Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Indian Onion Soup

I've always been intrigued by French onion soup. But the truth is I've never made it before. Still, whenever I see the pictures of the soup or come across the recipes, the temptation is like crazy to try. Certainly I can't replicate as beef is one of the primary ingredients. So I  thought I might as well create my version. A vegetarian version made with yellow onions, vegetable stock and Indian spices, paired with grilled baguettes. 

2 large yellow onions - sliced thinly
1 star anise
2 cloves
1 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 medium size bay leaves
1/2 litre vegetable stock
1 tbsp butter
Salt and pepper for taste
coriander leaves -shredded

Heat butter and when heated, sweat onions to soften its texture.
Add spices and continue to fry for another 1-2 mins.
Pour in stock and simmer.
Let the liquid reduce to about 1/3.
Remove from heat, garnish with coriander leaves and serve with grilled baguette slices.
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  1. have heard of french onion soup. Indian onion soup is a first for me!

  2. hi nava. this is very interesting cos it's spicy. would love to try this and eat with french loaf for my breakfast. have a nice day

  3. Delicious soup. I love to have it now as my both nose is stuffed.

  4. Yeah, right. This Indian soup is perfect during rainy season. Thanks for sharing this Navaneetham! Hopefully, I could get some turmeric or turmeric powder so I could make this. :)

  5. Yummy. Think this will be good for my curen flu bug...

  6. An Indian version of onion soup looks just as delicious if not more :)

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  7. YUM! This looks fabulous. I could use this on a 40 degree day like today :(

  8. Nava, I have never tried or made onion soup but this is probably the easiest soup I can try now. It sound delicious to dip the bread and eat hot soup on such rainy weather.

  9. onion soup will try it one day :)

  10. Hate to be a nay-sayer, but we tried it last night and it was not a big success. It was destined for the trash can but spent the night in the pot, on the stove. I took a little taste this morning and, surprise, surprise, it was much better, maybe even good. It seemed as tho it had "mellowed," and the tumeric taste was much less intense. When I try it again, I will "age" the soup before eating, and also try something other than the vegetable stock ... maybe diluted chicken stock. I will also look for some additional Indian seasons to add to this. But, its a good idea, and may be to our liking when we muck around with it a little.

  11. Hi J Fordice,

    I am shocked to read your comments. My friends made the soup and they were very pleased with the taste. Wonder what went wrong when you made the same. Well, you can try with chicken stock, nothing is wrong with that. Could it be the type of turmeric powder you used?

    I have been adding turmeric for many of the different types of soup I made and we loved the flavor. Thanks for your feedback anyway.


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