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Lentil and Chickpea Soup

Ingredients

  • 225g dried red lentils
  • 1 can (400g) of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (400g) diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1.4L vegetable broth
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh parsley or coriander for garnish (optional)

Method:

Lentil and Chickpea Soup is a comforting bowl of nourishment that blends the earthy richness of lentils with the hearty texture of chickpeas. Simmered to perfection, this soup is a harmonious medley of protein-packed legumes, creating a wholesome and satisfying base.

The broth, infused with aromatic spices and herbs, elevates the flavour profile, offering a warm and comforting experience. Whether enjoyed as a hearty meal on its own or paired with crusty bread, this soup is a delicious embodiment of simplicity and nourishment, making it a perfect choice for a wholesome and satisfying meal.

  1. Start by washing the red lentils in a fine-mesh strainer and rinse them under cold water. Set them aside to drain.
  2. Dice the carrots and celery, chop the onion, and mince the garlic.
  3. In a large soup pot, heat a bit of olive oil over medium heat.
  4. Add the chopped onion, carrots, and celery to the pot. Sauté for about 5-7 minutes, or until the vegetables start to soften and the onion becomes translucent.
  5. Add the minced garlic, ground cumin, ground coriander, and paprika to the pot. Sauté for an additional 1-2 minutes to toast the spices, stirring constantly.
  6. Add the washed and drained red lentils and chickpeas to the pot. Stir well to combine with the sautéed vegetables and spices.
  7. Pour in the vegetable broth and the can of diced tomatoes (including the liquid). Stir everything together.
  8. Bring the soup to a boil. Once it’s boiling, reduce the heat to low and cover the pot. Let the soup simmer for about 20-25 minutes, or until the lentils and vegetables are tender. Stir occasionally.
  9. Taste the soup and season with salt and pepper to your preference. Adjust the seasoning as needed.
  10. Serve!

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