Meatless Monday: Spicy Lentil Soup

I usually do meatless meals for at least one, sometimes two, weekend evenings, if I can slip it past my family’s notice.  Meatless Monday would cause a riot in our house (Mondays are bad enough, let’s not deprive them of their meat as well), so I don’t try it, but this is a good recipe for a chilly Meatless Monday evening – Spicy Red Lentil Soup.

Here’s how it came about:

Last Saturday we went out for lunch at Coffeeberries, a coffee shop at Cascades Mall in Maritzburg.  I had a tasty grilled hake fillet, really spicy and done to perfection, with roasted veggies, and not the usual old butternut/creamed spinach mix either, but roasted baby veggies – courgettes, sweetcorn, peppers, etc. It was delicious! 

Then for supper, we braaied a perfect rump steak, since the weather was slightly warmer, and we were having ‘braai-withdrawals’.  It went down a treat with home-made garlic bread and a salad full of goodies like avo, seeds and strawberries, yum.

So on Sunday, I suggested to AP and NJ that a meatless meal for supper would be a good idea, after all Saturday had been a pig-out.  They argued that fish wasn’t really a meat (!), but I won and they got a spicy lentil soup for supper (okay, so AP did talk NJ into making him a toasted bacon and egg sarmie to go with his soup – he doesn’t believe in meat-free anything).

The soups was delicious, a new recipe which I got from the blog (amazing blog, do check it out).  I did change the recipe a little, so here’s my variation:

Spicy Red Lentil Soup

a good splash of olive oil, for frying

2 onions, finely chopped

4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon chilli powder

2 sachet tomato paste (+/- 3 Tbsps)

salt & pepper

2 litres chicken stock

2 large carrots, finely diced

2 cups red lentils, sorted and washed

extra boiling water, to top up if needed

juice of 1 lemon

  • Heat the oil in a large pot, fry the onions until slightly browned, add the garlic and cook for another minute
  • Stir in the spices and fry for a minute – don’t let them burn, then add the tomato paste and seasoning,  stir through to blend
  • Add the stock, carrots, lentils and as much water as you think it needs, stir very well
  • Bring to the boil, turn down to simmer and cook for 30 – 40 minutes, until the lentils are soft – add more water if needed
  • Just before serving, check the seasoning and adjust to taste, then stir in the juice of the lemon – this really makes a difference to the flavour
  • Serve with brown seed bread toast
  • Enjoy!

Apologies for a less than glamourous photo – I’m not very good at ‘dressing-up’ soup!  Trust me, though, the flavours were wonderful 🙂


6 responses to “Meatless Monday: Spicy Lentil Soup

  1. Lentil soup is just the best, and I think your photo makes it look wonderful. Am now craving a big bowl of it, even though I´m sitting in the garden at 10pm sweating!


  2. Just what the doctor ordered 🙂


  3. lovely adaption of this recipe 🙂


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