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17 April 2006 @ 02:48 pm
LENTIL BALLS  
LENTIL BALLS

- from: "The Great Vegetarian Cookbook", Australian Women's Weekly Cookbook, pg. 176

ingredients:

1 cup (200g) red lentils
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium zucchini (240g), grated coarsely
1 small brown onion (80g), chopped finely
1 cup (70g) stale breadcrumbs
1/4 cup (35g) white seasame seeds, toasted
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh corriander
1/3 cup (35g) packaged breadcrumbs
vegetable oil for deep frying (note: i am going to try and shallow [pan] fry mine)

method:

  1. boil lentils in water, uncovered, 8 minutes. drain, press liquid out
  2. meanwhile, heat half olivve oil in large wok and stirfry zucchini, onion, and chilli
  3. combine lentils zuchini mixture, breadcrumbs, seeds and corriander in a bowl
  4. roll teaspoonfuls of mixture into balls, coat in breadcrumbs
  5. heat vege oil in large fry pan and deep fry balls, in batches until browned. drain on absorbent paper (as i said i am going to try and pan fry mine)
  6. serve with salad


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edit:

i just cooked this recipe... well i made a few variations, but yeh, it was meant to be this recipe hehe, and it was great... the last batch are in the pan now...

variations

  1. i didn't have a propper sieve so i couldn't squeeze out the lentils, so the mixture was too wet, so i added rolled oats... about one cup!!
  2. i didn't have fresh corriander so i added tumeric and cumin seeds, and they taste pretty good in them :)
  3. i didn't have enough seasame seeds so i added some toasted sunflower seeds aswell (to toast seeds, just fry them in a pan with no oil, preferably a wok or a cast iron pan, so you don't ruin your good stainless steel pans. stir continuously for abuot 2-4 minutes or until they just start to brown. careful not to burn them).
  4. and pan frying worked well, only i shaped them like patties rather than balls, for ease while frying (so i could just "flip them over")

    quite yummy. :)
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a_vivid_dreamera_vivid_dreamer on April 17th, 2006 11:13 am (UTC)
i also haven't got a grater, so i chopped the zucchini into tiny little matchsticks instead. it worked fine... "who needs a grater?!"