1Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion, 1 pack of pancetta. Cook on a low to medium heat for 10 minutes until the onions are soft.
2Add the garam masala, garlic and chilli and cook for a further 1 – 2 minutes until the aromas are released.
3Pour in 1.25 litres of boiling water, crumble in the stock cubes and add the lentils. Bring to a simmer and cook for 20 mins, stirring occasionally to ensure the lentils aren’t sticking.
4Use the hand blender to make the soup smoother
5Meanwhile, fry the remaining lardons in a small frying pan for about 10 minutes until crispy. You don’t need to add any oil as plenty will run from the pancetta.
6Serve the soup with a sprinkle of crispy lardons on top.