2 cups dry red lentils
6 cups water
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/4 -1/2 small onion, finely sliced
1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
Cooked Basmati rice and yogurt for serving.
Place lentils, water salt, red pepper and turmeric in a pot and mix well. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium. Cook about 25 minutes until the lentils are mostly melted. taste the soup and add more salt if desired.
Place oil and sliced onions in a frying pan and cook over high heat until the onions become a beautiful golden brown color. Add cumin seeds and fry for one minute. Remove pan from heat.
Add fried onions and cumin seeds to the lentil soup. Mix well and serve over basmati rice with some chopped salad and yogurt.