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Frugal Red Lentil Soup

Servings 2


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 1 large carrot about 150g, cubed
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 700 ml vegetable stock
  • 150 g red lentils
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Black pepper
  • Chopped fresh coriander to serve optional


  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the onion and garlic gently for 5 minutes to soften.
  • Add the cumin and carrot, stir well and fry for 2 more minutes.
  • Stir in the red lentils.
  • Add the stock, bring to the boil and simmer for about 20 minutes, until the carrot and lentils are cooked.
  • Season with black pepper and the lemon juice just before serving.
  • If you have fresh coriander, serve it to sprinkle on top.