Spicy Vegan Lentil & Chickpea Soup



Last updated on August 23rd, 2018

Spicy Vegan Lentil & Chickpea Soup

Spicy Vegan Lentil & Chickpea Soup

A dear friend of mine put in a request for a spicy vegan recipe last week, and I have to admit – at first I was a little bit nervous! Could I create something delicious that was completely vegan? I know there are tons of awesome vegan recipes out there, but this is something I have very little experience working with. I usually rely heavily on chicken broth even when cooking “meat-less” dishes. If its not that, its eggs or cheese.

“Oh man…” I thought at first. But that quickly turned to “Let’s try this..”

I wracked my brain & starting thinking along the lines of lentils & chickpeas, to pack some protein & fiber into the dish. I also immediately gravitated to the spice rack, as cumin, curry powder, cayenne pepper & smoked paprika have become my go-to spices lately. I also picked up some Harissa paste by Cava the other day at Whole Foods. It’s spicy & full of flavor – I thought it would go nicely in the soup as well. If you can get your hands on some – DO IT! This stuff is delicious.


It all kind of came together after that. I have to say, I’m super pleased with how this turned out & I’m very proud of the recipe! This gets me excited to get out of my comfort zone & try new things with recipes that I wouldn’t normally try. If you guys have any requests, send them my way. I love a challenge!

So, here we go! My spicy vegan lentil & chickpea soup recipe!

Here’s What I Used:

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 medium yellow onion
1 & 1/2 cups carrots (I used about 15 baby carrots)
4 garlic cloves
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. curry powder
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
4 cups vegetable broth
2 cups water
2 tbsp. harissa paste by Cava (if you can get your hands on the Cava product, can be found at Whole Foods – it is SO delicious!!)
1 pinch red pepper flakes
1 tsp. salt + more to taste
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 cup red split lentils
1 cup chickpeas
2 cups kale
Juice of 1/2 to 1 whole lemon

Spicy Lentil & Chickpea Soup

Here’s How I Made It:

  1. Prep all of the ingredients beforehand. This soup is all about timing in my opinion to really develop the flavors. Dice the onion, mince the garlic, chop the carrots & set the spices aside. Rip the rough part of the kale from the leafy part & set that aside as well. If you need to rinse your lentils or chickpeas, do so, & set those aside as well. Here’s what I did with the carrots & onions beforehand to make my life a little easier:
    Spicy Lentil & Chickpea Soup, carrots, onions
  2. Warm the olive oil in the bottom of your Dutch oven or pot over medium heat.
  3. Once the oil is warm – this should take a minute or two, add the chopped onion & carrot, stirring it often until the onion gets soft & turns translucent. It should look like this:
    Spicy Lentil & Chickpea Soup, carrots, onions
  4. Next add in the garlic, cumin, curry powder, cayenne pepper & smoked paprika. Stir constantly & cook for about 30 seconds, until fragrant then add in the diced tomatoes. Stir these frequently as well, so that they soak up the rich flavors of the spices.
    Spicy Lentil & Chickpea Soup, spices, garlic
  5. Pour in the broth & water. Add 1 teaspoon of salt & a pinch of red pepper flakes & season generously with ground black pepper. Add in the two tablespoons of harissa if you are using it and stir for a few moments.
  6. Raise the heat to bring the soup to a boil, then cover your pot & bring the heat to a gentle simmer for 15 minutes.
  7. After 15 minutes, remove the lid to add the red split lentils & chickpeas, stir, then add the lid back & let it simmer for another 15 minutes.
    Spicy Lentil & Chickpea Soup
  8. Add in the kale & cover for another 5 minutes or so – or until the greens are cooked how you like them.
    Spicy Lentil & Chickpea Soup, Kale
  9. Remove the soup from heat & stir in as much lemon juice as you’d like. Salt & pepper to taste and serve immediately!
    Spicy Lentil & Chickpea Soup
  10. Enjoy!!
    Spicy Vegan Lentil & Chickpea Soup

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did. I will be creating more vegan recipes in the future – to challenge myself & also because… YUM!!

Until next time,


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