French Onion Soup with Lentil Crisp

Shankar Krishnamurthy


3 min read



Approx. Cost

INR 120



Cooking Time

25 Mins

Ingredients list

French onion soup:
  • Vegetable oil:2tbsp
  • Medium Onion (sliced): 1
  • Garlic (minced): ½ tsp
  • Bouquet garni(2 -bayleaves, 4peppercorns,3 cloves)
  • Vegetable broth: 200 ml
  • Salt and pepper according to taste
  • Cheddar cheese:5 g
Lentil Crisp
  • Bengal gram soaked: 3 tbsp
  • Rice flour: 1 tsp
  • Onion and green chilly (Finely chopped): 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil: 2 tsp


Step 1 :

Coarsely grind Bengal gram and add rice flour, onion, green chilli and season with salt.

Step 2 :

Shape the mixture into a baton (pattie). Heat a skillet and cook the patties on either sides until golden brown.

Step 3 :

For the soup, heat a pot and add oil. Add garlic and sliced onions and sauté untilthey turn golden brown.

Step 4:

Now add the vegetable stockand the bouquet garni. Allow it to boil on a slow flamefor 20 minutes.Season it with salt as per UR taste.Serve in soup bowls and before serving remove the bay leaves.

Garnish with lentil crisp and sprinkle cheddar cheese.
Enjoy this low calorie vegetarian version of French onion soup which has immense health benefits.

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This low calorie soup along with the lentil crisps should be UR winter favourite since they are low in calories and have amazing health benefits.  Onions and garlic belong to the Allium family and have long been associated with numerous medicinal benefits. They are a very good source of vitamin C and B6, iron, folate, and potassium. Vitamin C is an antioxidant vitamin is known to provide cold and flu relief with its anti-inflammatory properties.Onions also contain phytochemicals specifically, the antioxidant Quercetin, that helps in disease prevention. Did you know that onions in soup doesn’t reduce their Quercetin value as it simply transfers to the broth.The outer layers of onions have contain more flavonoids in onions. This recipe with Onions and garlic along with the boquetgarnimix( bay leaves, pepper corns and cloves) helps in improving UR immunity and helps in curing the flu and cold symptoms.

Improves Heart Health

The flavonoids in onions help in preventing cardio vascular heart diseases. The quercetin in onions also has the potential to fight heart disease.  They lower LDL s in cholesterol and also maintains healthy blood pressure. It offers both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that promote heart health.

Digestive health

It helps in improving UR digestive health.The digestive benefits of onions can be attributed to inulin, a fibre present in the vegetable. Inulin acts as a food source for the beneficial bacteria in the intestines. Consuming this fibre helps your body maintain good levels of the healthy bacteria.

Maintain Bone Health

It helps in preventing osteoporosis and helps in maintaining bone health.

Fighting cancer

The anti oxidants in onion and garlic helps in fighting against the free radical damage.

Builds Immunity

This soup along with its spices helps in taking care of UR health and helps fight seasonal allergies and other diseases.

Fights against aging

This soup contains vitamins A,C and other minerals that help in maintaining  healthy skin and hair and fights signs of aging.

Vegan protein: The Lentils used in this recipe are a great source of vegan protein and contain fibre that helps in improving UR digestive health.

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