Crispy Lentil Cakes

Crispy Lentil Cakes

Made With Our Classic Lentil Tarka Daal -
2 SERVES
SERVES 6-8
prep
8 MINS PREP
20 MINS COOK
25 MINS COOK
These delicious pan-fried lentil cakes (kebabs) are great with drinks, or make them larger for a healthy light meal with a salad or even in a burger.
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Tailored to Taste
Indians love making little pan-fried kebabs or cakes to serve with drinks when they have friends over. A different lifestyle means these now serve as a light meal instead but they remain very versatile. I have added some extra bits for flavour and crunch, you can add others if you like. These are great as they are and delicious with a side salad but in true Indian style, they would be served with a herby coriander chutni or a sweet and tangy tamarind one.
Ingredients
  • 1 pack of The Spice Tailor Classic Lentil Tarka Daal (lentils included)
  • ½ red pepper
  • 10g fresh coriander, leaves and stalks
  • 1 Indian green finger chilli or to taste
  • 1 small spring onion
  • 2 large slices of bread, crumbed
  • 200g floury potato, cooked whole and peeled (microwave is best and quick)
  • Vegetable oil to cook
Method
  1. Finely chop the pepper, coriander, chilli and spring onions (mostly green part)
  2. Heat 1 tsp. oil in a medium sized saucepan, add the spices from the whole spice sachet; cook for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the contents of the Tarka sauce and lentils from the 2 pouches. Simmer for 6-7 minutes or until the lentils have really thickened. Cool completely (this can be done the night before).
  4. When the potato is done, peel and mash with a fork, mix with the chopped bits, crumbs and thickened lentils (if they don’t keep their form, add more crumbs). Add a little salt (around ¼-1/3tsp or to taste). Set aside for 10 minutes and form into little or large balls (depending on how big you want them). They should easily keep their shape.
  5. Heat a good splash of oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Gently flatten the balls into discs and add to the pan; adding as many as you can. Cook over a medium flame until golden on both sides. Drain on kitchen roll as you make the next batch. You might need to wipe the pan between batches.
  6. Serve hot as they are, with a side salad, with coriander chutni and a herbed yoghurt dip.
Tailored to Taste
Indians love making little pan-fried kebabs or cakes to serve with drinks when they have friends over. A different lifestyle means these now serve as a light meal instead but they remain very versatile. I have added some extra bits for flavour and crunch, you can add others if you like. These are great as they are and delicious with a side salad but in true Indian style, they would be served with a herby coriander chutni or a sweet and tangy tamarind one.
  • 1 pack of The Spice Tailor Classic Lentil Tarka Daal (lentils included)
  • ½ red pepper
  • 10g fresh coriander, leaves and stalks
  • 1 Indian green finger chilli or to taste
  • 1 small spring onion
  • 2 large slices of bread, crumbed
  • 200g floury potato, cooked whole and peeled (microwave is best and quick)
  • Vegetable oil to cook
  1. Finely chop the pepper, coriander, chilli and spring onions (mostly green part)
  2. Heat 1 tsp. oil in a medium sized saucepan, add the spices from the whole spice sachet; cook for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the contents of the Tarka sauce and lentils from the 2 pouches. Simmer for 6-7 minutes or until the lentils have really thickened. Cool completely (this can be done the night before).
  4. When the potato is done, peel and mash with a fork, mix with the chopped bits, crumbs and thickened lentils (if they don’t keep their form, add more crumbs). Add a little salt (around ¼-1/3tsp or to taste). Set aside for 10 minutes and form into little or large balls (depending on how big you want them). They should easily keep their shape.
  5. Heat a good splash of oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Gently flatten the balls into discs and add to the pan; adding as many as you can. Cook over a medium flame until golden on both sides. Drain on kitchen roll as you make the next batch. You might need to wipe the pan between batches.
  6. Serve hot as they are, with a side salad, with coriander chutni and a herbed yoghurt dip.
MADE WITH OUR DELICIOUS
Classic Lentil Tarka Daal

‘Tarka daal’ is a staple across most Indian homes and is the most popular lentil curry in North India. The word ‘tarka’ refers to the cooking of spices and flavours, which are added to the cooked lentils. Our Classic Lentil Tarka Daal has a buttery smoothness that is elevated with the addition of caramelised onions, rich tangy tomatoes, zingy ginger, garlic and carefully selected Indian spices.

This daal is perfect for a fuss-free, 5-minute meal with rice or naans, but is also really versatile and makes the base for a range of delicious healthy dishes for the more adventurous cook. Taking inspiration from our recipe pages, you can transform it into comforting soups, crispy lentil cakes kedgeree and much more. It’s a fantastic meal to keep on hand in your cupboard for busy days. Perfect for vegetarians or meat-free days.

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