Lentil Cakes with Lemon Yogurt dressing over cucumber and tomato salad

Lentil cakes over a salad of cucumber and tomato salad topped with a yogurt dressing and feta cheese

 

 

Lentil cakes over a salad of cucumber and tomato salad topped with a yogurt dressing and feta cheese served with a tortilla

 

 

Lentil cakes over a salad of cucumber and tomato salad topped with a yogurt dressing and feta cheese

 

These lentil cakes are crispy on the outside but soft and savory on the inside.  They are delicious wrapped up in a tortilla or fluffy naan bread for a little sandwich or paired with fresh cucumber, tomato, a drizzle of lemon and garlic yogurt sauce and a dab of chili sauce. This light vegetarian dish is fast becoming one of my favorite recipes to make for lunch and dinner.

If you find yourself bored with the usual vegetarian fare, then you might want to give this recipe a try.  If vegetarian cuisine is still not your thing, you can always serve it up these lentil cakes as a side dish paired with a nice roast chicken or a bit of lamb.

 

Lentil cakes over a salad of cucumber and tomato salad topped with a yogurt dressing and feta cheese

 

Onions and garlic sauteing in a pan
Saute diced onion and minced garlic in 1-2 tbsp of olive oil over medium heat until transparent.
Drained lentils in a metal colander
Drain and wash canned lentils.
Lentils frying with onions and garlic
Add them to saute pan with onions and garlic and cook for 3-5 minutes just until the lentils have picked up some of the flavors of the onions and garlic.
Lentil mixture frying in a pan with spice
Sprinkle with cumin and paprika and stir.  Continue cooking for 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
lentil mixture in a food processor
Remove from heat and puree mixture in a food processor with fresh cilantro
Lentil mixture pureed in a food processor
Puree until smooth.
Wet lentil cake mixture
Transfer mixture to a bowl, add flour and cornstarch and mix until thoroughly combined.
Raw lentil cakes frying in a pan
Shape into patties.
Lentil cakes frying in a pan
Fry in 1-2 tbsp of olive oil on medium heat until golden brown of each side.
Cooked lentil cakes on a plate
Remove from heat and drain excess grease on paper towels. Makes 8-14 patties (depending on size).
Chopped tomatoes and cucumbers
Wash and dry cucumbers tomatoes.  Cut off stems and discard. Dice cucumber and tomatoes in bite sized chunks (no bigger than 1 in / 2cm) Lightly drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Lentil cakes over a tomato and cucumber salad
Place lentil patties atop salad and drizzle with yogurt sauce.
Lentil cakes over a salad of cucumber and tomato salad topped with a yogurt dressing and feta cheese
Sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese, serve and enjoy.

 

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Lentil cakes over a tomato and cucumber salad with yogurt dressing and a tortilla

Lentil Cakes with Lemon Yogurt dressing over cucumber and tomato salad


  • Author: Spicepaw
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8-14 patties 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Spiced up lentil cakes that are crunchy on the outside but soft inside. Served atop a salad of diced cucumber and tomatoes with tangy dressing. #vegetarian #lentils #healthyrecipes #yogurt #salad


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Ingredients

Lentil Cakes
  • 1 can 14 oz (400 g) Puy lentils
  • 34 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 23 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • a handful of fresh cilantro
Sauce:
  • 4 tbsp plain unsweetened yogurt
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove of garlic (minced)
  • salt and pepper to taste
Salad:
    • 1 large cucumber
    • 2 red tomatoes
    • 12 oz (3060 g) of feta

Instructions

Lentil Patties:
  1. Saute diced onion and minced garlic in 1-2 tbsp of olive oil over medium heat until transparent.
  2. Drain and wash the canned lentils.
  3. Add them to saute pan with onions and garlic and cook for 3-5 minutes just until the lentils have picked up some of the flavor of the onions and garlic.
  4. Sprinkle with cumin and paprika and stir.  Continue cooking for 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Remove from heat and puree mixture in a food processor with fresh cilantro. Puree until smooth.
  6. Transfer mixture to a bowl, add flour and cornstarch and mix until thoroughly combined.
  7. Shape into patties.
  8. Fry in 1-2 tbsp of olive oil on medium heat until golden brown of each side.
  9. Remove from heat and drain excess grease on paper towels. Makes 8-14 patties (depending on size).
Yogurt Dressing:
  1. Combine lemon juice, yogurt and minced garlic together.  Season with salt and pepper to taste and let rest for 10-15 minutes before eating.
Salad:
  1. Wash and dry cucumber and tomatoes.  Cut off stems and discard.
  2. Dice cucumber and tomatoes in bite-sized chunks (no bigger than 1 in / 2cm)
  3. Lightly drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Place lentil patties atop salad and drizzle with yogurt sauce.
  5. Sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese, serve and enjoy.
  • Category: Vegetarian,
  • Method: frying, baking
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian

Keywords: Vegetarian, Lentils, Salad, yogurt, healthy

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