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Lentil Patties (Vegetarian, High-Protein) and how humanity was saved

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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.

recipe ingredients #whole grain flour #coriander seeds #eggs | hurrythefoodup.com

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.

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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.

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Dave was just one of many delighted humans

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.

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Lentil Patties
4.96 from 23 votes
These awesome high-protein vegetarian lentil patties can be used as lentil burgers or fritters, and even made vegan, too!
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Total Time:25 minutes
Servings:2 servings (makes 6 patties)
Calories:405kcal
Author: Jansen & HurryTheFoodUp
YouTube video

Ingredients

Optional

  • ½ cup low fat Greek Yogurt (½ cup = 120g)
  • 2 handful baby leaf salad

Instructions

  • 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.
    ⅓ cup wholegrain flour, 1 tsp coriander seeds, ground, 1 tsp paprika powder, Salt to taste, 2 eggs, 4-6 tbsp water
  • Finely dice the red onion and rinse and drain the lentils. Mix in both to the batter.
    ½ medium red onion, 1.5 cups lentils, cooked
  • Add the olive oil to a pan, wipe it around and and set to medium-high heat.
    2 tsp olive oil
  • 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.
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  • If wanted, serve with a salad/potatoes/rice and your Greek yoghurt or sour cream or vegan mayonnaise. Enjoy 🙂
    ½ cup low fat Greek Yogurt, 2 handful baby leaf salad
    Lentil Patties – How Humanity was Saved – lentil patties are served #red onion #lentils | hurrythefoodup.com

NOTES

Tips: The Lentil Patties can be used as burgers to make things more exciting for kids!
Make-ahead? Yes, prep the night before!
Freezable? Yes, absolutely.
Please note the nutrtional data includes the optional salad and Greek yoghurt.
*we used low fat Greek yoghurt to save on calories, but you could certainly use regular Greek yoghurt or creme fraiche instead.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Lentil Patties
Amount per Serving
Calories
405
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
11
g
17
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Trans Fat
 
0.01
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Cholesterol
 
167
mg
56
%
Sodium
 
103
mg
4
%
Potassium
 
826
mg
24
%
Carbohydrates
 
52
g
17
%
Fiber
 
15
g
63
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Protein
 
28
g
56
%
Vitamin A
 
1232
IU
25
%
Vitamin C
 
14
mg
17
%
Calcium
 
148
mg
15
%
Iron
 
7
mg
39
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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19 comments
  1. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. It is a great stand alone recipe, but can also be versatile with other favorite grated veggies and spices. Thank you!

    1. Really glad you enjoyed it, Mar! Yes absolutely, doesn’t have to be eaten as a patty, but as another part of a main. Thank you for writing 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Just made these. They turned out really good. I added some chopped spinach, chopped coriander and used greek yoghurt instead of water. Also a teaspoon of baking powder.

    1. Uuh!! Need to try it with greek yogurt! I like that idea!