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Spicy Vegetable Soup with Red Lentils

Spicy Vegetable Soup with Red Lentils

A warming, satisfying spicy vegetable soup with red lentils.
Course Lunch
Cuisine Fusion
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 190kcal


  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 large onion (280g) chopped
  • 1 medium leek sliced
  • 1 stalk of celery sliced
  • 1 5cm piece of root ginger peeled and grated
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • ½ tbs coriander stems finely chopped
  • 1 heaped tsp garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon dried red chilli flakes plus more for serving (optional)
  • ¼ tsp each sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • 2 medium parsnips (225g) peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 medium carrots (300g) peeled and roughly chopped
  • 250 g butternut squash peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 1 large potato (250g) peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 100 g red lentils
  • 1 litre vegetable stock

For serving

  • Greek yoghurt
  • Fresh coriander leaves
  • More red chilli flakes
  • Crusty bread


  • Heat the oil and butter in a large saucepan, over a medium heat. 
    Add the onion and cook until the onion is soft. Add the celery and leek and cook for about 5 minutes, then add the ginger and garlic, cook until you can smell the garlic.
  • Stir in the spices, coriander stalks and chilli flakes and cook for about one minute.
    Add the vegetables to the pot then cover with the stock, now add the lentils, salt and pepper and give everything a good stir.
  • Bring the soup to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked through. 
    Check the seasoning and add more salt or pepper if needed.
    Use a hand-held blender to blend the soup to a smooth soup. If you find it too thick for you then add some water and blitz again with the blender.
  • Serve with a dollop of Greek yoghurt, more chilli flakes, coriander leaves and some good crusty bread.


  • Calories are approximate and do not include toppings or bread.


Calories: 190kcal