Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Lentil Croquets

Special thanks to our Go Eggless reader Kartik for this submission:

For 2 people:

1 cup lentils
1 cup wheat flour
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 tablespoon coriander
1 tablespoon cumin powder
1/2 teaspoon salt (or to your taste)
1/4 cup bell pepper, finely chopped
1 teaspoon red chili powder (or to your taste)
1/2 teaspoon ginger (fresh or powder)

1. Rinse the lentils and bring to a boil in a pot with water.
2. As the lentils are boiling, in a separate bowl combine wheat flour, turmeric, coriander, cumin powder, salt, finely chopped bell pepper, red chili powder, and ginger. Also take out a dish and set it aside.
3. Once the lentils are done, drain water and let cool for about 10 minutes.
4. Take about a handful of lentils, being careful that the lentils are not too hot. Combine it with the dry ingredients in the bowl and shape it like a tapered cylinder or any other shape that suits you. Then set it aside on the dish that you took out. Repeat the process until all the lentils are covered with the dry ingredients. The dry ingredients will help you shape the lentils the way you want it.
5. Take out a skillet and add olive oil or any other oil you desire and heat the skillet.
6. Once the oil is hot, put in a few lentil shapes in the hot oil and leave it there for a minute until it turns golden brown. (Note: You are not frying the lentils. It is small amount of oil so it can turn golden brown.) Flip it and do the same for the other side. Once it's all done, I usually have ketchup on the side, but that's just me.


Anonymous said...


I would like to try this receipe, but I don't know which lentil should I use. Would you please tell me which lentil you use for this receipe.

Usha Mehta

Anonymous said...

Of course,

They are the French Green lentils. I usually get them from Whole Foods and they're organic. You can also substitue with other types of lentils, such as red, and the ordinary green. Hope this helps. Have a nice day.