Inspired by an Ayurvedic dal recipe in the Esalen Cookbook, this is a light-bodied, curry-spiced coconut broth thickened with cooked red lentils and structured with yellow split peas. The back notes of ginger, slivered green onions sauteed in butter, and curry-plumped raisins make this a new favorite of mine.
French Onion Soup is really pretty basic, so why is it so often bad? Beef broth and caramelized onions ... what's not to like? For special deals and more great content, sign up for the free How To Cook Like Your Grandmother Newsletter.
A generous portion of this hearty beef-barley soup is satisfying as a one-dish meal. If chuck roast is on sale, purchase a large one and freeze the rest for later. If not, ask your butcher to cut off only the amount you need.