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    Red lentil soup with crispy shallots

    • Preparation time: 15 minutes
    • Cooking time: 45 minutes
    • Total time: 1 hour 60 minutes

    Serves: 4


    3 tbsp olive oil
    400g Waitrose & Partners Shallots, peeled
    1 large carrot, peeled and finely diced
    1 celery stalk, peeled and finely diced
    1 tsp ground turmeric
    1 tsp ground cumin
    1 cinnamon stick
    200g Waitrose & Partners LoveLife Red Split Lentils, well rinsed
    1 litre Cooks’ Ingredients Vegetable Stock
    1 tbsp plain flour
    Pinch salt
    1 lime, juice
    4 tbsp natural yogurt 


    1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large saucepan over a medium-high heat. Dice ¾ of the shallots and add to the pan with the carrot and celery. Season, cover with a lid, and sweat gently for 6-8 minutes, until softened.

    2. Uncover, add the spices and fry for another minute, then stir in the lentils and season. Cover with the stock, bring to the boil, then simmer gently for 30-35 minutes, until the lentils are soft.

    3. Meanwhile, slice the remaining shallots and toss with the flour and pinch of salt. Heat the remaining 2 tbsp oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the shallots and fry for 2-4 minutes, stirring often until golden and crisp. Drain on kitchen paper. Squeeze the lime juice into the soup and divide between bowls (discard the cinnamon). Top each with a spoonful of yogurt and a scattering of crispy shallots.

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