Store cupboard recipes: Lentil soup

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Shikha of has created many nutritious family friendly recipes, and during the lockdown she has kindly shared some with Family Friendly Working readers. Each recipe is designed to use store cupboard ingredients to come up with inspiration for a family friendly meal. We hope you enjoy cooking and eating them! Come back next week for another recipe.

Lentil Soup

This soup is comforting, warming, delicious and packed with nutritious ingredients. This soup comes together in under 30 minutes and is so simple to make! It is rich in iron, protein, vitamins and minerals and a deliciously well-balanced meal for all the family!

You can either leave this soup a little chunky or puree it until smooth if serving to babies.

  • Prep: 10 mins + soaking time
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Serves: 2 adults & 2 toddlers
  • Suitable From: 6 months +
  • Can be frozen for 3 months

What do you need?

  • 1 cup red lentils soaked for at least 3 hours
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 small potato, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsps tomato paste
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 5 cups vegetable stock * see note
  • 1/2 lemon
  • A large handful of chopped parsley
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Optional: A small handful of fresh mint, finely chopped


1. Rinse the soaked lentils until the water runs clear and set aside.

2. Heat the ghee in a large pan over a medium heat and when hot add in the onion, carrots, garlic and potato. Sauté for a few minutes and then add in the tomato paste.

3. Add in the cumin, coriander and turmeric and cook for another minute.

4. Add in the vegetable stock, lentils and parsley. Turn the heat to low, pop on the lid and simmer for about 20 minutes, until the lentils are soft.

5. Squeeze in the lemon juice and season with black pepper and stir well.

6. If pureeing, puree with a hand-held immersion blender or allow to cool and then puree in a blender.

7. Serve topped with fresh mint. I love a sprinkling of cayenne pepper for adults!

Note: If serving this to babies and young children use a low sodium stock cube.

Make it vegan: Use avocado oil instead of ghee.

Shikha has created four eBooks, perfect for busy parents in need of quick and easy food ideas. The range includes ‘Toddler Friendly Family Meals’, ‘Easy Healthy Snacks’, ‘Family Friendly Instant Pot’ and the recently launched ‘Authentic Indian Family Food’, the first Indian recipe eBook featuring dishes suitable from six months and up (all £8.99). Available from, Shikha also shares daily recipes and advice on

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