Postcards from the Veg: Lentil Frikkadels

It’s the 9th day of  Lent.

Lentil Frikadels

Meatless Meatballs

It’s been nine days without meat or chicken.

While my choice to give up meat for Lent is on some level a spiritual and ethical one, I was really just curious to see if I could do it.

Sometimes you need the constructs of a tradition or ritual to help motivate you to try something that otherwise seems too difficult. It’s the same with New Year’s Resolutions:  Our little hupstootjie to make the transition easier.

I launched into my vegetarian diet with something that at least looked like meat. I took food24’s lentil burger recipe and adapted it for frikkadels.

I’d like to introduce you to meatless meatballs. Take that, Fry’s!

Lentil Frikadels

The Close Up

Lentil Frikkadels
Makes about 12

1 cup of brown, dry lentils
3 cups of water
1 stock cube/tbs stock powder

1 onion, chopped
1 baby marrow, grated
1 small green pepper, grated
2 tbs tomato paste
1 tbs garlic and ginger paste
1 tsp paprika
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup of raw oats/breadcrumbs
Extra stock/wine/water

Oil for frying

Right. Rinse the lentils and cook them in the water and stock for about 15-20 mins until soft. Puree or mash them until you’re left with a thick paste. It can be really thick. Like, so-thick-it-broke-my-blender kind of thick.

Fry the onion in the oil until translucent. Mix the lentil paste with the onions and the rest of the ingredients and incorporate. Use extra liquid – like wine:) – to make the paste more malleable so that you can form it into small balls.

Roll the “mince” into “meat”balls.

Heat about 30ml of oil in a pan. Place the meatballs slowly into the oil and fry. You don’t need to worry about them being done or not – no raw meat to worry about! So fry them just until they are golden brown.

Serve with a cucumber raita and a green salad.

And so the journey to the veg of the earth continues…

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3 responses to “Postcards from the Veg: Lentil Frikkadels

  1. Ooooo, I love lentils, and these look just wonderful!!! YUM 🙂

    Good recipe. thanks.

  2. These look super flavourful and if I didn’t know it was lentils, I would’ve sworn they were real meatballs. Can’t wait to try ’em out!

  3. Postcards from the VEG???? HAHAHA!!! Excellent. And an excellent little recipe here too Sammy. Well done xx

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