Lentil Fritters

Lentil Frittes

I recently discovered that split red lentils can make the best fritters ever. Yup, lentils!

I am so impressed with this magical recipe that I use the plain batter as a fish coating now. The end result is so crunchy and delicious.

The other massive benefit is that lentils carry other flavours beautifully. This makes them the perfect canvas for any flavour profile you prefer.

Split Red Lentils

When you look at the recipe, you will notice the lentils are not cooked ahead of time. This is correct. Simply let the dried lentils sit in the water to absorb the water.

You will also see a lot of things missing, like flour and eggs. Yup, that is also correct.

The picture above shows fritters with chopped roasted red peppers and other additions. But, these fritters are just as good plain with a bit of salt, pepper and garlic.

Give this a try and experiment with using it in place of other batter options.

Red Lentil Fritters

ServingsPrep TimeCook TimeDownload
13 Fritters10 minutes 30 minutesPrint / Save Recipe

Notes

  • Add any vegetables you like. You do not even need to pre-cook them. Simply cut nice and small or thin.
  • Use about 2 Cups of add-ins if you like.
  • Use your favourite spices.
  • If you only add spices, the fritters will be thin and very crispy.
  • Place cooked fritters in a warm oven to keep them warm until ready to serve.

INGREDIENTS

Fritter Base

  • 1 Cup Dried Red Split Lentils
  • Enough water to cover the lentils

Optional Filling

  • 1/2 Cup Onion
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Dill
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • Pinch Pepper
  • Chopped peppers, corn, zucchini, mushrooms or any combination

Directions

  1. Rinse lentils well.
  2. Place lentils in a bowl and cover with cool water.
  3. Set aside for at least 1 hour. Most of the water will be absorbed by the lentils. Rinse and drain the lentils. There will be enough water absorbed by the lentils. No need to add more.
  4. Place the lentils, onions, spices, and garlic in a food processor or blender. Blend until almost smooth.
  5. Preheat oil for deep frying in a stand alone fryer or a stove top pan.
  6. Once the oil is up to 350°F (you can also place a small amount of batter in the oil to see if it is hot enough) drop spoonfuls of batter into the oil carefully. Flatten fritter with the back of a spoon or spatula. If the batter sticks to the spoon, wet the spoon to stop it from sticking.
  7. When browned on one side, flip and allow to cook on the other side.
  8. Once cooked, remove from heat and place on rack in a warmed oven.
  9. Serve plain or with your favourite dipping sauce (even sour cream is an awesome option).

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