Spicy Lentil Soup -great winter warmer served at our Garden Lights Festival


  • a small piece ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • a pinch chilli flakes
  • 1 onion , finely chopped
  • 2 large carrots , peeled and grated
  • 150g red lentils
  • 1l vegetable stock fresh, cube or concentrate
  • 1 lime , juiced to taste
  • a small bunch coriander leaves

•Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large pan and fry the ginger and spices for a couple of minutes. Add the vegetables and cook for 5 minutes more then add the lentils and stock.
•Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until the lentils are tender. Blend until smooth or leave chunky. Stir through a squeeze of lime juice and serve sprinkled with coriander.