George Harrison paging through Illuminations from the Bhagavad-Gita in the kitchen at Friar Park, 1982. Photo: Chris Murray (previously posted here).
The book Mary Frampton and Friends: Rock ‘n’ Roll Recipes (published in 1980) includes one by George… Dark Horse Lentil Soup. Here’s the recipe:
1 red chili
1 teaspon cumin seeds
2 large onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves
1 cup lentils (you can use one or more types)
2 large tomatoes, chopped
2 green peppers, chopped
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat a small amount of oil in a frying pan. When oil is good and hot, add the red chili and cumin seeds. When the seeds stop sputtering, brown the onions and garlic in the seasoned oil. In a separate deep pan, wash the lentils in plenty of water. When clean, liberally cover with water. When the onions are browned, add them to the pan of lentils. Now add tomatoes, peppers, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Potatoes and carrots and small boiling onions may be added for a more substantial meal. Bring to the boil, cover, and turn down to very low heat, The soup is ready to serve in an hour and tastes better the next day.