Spicy Lentil, Chickpea and Sweetcorn Soup

IMG_2350It’s official – Summer is well and truly over. It’s only 23rd of August 2014 but I’m seriously thinking about switching on the central heating.  It’s only my skinflint Yorkshire roots holding me back, so I’m in need of an alternative central heating.  This is a really simple and flavoursome soup which can be turned around very quickly – just what you need as the depressing signs of winter start to show themselves

This take on Spicy Lentil Soup incorporates some of my freshly harvested sweetcorn – so much better if you’ve just picked it in the garden, but supermarket cobs or even tins will do very nicely as an alternative. If using fresh, cook them only for a minute to keep them nice and crunchy

Great with crusty bread, or with tortilla chips for more of a Mexican feel!

Serves 3-4


  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Cumin Seeds, whole
  • 3 medium Red Onions, diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 1 Cayenne type Chilli Pepper, finely chopped, including seeds (or to taste)
  • 150g Red Lentils
  • 300ml Tomato Pulp** (or 1 tin of Tomatoes, or 6 fresh tomatoes, finely chopped)
  • 1 tin Chickpeas
  • 900ml Boiling Water
  • 3 tsp Marigold Vegetable Stock Powder
  • 2 fresh Sweetcorn Cobs (or a small tin)
  • a handful of Coriander leaves, finely chopped


  • In a medium sized pan fry off the cumin seeds in the oil for a few seconds then add the onion, garlic and chilli. Stir well and sweat off for a few minutes until the onion has softened but do not burn the spices!
  • Stir in the lentils, tomato pulp and water.  Bring to the boil and simmer until the lentils start to soften (10-15 minutes)
  • Add the stock powder and stir well.  Taste and adjust the seasoning
  • Strip the corn kernels from the cob and add to the pan for just 1-2 minutes, along with the chopped coriander then serve an optional dollop of sour cream or Greek yoghurt


One Comment Add yours

  1. Oh wow! This soup looks and sounds absolutely lovely! Loving the addition of sweetcorn – that’s something I’ll have to try next time. If you have a minute, I’d love your thoughts on my lentil & pepper soup 🙂 http://goodfoodmarsh.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/sassy-pepper-and-lentil-soup/

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