Moroccan Spiced Lentil & Chickpea Soup

This might just be the heartiest and tastiest soup I’ve made to date. Rich and wholesome lentils, chickpeas in a lovely warming spiced tomato sauce. I love this combination of spices (cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, smoked paprika & chilli) as it gives a gorgeous smokey flavour. So good! 
I used to make a similar soup on Sundays in preparation for batching up and taking to work for lunches – really perfect as it’s super chunky and filling with the veg and pulses. 

It’s really good on its own but I’ve added a drizzle of tahini dressing for extra creaminess. 
I hope you love this delicious soup as much as me xx

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  4 servings
  15 minutes preparation time
  30 minutes cook time


  • 1 large onion chopped roughly 
  • 2 tbsp olive oil 
  • 3 garlic cloves sliced 
  • 2 celery sticks chopped into small dice 
  • 2 carrots chopped into small dice 
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds 
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric 
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika 
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes – optional 
  • 5 plumb tomatoes roughly sliced 
  • 1 litre veg stock 
  • 200g red split lentils washed 
  • 2 tbsp rose harissa or 1 tbsp harissa
  • 1 can chickpeas drained 
  • 3 handfuls coriander chopped roughly 
  • 1 tsp sea salt
Tahini dressing 
  • Juice 1 lemon 
  • 1 tbsp tahini 
  • 3 – 4 tbsp water 
  • 1/2 sea salt 
  • Twist black pepper 
  • Coriander 


  1. In a large pan add the olive oil and onions and cook on a medium heat for 7-8 minutes until soft and browning. 
  2. Add in the garlic, celery and carrot. salt, Stir to combine and cook for a 2-3 minutes or so. Add the spices and stir until the veg is coated. 
  3. Now add the chopped tomatoes, allow them to soften a little. Next add the stock, lentils  and harisa. Simmer for 10 minutes covered then remove  the lid and simmer for a further 10 minutes. Add the chickpeas and coriander, stir to combine. 
  4. Season well. 
To make the tahini dressing; 
  1. Add all the ingredients to a mini chopper and blitz until creamy. 
To serve; 
  1. Drizzle with tahini dressing, coriander and chilli flakes. 

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  1. Lena on August 8, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    Made the Morrocan spiced to.atoe soup for a friend who had just had a baby. She and her can’t are vegan and she absolutely loved it ( as did I). Thank you

    • Niki on August 20, 2019 at 5:57 am

      Fantastic news Lena!
      Much love
      Niki xx

  2. L. Williams on August 26, 2019 at 12:45 am

    Best soup ever! I’ve made it three times in the past month!!!

    • Niki on August 27, 2019 at 10:24 am

      Fantastic! So happy to hear. Its one of my favourites too.
      Niki xxx

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  5. Anka on November 30, 2019 at 5:58 am

    One of the best things our family ate, that is amazing, thank you!

    • Niki on December 2, 2019 at 10:10 am

      So happy

  6. Chi Chi Izundu on January 5, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    This is by far one of your best recipes!! It is so simple and so packed with flavour. I also added in some sweet potatoes that I needed to use up. A small bowl was so filling. ❤️❤️❤️It! x

    • Niki on January 6, 2020 at 8:41 am

      Yay! so happy you think so. I love it as well.
      Love, Niki xxx

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  8. Daan weijerman on January 28, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    Delicious, healthy, heartwarming comfort food! All my friends asked for the recipe after eating this winning dish 😉 Thanks Nikky, you’re the best xxx

    • Niki on January 28, 2020 at 10:33 pm

      Hey Daan
      Aww amazing! So happy to hear xx
      Lots of love
      Niki xxx

  9. Lauren Yonge on February 1, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    Adding a vegan recipe a week into our lives. This recipe was a perfect addition to our typical meals! Added sweet potatoes and replaced harissa (not available in our grocery store) with some Sriracha. Great flavor!

    • Niki on February 2, 2020 at 11:36 am

      Hi Lauren
      So happy you enjoyed.
      Niki xx

  10. norma wilson on February 17, 2020 at 10:22 am

    Fantastic recipe, huge hit with the family. I have been making it one a week for a couple of months now its a complete healthy meal i a bowl and cheap to make, bonas!!!

    • Niki on February 18, 2020 at 4:19 pm

      Hi happy you like Norma!
      Love, Niki xxx

  11. roxane on March 5, 2020 at 12:02 am

    amazing recipe! do you know how many calories are in this recipe??

    • Niki on March 7, 2020 at 12:40 pm

      Thank you Roxane
      Im afraid I don’t calculate the calories.
      Niki xxx

  12. Jude Delaney on March 10, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    This is sooooooo good! I made it to give to a poorly friend and after tasting it, it nearly didn’t leave the kitchen but I’ll be making a vat full for myself tomorrow. A fabulous recipe Niki, thank you.

    • Niki on March 11, 2020 at 2:10 pm

      Aww so happy to hear Jude!
      Niki xxx

  13. Nina on April 2, 2020 at 10:50 am

    Hi do you use sweet smoked Spanish paprika or hot smoked Spanish paprika? I’ve only just discovered your fabulous blog, I’m going to look at your book on Amazon UK when I get a chance…Thanks

    • Niki on April 2, 2020 at 3:50 pm

      Hi Nina
      Aww amazing! Yes, sweet smoked.
      So hope you love my book 😉
      Much love
      Niki xxx

  14. Kathleen on April 5, 2020 at 8:27 am

    I was hesitant as I was making this but when all done it tasted amazing! Simple to follow recipe, very easy and tastes amazing like something my mum would cook on cold day! Thanks a million xx

    • Niki on April 5, 2020 at 1:45 pm

      Aww amazing! So happy.
      Niki xxx

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