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Lentil Meatballs Recipe

Lentil Meatballs Recipe

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Looking for a dish to cook for your vegan friends? Well these healthy lentil köfte are light yet filling and taste great when drizzled with fresh lemon juice and served on a bed of lettuce.

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  • Prep Time - 30 mins
  • Cook Time - 25 min
  • Total Time - 55 mins
  • Servings: 4 people


  • 1 glass red lentils
  • 1 glass fine bulgur wheat 
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped 
  • 1 bunch spring onions (around 5 or 6), chopped 
  • ½ bunch parsley, finely chopped 
  • ½ bunch dill, finely chopped 
  • 1 dessert spoonful of tomato puree or red pepper paste 
  • 1 dessert spoonful olive oil 
  • 1 tsp cumin 
  • 1 tsp dried mint 
  • Salt and pepper to season 
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes 
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika 


  • In a large saucepan, gently heat your olive oil. Now add your medium-sized chopped onion and your glass of lentils.
  • Stir for a couple of minutes before adding 4 glasses of water. Turn the heat to high and bring to the boil.
  • Add your tomato paste and stir until dissolved.  Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the water is reduced by half and the lentils are almost soft.
  • Whilst your lentils are simmering, add your cumin, paprika and chilli.
  • When your water has reduced add your glass of fine bulgur wheat, stir to mix everything and remove the pan from the heat. 
  • Seal with a lid and leave to stand for 15 minutes. 
  • Now remove the lid and give your mixture a stir. 
  • Add your spring onion, mint, parsley and dill and mix in. 
  • Do a taste test and add more seasoning or spice if required. 
  • Pull the leaves whole from your lettuce. 
  • Wash and arrange on a large serving platter. 
  • Now take small handfuls of your lentil köfte mix and form into rough torpedo shapes. 
  • Place each one on your plate and arrange the lemon around them. 

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