Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Indian Onion Soup

I have always been intrigued by French onion soup. The pictures of the soup on websites make me drool, drool and drool!!!  I read through the recipes and obviously beef was in fact the main ingredient for the soup.  Well, beef was definitely out of the picture because we don't eat beef.  I suppose that says why I don't share beef recipes and there was only once, a guest post I requested on Perfect Rib Eye Steak. 
Somehow the French onion soup recipes continued to linger on my mind. I still wanted to make an onion soup. So I used the yellow onions and came up with my version of onion soup, slanted towards an Indian style. I used 2 large yellow onions, 1/2 liter of homemade vegetable stock plus some Indian spices ---- the star anise, cloves, bay leaves and turmeric powder. By the way, turmeric is an invariable ingredient for Indian cooking, known for the anti oxidant properties. Just a small quantity goes a long way for the peppery and piquant taste.

The soup by itself will be a great entree/starter.  However you can enjoy the soup with grilled baguette slices. The rain has been pouring like made over here and the best comfort food for us was the delicious yellowish orange hue soup with grilled baguette slices dipped inside.  

2 large yellow onions - sliced thinly
1 star anize
3 cloves
1 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 medium size bay leaves
1/2 liter 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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