Vegan lentil “meatballs” recipe is a very popular Turkish recipe and one of the perfect dishes for vegans and vegetarians. Especially, when you’re organizing a party and know you’ll have vegetarian or vegan guests, these lentil balls are a terrific vegan choice. This famous finger food is soft, spicy and made with red lentils and bulgur.
You can find red lentils at any supermarket. They are a good source of protein and are easy to cook.
Bulgur comes in two different textures: coarse and fine. We use coarse bulgur in recipes like bulgur salad .We will, however, use fine bulgur in this dish.
Ingredients (25-30 “meatballs”)
150 gr FINE bulgur wheat
150 gr red lentils
2 cups (400 ml water)
1 medium onion, FINELY chopped
150 gr finely chopped parsley
5-6 finely chopped spring onions
1 tablespoon tomate paste
1/2 tablespoon paprika paste (if you dont have paprika paste, you can use 1,5 tablespoon tomato paste)
1 teaspoon salt (8 gr)
1 teaspoon hot chili flakes
1/2 teaspoon hot black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
Juice of a lemon
50 ml olive oil
- Wash the lentils.
- Use the right ratio of water. Add 2 parts water and 1 part lentils to a large pot and bring to a boil.
When the water boils, reduce the heat immediately.
- Cook the lentils for 10-15 minutes over low heat.
- When the lentils are cooked, place them in a large salad bowl, add thin bulgur wheat and give it a good mix. Let it cool. It should look like in the following picture.
- Heat olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
- Add chopped onions and sauté 4-5 minutes over medium heat. The onions must be very soft.
- Add tomato paste and paprika paste and sauté for another 4-5 minutes.
- Add all ingredients in the salad bowl and mix.
- Take a piece of the mixture, the size of an apricot and shape it into a cylinder and place it on a plate with some lettuce leaves.
Your delicious vegan lentil “meatballs” are ready.
- Add lemon juice before you serve it.
- There is a traditional way of eating vegan ventil “meatballs”. Place one in a lettuce leaf, squeeze lemon on it and throw into your mouth.
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