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Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 2


1 small onion

1 medium carrot

1 medium potato

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon turmeric

570ml (1 pint) hot water

½ stock cube

50g (2oz) red lentils

black pepper to season


1. Peel and chop the onion and potato and wash and chop the carrot.

2. Heath the oil in a saucepan, add the onion, carrot and potato and fry on a low heat until softened for about 3 minutes.

3. Add the cumin, coriander and turmeric.

4. Make the stock by adding half a stock cube to 570ml (1 pint) hot water.

5. Add the red lentils and stock and season with black pepper.

6. Cover the pan with a lid and turn up the heat until the soup is boiling. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for about 35 minutes or until the lentils are soft, stirring occasionally. Add a little more water if required.

7. For a smoother soup put in a blender or through a sieve.

Lentil Soup in a bowl on a wood background