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Friday Food: Chilli Beef Soup

Friday Food: Spiced Carrot and Lentil Soup

I felt the need for something vegetable-y, and the Winter Family Circle has some great vegetable and soup recipes. This soup is delectable and cheap. It cost 27 cents for the carrots and 32 cents for the lentils. I had coriander seeds, ground coriander and stock and just bought some sour cream and crusty bread. It's about 50 cents a serve I think. (I did have to buy a kilo of carrots and 375g of lentils)

I don't have a mortar and pestle so I just crushed the cooked coriander seeds with the back of a spoon. It was very easy.

This recipe serves two and it only took 35 minutes to prepare and cook. The recipe could be doubled or tripled and it would freeze very well.


Spicy Carrot and Lentil Soup  serves 2

  • 300 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup (60g) split red lentils, rinsed
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/2 tspn ground coriander
  • salt and pepper to taste (I didn't add any)
  • 1/4 tspn coriander seeds
  • 2 tbspn sour cream
  • crusty bread, to serve

Bring the stock to a boil in a medium saucepan over a high heat.

Peel and top and tail the carrots. Chop roughly and add to the stock with the lentils and ground coriander.

Carrot and lentils
Bring the stock back to the boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 25-30 minutes, until the carrots are soft.

Stock,  blend
Blend the soup until it is smooth and return it to the pan to keep hot.

Meanwhile, cook the coriander seeds in a dry pan over a medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Crush and set aside.

Cook coriander seeds and crush
Serve with a spoonful of sour cream, a sprinkle of the crushed coriander seeds and some crusty bread.

Carrot and lentil soup



that looks delectable - I love carrots !


I made carrot soup a few years ago, but wasn't too impressed. But this one sounds fabulous! Might have to revisit carrot soup!


Yum! That really does sound good - and easy.


This recipe is on my list to try as well, some awesome recipes in that magazine. I'm trying the prawn and coconut soup today but with chicken instead.


Delicious. I love soup & now that the weather is cooler, I have been making some. We had vegetable soup in beef stock last night.


That looks good. I made dhal with lentils last night and that was good. Another suggestion for carrot soup is to put orange juice in it.


I bought the winter Family Circle this week too, as much for the recipes as for the cute knitting patterns in it. I have already started the bunny knitting!


Yummy. I have carrots and corriander seeds and lentils in my cupboard!

Michelle Lee

One thing I love about winter is making soups!!! Now to add this recipe to my list!!! :)


In that same magazine there's a recipe for carrot patties. It uses besan, chickpea flour, but I have potato flour I'll substitute. Family dinner for Mothers Day on Sunday here and I need something for the gluten free kids.

Soup is just so good, hope you enjoyed yours. I've just made three flavours with stock from a BBQ chicken carcase.


my vegie box this week came with a recipe for carrot and coriander soup! i'd never heard of such a thing before, but i think im willing to give it a try. this looks fabulous!


I made this for lunch today. It was good and I have another serve left for tomorrow.


I love the recipe! I have a great recipe for butternut squash soup with apples. There's nothing better than a great soup.


Oooh thanks for this recipe. I was looking at the lentils in the cupboard wondering what I could do with them (apart from the dhal they were bought for) and you've given me the answer.

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