Red lentil, chickpea and chilli soup

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Once again I’m behind on Photo A Day April, I will fix this asap. However I wanted to take the time to show you a lovely recipe that I’m having for lunch today – a red lentil, chickpea and chilli soup!

Today’s recipe is a red lentil, chickpea and chilli soup – so tasty, and very easy to make.


  • 2 tsp cumin
  • Large pinch of chilli flakes
  • Red onion
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 140g red lentils
  • 850ml vegetable stock
  • 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 400g chickpeas


  1. Dry fry the cumin and chilli flakes until bouncing in the pan or the aromas are released.
  2. Add the oil and onion and fry for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the lentils, stock and chopped tomatoes. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat and blitz.
  5. Stir in the chickpeas and season to taste.

There you have it, a nice simple soup that really takes half an hour at the most! In my opinion, there needs to be more chilli in it but apart from that it’s a great meal.

A bowl of red lentil, chickpea and chilli soup
Not the best picture I’ve taken

Following these quantities, I’ve managed to make 5-6 servings of the soup. Now, BBC GoodFood predicted that, if I was to buy the ingredients today from Tesco, it would cost me 56p per serving (4 servings) (at time of writing).

Red lentil, chickpea and chilli soup Life With Ktkinnes
So taking into account that I have 5-6 servings from it, and don’t need bread because of the chickpeas, lunch today has cost me between 37p and 45p. That’s fantastic for a student on a budget!

Do you have any cheap, go-to lunches for days when you just can’t think?
Ktkinnes xx

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