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Lentil balls

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Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of flax seeds, mixed with 2 1/2 tablespoons of water
  • 1 1/2 cups of green lentils, cooked
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning (basil + dried oregano)
  • 1/4 cup of fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste (about 1/4 teaspoon of each)

 

Instructions:

  1. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat. At the same time heat the oven to 190 degrees and lay a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. As soon as the pan heats up, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, shallots and garlic there. Fry for 2-3 minutes, or until golden, then remove from heat and turn off the flame.
  3. Add the flax seeds and water into a blender or food processor, whisk and leave for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the cooked lentils, 1 teaspoon of oil, roasted garlic and onion, Italian seasoning, parsley, tomato paste, salt and pepper. Grind to near homogeneity, leaving a light texture.
  5. Try and season to taste. The consistancy should be similar to the dough. If it is too wet, add oatmeal or breadcrumbs.
  6. Form balls of the mass. You should get about 12-13 pieces. Put them on the baking sheet.
  7. Gently heat the pan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil and half the balls. Fry for 4-5 minutes until golden brown, turning the balls.
  8. Return to the baking sheet and repeat the process with the remaining half. Then bake in te oven for 10-15 minutes and serve.

 

Total cooking time: 30 minutes

Servings: 12-13

 

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