Spiced Lentil Soup

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Spiced Lentil Soup
I should have been at a patchwork class today but it had to be cancelled because of the snow. I HATE SNOW. Anyway what was I to do to entertain myself? Brian suggested making rock buns, ok I could do that but first some soup for lunch because it is really cold. This version of lentil soup is Gordon Ramsey’s from his book Gordon Ramsey’s Cookery Course. It was easy as are most soups and it was really thick, more like a dahl, which isn’t a bad thing, I like dahl. Obviously more stock would make it thinner but I enjoyed it as it was. It was spiced but not spicy hot.

Spiced Lentil Soup


  • 275g red lentils rinsed
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, very finely chopped
  • 1tsp ground cumin
  • 1tsp ground coriander
  • 2tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1tbsp tomato puree
  • 1l chicken stock
  • salt and pepper


  1. Saute the onion and garlic for 4-6 minutes till slightly softened.
  2. Stir in the ground spices and tomato puree then cook for another minute.
  3. Add the lentils and the stock and bring to the boil.
  4. Lower the heat and simmer till the lentils are very soft. Keep an eye on the pan and be ready to add more water if the soup gets too thick.
  5. Taste then season.
  6. Ladle half of the soup into a blender and whiz to a puree then pour back into the pan. The soup should still be a bit chunky.
  7. Serve with a dollop of natural yoghurt, if you like it, and some coriander leaves.

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