2 tsp cumin seeds
pinch chilli flakes
2 tbsp olive oil
600g carrots washed and coarsely grated (no need to peel)
140g split red lentils
1lr hot vegetable stock (from a cube is fine)
125ml milk (to make it dairy-free, see 'try' below)
plain yogurt and naan bread, to serve
Heat a large saucepan and dry-fry 2 tsp cumin seeds and a pinch of chilli flakes for 1 min, or until they start to jump around the pan and release their aromas.
Scoop out about half with a spoon and set aside. Add 2 tbsp olive oil, 600g coarsely grated carrots, 140g split red lentils, 1lr hot vegetable stock and 125ml milk to the pan and bring to the boil.
Simmer for 15 mins until the lentils have swollen and softened.
The soup with a stick blender or in a food processor until smooth (or leave it chunky if you prefer).
Season to taste and finish with a dollop of plain yogurt and a sprinkling of the reserved toasted spices. Serve with warmed naan breads.