The year was 2037. The blight had been ravaging the planet for over five years and there was no end of it abating. The situation was growing more dire and more desperate by the day.
Humanity was down to its last stores of food.
The cupboards had been devastated. Pantries had been plundered and complete larders had been wiped out. Toilet paper wasn’t as tasty or nutritional as the early adopters had claimed.
All that was left were lentils (both tinned and dried), a few jealously-guarded sacks of flour and several precious nets of onions that had been lovingly and carefully protected from the ever-present sun.
A few solitary chickens (living in happy, free-range conditions) were supplying a meagre yet constant source of eggs. In the areas that had no access to egg, the ‘flax egg’ had been perfected, and vegans the world over rejoiced in delight.
But times were still dark. Much like the years before, the human race was desperate for high-protein meals and the insects had run out long ago. Remembering the story of the golden goose, the chickens were left in peace.
But the hunt for protein had become all-consuming, and the chickens were soon once again in danger. Things were looking bleak.
Then on one seemingly normal day, lentil patties were discovered.
Dinner was saved.
Lentil Patties save the day
Humans, young and old alike, suddenly had access to filling, protein-packed patties that just happened to be satisfying and delicious, too.
Some slathered them in sauce, some threw them in buns. Yet more ate them with a crispy salad and a simple dressing.
They were quick and easy to make, and incredibly cheap. News spread and humans the world over cooked up batch after batch. Breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner – it made no difference – lentil patties were there to stay.
2037 became known as the Year of the Lentil. Protein needs were met, bellies were filled and chickens were left alone. The celebrations were wild and Whatsapp parties were out of control.
The blight was extinguished and everyone was happy.
Even today people still make these lentil patties with the original recipe to honour their ancestors.
For you, and with help from our archives we have faithfully recreated the original recipe below – just the same as was used in the Year of the Lentil.
A note on cooking methods
In this recipe we love to use tinned or canned lentils. They’re so quick and easy to use they just make sense to us.
With that being said, a bag of dried lentils can last for ages and are obviously great in situations where you may need your food to last as long as possible.
There is no major difference to the recipe whether you use red, green or brown lentils (or any others) – we’d say go with whichever you prefer.
Eggs and ‘flax eggs’
If you don’t have eggs (or don’t want to use any), you can create a vegan egg from flaxseed, and it helps the patty stick together (not to mention being high in omega 3s).
Simply mix 1 tbsp ground flaxseed with 3 tbsp boiling or very hot water, and let it sit for a couple of minutes. It will turn all sticky, and add it into the recipe instead of the regular egg.
A few helpful links
We know many of you are looking for cupboard-friendly, high-protein meals at the moment (or maybe always!).
Here are some of our most popular recipes and compilations.
- ½ cup low fat greek yoghurt* (½ cup = 120g)(you could also use sour cream)
- 2 handful baby leaf salad
- In a bowl add flour, coriander seeds, paprika, salt, eggs (or flax eggs) and some water if needed. Start 4 tbsp water, then add a couple more if the batter is still super-sticky. Mix to a batter.
- Finely dice the red onion and rinse and drain the lentils. Mix in both to the batter.
- Add the olive oil to a pan, wipe it around and and set to medium-high heat.
- Now, ideally with a big spoon, take a burger-sized amount of the batter and place it into the pan. If needed adjust slightly with the spoon to make the patties look nice.
- Fry flat in the pan 4 minutes each side or until golden brown.
- If wanted, serve with a salad/potatoes/rice and your Greek yoghurt or sour cream or vegan mayonnaise. Enjoy 🙂