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Spiced vegetable soup with lentils and roasted chilli

Spiced vegetable soup with lentils and roasted chilli
3 red chillies (see tip below)3 tbsp oil (cold-pressed rapeseed oil or light olive oil)2 onions, finely sliced2 bay leaves2 tsp cumin seeds1 tbsp garam masala3 carrots, chopped into bite-size pieces2 celery sticks, chopped into small bite-size pieces2 garlic cloves, finely chopped300g dried green or brown lentils, washed, soaked in water for 30 minutes, then drained1.5 litres hot vegetable stock100g broccoli florets or baby broccoli2 handfuls spinach leavesJuice ½ lemon4 tbsp Greek yogurt to serve 01.Start by roasting 2 of the chillies. If you have a gas hob, put a wire rack over the flames and roast the chillies on top until blistered and black. If not, char them under a very hot grill. Keep turning the chillies so they colour evenly. This should take about 5 minutes.

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