Spicy Onion Soup with Lentils

The addition of garam masala makes this soup sparkle. It's like a French onion soup but thick with lentils and spice. Vegetable stock gives a better flavour than water, and chicken stock works well for non-vegetarians. Serve with some toasted naan.


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 5 cups sliced onions
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon chopped ginger
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1/2 cup red lentils
  • 4 cups vegetable stock or water
  • 1/4 cup yogurt


Heat butter in a soup pot over medium heat. Add onions, sprinkle with salt and cook slowly, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes, or until nicely caramelized. Add ginger and garam masala and cook 1 minute longer. Add lentils and stock and bring to boil. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, or until lentils have exploded. Adjust seasoning. Swirl with yogurt. Serves 4