It’s definitely soup season and there’s nothing I like better than a warming spicy soup with lots of beans and lentils. When I made this soup I was trying to re-create an amazing Persian dish which we have at one of our favourite restaurants. (The restaurant is near Shrewsbury. It’s called Old Hall Persian and I would definitely recommend it if you’re ever in the area as the food is amazing).
I’m not sure if I’ve succeeded in the re-creation exactly but the soup tastes really good and has lots of delicious warming spices so it’s all good – I just love the combination of fragrant cinnamon and cumin with the smoked paprika and chilli flakes.
You could use dried chickpeas and beans but I rarely have time and think that organic tinned or in a carton (sainsburys have those) do the job.
This recipe makes enough for four portions so it’s great for keeping in the fridge for work or freezing a couple of portions.
You can also swap the spinach for any greens; kale is delicious as is spring greens.
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