
Then add the stock, coconut milk, lentils and carrots to the pan
Stir and leave to simmer for 30 minutes or until the lentils are tender.
Once tender transfer to a blender for a nice smooth creamy finish
If you prefer you can leave as is for a chunky soup or blend half so there is some texture… you decide!
The soup can then be transferred to bowls and served with warm nan breads if you aren’t avoiding gluten. I however like to have my soup with a protein of some kind and this lends itself to a nice diced chicken breast which is what I enjoyed mine with!
So so good! I definitely recommend you give this one a go! It might just end up in your dinner rotation. Perhaps it may even end up in your lunchbox for you to enjoy at work.
Wherever you choose to enjoy it hit me up in my social media and let me know how you found the recipe. Instagram would be good for this remember to @ me so that I can see!
Until next time people