Thursday, 27 November 2014

RECIPE: Red Lentil Patties and Herby Tomato Beans

Once again I found myself with nothing in for dinner. I'm currently living in Bath on placement Monday to Friday, so when I get back to my flat in Bristol at the weekend, I don't have any fresh food in. And as it was rather cold and rainy all weekend, I didn't really fancy venturing out to the supermarket. So come Sunday night, it was time to get inventive and make something out the bits and pieces in my cupboard (plus a packet of 'fresh' coriander that was not going to last much longer).

I decided to make lentil patties alongside beans in a tomato and herb sauce- and the result is not bad for something made almost entirely from store cupboard ingredients! The beans were actually a lot better than ordinary baked beans and this made a suprisingly filling meal- plus it's vegetarian, gluten free and feels pretty healthy.

The lentil patties are quite crisp on the outside with a soft, mushy centre and you could definitely adapt the flavours to your own tastes. Next time I'd also consider adding an onion (assuming I had one...) just to give them that little bit more.

To serve two:

For the lentil patties
1 cup of red lentils (of a variety that don't require soaking)
Handful of fresh coriander leaves
1/2tsp black pepper
1/2tsp ground ginger
1/2tsp cumin
1 egg
2tbsp gluten free plain flour
1tbsp olive oil

For the beans
300g pinto beans
400g chopped tomatoes
1tsp mixed herbs

Add the lentils to a saucepan of water and bring to the boil. Boil for 10-15 minutes.

Drain and rinse the lentils, pour into a bowl, then add the spices and chopped coriander. 

Add the egg and flour and then mix together. I mixed by hand to ensure everything was thoroughly combined. If you are making these in advance, you can cover the bowl and place in the fridge until you are ready to cook them.

Drain the pinto beans and pour them into a saucepan, then add the chopped tomatoes and mixed herbs. Stir well and place over a low heat to cook through, but avoid boiling them.

Drizzle some olive oil into a large frying pan and when it is hot, dollop tablespoonfuls of the lentil mixture straight into the pan. Fry for about a minute either side and then take out.

Serve everything together!



  1. Yum! I do love anything with a whole heap of coriander in it, my absolute fave! I really want to make falafel soon which I feel is quite similar! xx

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

    1. I made falafel recently too- I can't remember where I found the recipe, but it was really easy and tasted great! xx

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  3. This looks delicious and seems fairly easy to make, I'll have to try it out soon!

    1. It's really straightforward :) If you try it out, let me know!

  4. These look awesome, I absolutely hate when I have no food in! Chickpeas make quite good burgers when they're boiled and mashed too :)

    India / Too Faced Giveaway

    1. I actually don't live very far from the shops, so this was slight laziness but it did get me being creative and not just eating cereal! And thanks for reminding me that I need to put chickpeas on my shopping list haha :)

  5. Oh this looks really good. I absolutely love beans regardless of the variety but I have a special place in my heart for baked beans so I'm very keen to give this a go!

    Heather x

    1. This just tastes so much more 'real' than ordinary baked beans and that's what I really liked about it. Obviously sometimes you can't beat a good Heinz beans on toast though! X

  6. These lentil patties looks spectacular. I love the color of these 2 items together. Mmmmm.
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  7. I've never had lentils before, but this post has made me really want to try them! It looks so yummy, healthy and filling too. I'm definitely going to making this one soon!

    Suitcase and Sandals Blog Xx


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