Recipes for Kim: Spiced lentil soup

This spiced lentil soup recipe is part of a personal project, Recipes For Kim, where a reader has sent me a list of the ingredients in her kitchen cupboard and I promised to write some recipes around them. These aren’t costed, as this isn’t my kitchen cupboard, but I will add them to the Below The Line recipe section over the next few days…

Recipes for Kim: Spiced lentil soup

1tbsp oil
2 onions, chopped
2 carrots, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 small red chilli or pinch of the dried stuff
400g chopped tomatoes
2 cups red lentils

In a medium heavy based saucepan, gently heat the oil.

Finely slice the carrots and onion, and cook on a low heat, stirring to soften.

Add the cumin and chopped chilli.

When the onions have started to soften, pour over the chopped tomatoes, and add the lentils. Add four cups of water for every cup of lentils. Stir, and turn the heat up to bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer.

Simmer for 20 minutes or until the lentils have swollen.

Serve chunky or blend until smooth.

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