Protein-Rich Lentil Patties: A Delicious Vegan Alternative to Meat


Looking for a protein-rich and satisfying dish that’s also vegan-friendly? These lentil patties are the perfect solution! Packed with flavor and nutrients, they make for a delicious and easy-to-make meal or snack.


  • 1½ cups of dried red lentils
  • 1 large shallot, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 small carrot, grated
  • ¼ cup of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp of tomato puree
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • ½ tsp of black pepper
  • Olive oil


Step 1: Prepare the Lentil Mixture

  1. Place the dried red lentils in a large bowl and cover them with water. Allow them to soak for about 2 hours.
  2. After soaking, strain the lentils well using a fine mesh strainer and transfer them to a food processor or blender.
  3. Add the chopped shallots, minced garlic, grated carrots, and freshly chopped parsley to the lentils in the food processor.
  4. Include the tomato puree, salt, and black pepper.
  5. Blend all the ingredients together until smooth and fully combined.

Step 2: Shape and Fry the Patties

  1. Heat olive oil in a nonstick pan over medium to medium-high heat.
  2. Scoop some of the lentil mixture and shape it into a patty using your hands.
  3. Gently place the patty in the hot oil.
  4. Repeat the process, making sure not to overcrowd the pan.
  5. Fry the patties until both sides are golden brown, crispy, and cooked through.

Step 3: Serve and Enjoy!

  1. Transfer the cooked lentil patties to a tray lined with parchment paper or paper towels to drain off any excess oil.
  2. Serve the patties on a serving plate or dish with your favorite dipping sauce on the side.
  3. Enjoy the delicious and protein-rich lentil patties as a main dish, snack, or appetizer!


These lentil patties are not only delicious but also nutritious and easy to make. Packed with protein from the red lentils and bursting with flavor from the aromatic vegetables and spices, they are sure to become a favorite in your vegan recipe repertoire. Whether served as a main dish, snack, or appetizer, these lentil patties are bound to impress!


  1. Can I use other types of lentils for this recipe?
    • While red lentils work best for their quick cooking time and soft texture, you can experiment with other types of lentils if desired.
  2. Can I make these lentil patties ahead of time?
    • Yes, you can prepare the lentil mixture ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before shaping and frying the patties.
  3. What can I serve with these lentil patties?
    • These lentil patties pair well with a variety of side dishes such as salads, roasted vegetables, or grains like quinoa or rice.
  4. Can I bake these lentil patties instead of frying them?
    • Yes, you can bake the lentil patties in the oven at 375°F (190°C) for about 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through, until golden brown and crispy.
  5. Are these lentil patties gluten-free?
    • Yes, this recipe is naturally gluten-free as it does not contain any wheat flour or gluten-containing ingredients.
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