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Wednesday, January 12, 2011


You can’t make French onion soup in Pakistan as the ingredients aren’t readily available. However, it is winter now, and here is our version of a good, warming soup, made primarily with onions, which purify the blood, are rich in antioxidants and the vitamins and minerals needed to stave off a cold.
6 large onions, sliced
10 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tbsp sugar
1 beef bone (preferably a marrow bone)
3 green chillies, finely chopped
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1½ litres of water
fresh coriander leaves
oil for frying

Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the cumin seeds and mustards seeds, then the onions, garlic and chilli powder and fry for 7 mins, turn down the heat and add the sugar, and stir well. Keep stirring for 5-10 mins so that the onions and garlic don’t stick to the pan.  Add water a little at a time and the beef bone and chillies. Keep stirring, until the liquid boils.
Cover and simmer on a low heat for an hour, stirring occasionally.
Serve with crusty French bread or roti or naan.
You can add beef too, along with the bone but it isn’t necessary for this hearty soup.
This has Taste and is a Treat.

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