Now there’s a thing. If you go to you just get a crappy illustration of ‘Lenny the Lentil’ and an email link, doesn’t seem to have been registered, and is the blog site of a senior network engineer called Robert Lister. I mention this only because I can’t think of an introduction to this recipe.

Spicy Lentil Soup

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Skill level: Easy
Serves: 4


  • red lentils – 150g – washed
  • 1 onion – finely chopped
  • 2 carrots – grated
  • vegetable stock – 1 litre
  • fresh ginger – about ¾ inch cube – grated
  • juice of 1 lime
  • chilli flakes – pinch
  • cumin – tsp
  • oil for frying

Heat some oil in a large pan and fry the ginger and spices for a few minutes.

Add the vegetables and cook for a further 5 minutes. Next add the stock, ‘Lenny the Lentil’ and friends, bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes.

Blend until smooth, add the lime juice and serve.



“Hello readers, I’m Lenny the Lentil and I’m crap”





Verdict: For a lentil soup this is relatively light, and has a subtle spiciness about it. The quantity of ginger and chilli could be upped if you fancy something a little more aggressive. We added a swirl of coconut milk which was left over in the fridge.

Drink: Too early.

Entertainment: This was eaten for Sunday lunch, so the entertainment was a carpet of Observer supplements. This week there was a free ‘BOOK OF SPACE’ which will make excellent toilet reading.

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