Spiced carrot and lentil soup
Nothing is better than a homemade soup when hunger pangs are troubling. Homemade soup recipes are not only easy to make and can be made for any occasion, but they are packed with nutrition. One such soup is a spiced carrot and lentil soup; it does not just provide nutrition that we may miss but the flavors added to it will surely satiate your taste buds. Instead of having boring lentils, you can serve lentil soups at the dinner table or as a quick meal at any time of the day.
Carrot soups also make a great option when we talk about soups; hot carrot tomato soup in chilled winters provides a comfort to shivering souls. When served together, carrots and lentils make a great combo of taste as well as they provide many health benefits. Here is an easy spiced carrot and lentil soup recipe which can be served at any time of the and for any occasion-
|Prep Time: 10 Mins||Cooking Time: 20 Mins||Servings: 4 to 5|
Cuisine Type: Appetizer
Ingredients for spiced carrot and lentil soup
- Cumin seeds 2 tbsp
- Chilli flakes as per taste
- Carrots 500 grams
- Red lentils 140 grams
- Hot vegetable stock 1 litre
- Milk 120 ml
- Salt as needed
- Pepper as needed
- Olive oil 1 tbsp
Hot Vegetable Stock : Onions 2 to 3, Carrot 3 to 4, Celery Stalks 4 to 5, Springs 5 to 6, fresh thyme 2, Bay leaf 2, small bunch parsley 2 and whole peppercorns 2 teaspoon.
Prepare Vegetable Stock
Chop All The Vegetables in a big pot and Cover it with Water and Simmer.
Cook for One Hour or So and Remove the Vegetables
Strain and Store in a jar
Process of making spiced carrot and lentil soup
Take 500 grams carrot. Wash them under running water, peel, and grate them.
Place saucepan on a medium flame and dry-fry cumin seeds and chili flakes till the aroma releases from them. When the seeds are fried, take half to sprinkle over the soup and leave half in the pan.
Now, add carrot, lentils, vegetable stock, salt, ground pepper, and milk. Bring the mixture to boil.
Once the soup is boiled, simmer it for 20-25 minutes and then turn off the flame.
Carrot and lentil soup is ready. You can serve it hot or can wait for it to cool down. Garnish it with the remaining cumin seeds and chilli flakes. Serve it with yogurt and plain naan or just a simple garlic bread.
Tips and Variations
- If you want a smooth texture of the soup, then blend carrot and lentils in a blender.
- You can blend half and leave some of them for carrot and lentil chunks.
- There is no doubt how much lentils and carrots are important for our health, but at another hand, many of us really don’t like to eat both.
- If you want a low-fat alternative for milk then you can use coconut milk.
- To save time, you can make sop in soup maker.
Health Benefits of spiced carrot and lentil soup
Carrot has some amazing health benefits. This root crunchy veggie is a good source of beta-carotene, fiber, antioxidants, vitamin A, C, K, and B8, as well as potassium, manganese, iron, folate, and copper. Daily intake of carrot can help in reducing cholesterol level, prevent cancer, lower the risk of heart attack, enhance vision, boost the immune system, prevent and reduce signs of premature aging, improve digestion, boost oral health, control diabetes, flush toxins from the body, skin benefits, and much more.
Same as carrots, lentil is an essential part of our diet. They are a good source of protein, dietary fibre, carbohydrate, and are low in calories. There are many other nutrients available in lentils are manganese, iron, copper, vitamin B1, phosphorous, potassium, and folate. Lentils have many health benefits like muscle generation, improve heart health, digestion, control diabetes, prevent cancer, atherosclerosis, cell and gene damage, helps in weight management, provide folic acid, keeps the nervous system healthy, boosts metabolism, and many other. Including them in your daily diet will surely provide n number of health benefits.