Red Lentil Cakes

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve written something, but the summer feeling has taken over, and family get-togethers and trips are filling up my days leaving me very little time to write much. I hope you’re all enjoying these hot, lazy summer days :-)

This is a recipe I adapted from a french magazine (Nous Deux) and although the original recipe was well-made, the spices had to be modified to suit my young grandchildren.  It’s a lovely, filling recipe and makes a great vegetarian dish.


  • 400 grams red lentil
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 150 grams flour
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 dash paprika
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • Boil the lentils in a large casserole filled with water, for about 10 minutes
  • In the meantime, In a casserole heat one tablespoon of oil and fry the carrots, the onion ad garlic for 5 minutes
  • When the lentils are cooked, drain them and add the cumin, paprika and coriander, then season with alt and pepper and puree them with a hand mixer
  • Add the flour to the mixture, form a medium sized balls with your wet hand
  • In a saucepan heat the remaining oil and fry the balls of lentils about five minutes until golden brown, then place on a kitchen towel to absorb the excess of oil
  • Serve them with plain yogurt, it is so refreshing in this hot weather



  1. Once again you amaze me with your delighful and magnificant recipes! I have shared your creations with so many people. Keep it up you are the best!

  2. This looks wonderful. What an interesting use of lentils. :)

  3. You are the best Nina :-) I agree!!
    These look so good!! I will try to make them!

  4. Absolutely deicious – and I love the new look of your blog! I haven’t visited for a long time, the days just fly past don’t they?

  5. I love eating almost any dish that uses lentils — I really want to try making this recipe =)

  6. These look so tasty. My mum used to make red lentil rissoles and I’ve never quite been able to remember the recipe – but looking at these it sounds vary similar. Happy days! Another must try recipe :)

  7. Oh my god, those are beautiful!

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