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Tomato, Chickpea and Lentil Soup

Alternative title: I’ve been saying “jolly good” far too much recently…I blame Malcolm Reed…Yes I am a Trekkie. I regret nothing!


“What else have we seen this guy in?” my brain mutters.

Desmond’s” I whisper back and reach for a strawberry “it was that show about the barbers shop in Peckham“.

“A barbers shop?…In Peckham?”

“Yeah…Was quite a good series from what I recall” I bob another strawberry in my mouth.

“How do you even remember that?”

“He was the stylist with the very tight trousers…” I find myself frowning at the now empty punnet.

My brain, however, is lost for words – for a change!




Serves 4-5

1 tbsp olive oil

3 x medium carrots

1 x large onion

200g split red lentils

2 cloves of garlic

200g drained chickpeas

2 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp coriander seeds

1 tsp fennel seeds

1 x 400g tin of tomatoes

2 pints vegetable stock


Tomato, chickpea and lentil soup ingredients

I love that such simple ingredients…


Chop the onion and carrots…As chunky as you like!


Tomato, chickpea and lentil spices

…Can be thrown together…


Toast the cumin, coriander and fennel seeds by adding them to a hot frying pan for a minute (until they darken slightly), then transfer to a mortar and pestle (or processor) to smush.


Tomato, chickpea and lentil spices2

…And compliment each other in such a way…

Heat the olive oil in a pan (over a medium heat), then add the onions and garlic – cook until tender.

Add the carrots and cook for a further 5 minutes before adding the cumin, coriander and fennel.

Once combined add the tomatoes and stock – bring to the boil. Throw in the lentils and cook as instructed on the pack.

Add the chickpeas for the final 5 minutes and enjoy!


Tomato, chickpea and lentil soup

…That creates something so delicious!


This makes one very thick, comforting, nutritious and filling soup – perfect for gloomy days!

R x

PS – As I mentioned on Tuesday I’m taking a mini-break this weekend for my birthday; if you would like to see photos of my favourite part of the UK then drop by my Instagram…Hopefully the weather will play nice!


Two apples a day???…


Thoughts upon turning 30


  1. Looks yummy, adding this to my winter nom list 🙂

  2. oh, that looks so yummy! I have to try this out – glad I ran across your blog, now I know what we will have for dinner tonight! Blessings

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