A food processor can help with preparing these, but don’t worry if you haven’t got one, there are instructions for both methods.
They can be baked or fried, both ways of cooking produce some awesome patties so it’s just a matter of personal preference.
- 3 cups cooked lentils – 2 small tins or one large one
- 2 carrots, grated
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 2 garlic cloves, diced
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup bread crumbs or ground rolled oats (ground in a food processor)
- 2 Tbsp tomato paste
- Spices, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp basil, 1 tsp ground coriander
- Flour for forming into patties
- Oil for frying – if not baking
- If baking your patties, get your oven on a heating up to 180°C
- Prep your veggies; Once peeled, put everything through your food processor with the grating attachment if you have one.
- If using a food processor, remove the grating attachment and replace with the blades then simply add all the other ingredients in and blend away! If not using a processor, in a mixing bowl add your lentils first, give them a good squishing with a potato masher or a fork. Once mashed up, add all your other ingredients in and mix to combine thoroughly.
- Your mixture will be quite sticky, this is where the flour comes in. Powder your hands with a sprinkling of flour, take a large scoop of mixture using a tablespoon, and with your hands, shape the mixture into a ball and then flatten into a patty. Powder and repeat!
- If baking: place your patties on a lined baking tray and bake for 30mins
- If frying: cover the bottom of your fry plan with 1cm of oil and heat. Once hot, carefully transfer your patties and fry on either side for 3-4 mins, until golden.
We want the mixture to be sticky. This makes for juicy, delicious patties. I have tried upping the amount of bread crumbs and adding flour to the mixture to make them less sticky but I regretted it.
If you don’t have fresh onion or garlic, feel free to use powered, add 1 tsp of each to your spice mix.