Lentil Balls Recipe: A Healthy & Complete Meal Idea!
Are you looking for a healthy and complete meal idea that is vegan, budget-friendly and easy to make? Look no further than this delicious lentil balls recipe! Lentils are a great source of plant-based protein, fiber, and other essential vitamins and minerals. This recipe is sure to become a family favorite!
For this lentil balls recipe, you will need the following ingredients:
– 1 cup of dry lentils
– 2 tablespoons of olive oil
– 1 onion, diced
– 2 cloves of garlic, minced
– 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
– 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
– 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
– 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
– 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
– 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
– 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
– 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley
– 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh cilantro
– 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
1. Begin by cooking the lentils according to the package instructions. Once cooked, drain and set aside.
2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
3. Add the cumin, smoked paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper and cook for another minute.
4. Add the cooked lentils to the skillet and stir to combine.
5. Remove the skillet from the heat and add the breadcrumbs, nutritional yeast, parsley, cilantro, and lemon juice. Stir to combine.
6. Using your hands, form the mixture into small balls.
7. Place the lentil balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
8. Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
These lentil balls are delicious served with a side of steamed vegetables, a salad, or your favorite grain. They also make a great addition to a vegan wrap or sandwich.
These lentil balls can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. They can also be frozen for up to 3 months.
Q: Can I use canned lentils for this recipe?
A: Yes, you can use canned lentils for this recipe. Just make sure to drain and rinse them before using.
Q: Can I make these lentil balls ahead of time?
A: Yes, you can make these lentil balls ahead of time. Just store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. They can also be frozen for up to 3 months.
I can’t wait to try this!
A day late watching this due to time management 😩( torturous for such a Refika fan) Your sincerity regarding your AI presentation was lovely and made me so relieved and happy🥰 Your presence is like tonic for the soul.
Thank-you for this video- yet another fantastic recipe- full of enthusiasm, team spirit and passion for your cuisine. Keep well and can’t wait for next Saturday‼️😁💃🏼
I’m so pleased to find you and your channel. A fairly recent veggie (4 years or so) I’m looking for amazing flavour and here I am. Thank you!
Can this be frozen ???, I think me and my wife would struggle to eat it all.
I wan tto taste that!!! How about now!
The "ea" in knead & kneading is pronounced "ee" as in you and "me" darling 😉
How about frying the kofte?
This dish looks amazing!!! 😋😋 I can wait to make it! I cook gluten-free. What would you recommend as a substitute for the bulgar? Thanks!! 🌻
Refica, can I use medium bulgar or fine cous cous and would the ratios be the same? It’s impossible to find fine bulgar where I live and I would rather spend my money in the Small Town that I live in. I’m so glad I found this recipe this morning as I have some left over Mutabbal your delicious recipe of course that I think will be delicious with this.
This is one of the forgotten recipes that you once in a while see when you are visiting a aunt or something . Great to see it and i am definitely trying it my self.
so nice 🌹🌹big like 👍
I will make this recipe. Thank you!
Come to Australia, your food would be HUGE hit ❤
Where can I buy that cookbook? 😮
Meat köftes and lentil köftes are things on its own and can't be compared. I made lentil köftes for Christmas but there was something missing in the flavor… I gotta try your recipe as well in order to get my final opinion about the dish 😅😂
You should have added fresh mint too.
Thank you Refika! It's so delicious and easy to prepare!
Oh this is lip-smacking good…love the vegan recipes. ❤
Any alternate for bulgar?
Thank you so much for this, can't wait to try! 😋
And thank you for not doing the AI, I love your voice (and your personality), I'd miss it terribly if it was the AI -generated one ❤
Love it , made it and it’s delicious. ❤
How to make it gluten-free ?
Thank you for letting us know that AI is no go, Great! This recipe is amazing. Well all your recipes are…💕
Definitely going to make this recipe
This looks sooooo good!
Yay, finally! Was waiting on your version of this dish for a while… thank you! And especially different ways to present at the end- will definitely make them
Thank you for shelving the AI idea. I don't know if AI is inherently evil, but the people pushing for its use certainly are! Cheers!
I found your channel while last month while fasting trying to figure out what to make for my iftars. I, like many others here, absolutely love you! I'm going to try this recipe but may substitute quinoa for bulgur because I don't have bulgur on hand.
Love this and want to try but my Wife is gluten-free. Do you have any bulgar replacements? I was thinking of adding really dry g-free bread crumbs once the lentils cool. Any thoughts?
I would come to your restaurant, but you must know that people work so so hard to run restaurants.
Thanks for the recipe. I used to eat something similar in a Lebanese restaurant, and I liked it with labneh and pita. I tried making up the recipe, and I used mashed potatoes in it and Harissa, but this sounds much better
I'm not vegan but this looks great! I want to grill them like small sausages. But i wonder if there's a gluten free alternative to using the bulgar?
You are a genius I love these vegan options
We make this without parsley and shape it like a cylinder instead of çiğ köfte style, tastes much better without parsley and easier to eat in a cylinder shape.
If it got to the point where using AI to do the audio made it that much easier for you, I'd still watch them. But you bring a deep, natural warmth into the videos that no AI could replicate. I watch some of your videos that I'll never find the ingredients for or have no real desire to try at home because of that warmth and friendliness.
So if AI helps you, I'll still tune in. But personally I watch your videos as much for you as the food, and I'd definitely miss that.
I dont have either ingredient, so I am going out on a limb & using dried split green peas, frozen green peas & Buckwheat groats to simulate what yo0u have made here.
I am adventurous in the kitchen & anything like this pleases me to no end cause most times meat isn't something I want to eat & this works beautifully & will serve it with a coriander chutney.
Thanks for the video