Ever since we went plant-based we started introducing more lentil into our diet. I didn't use to like lentil soup, for example, but now I'm absolutely crazy about it. So recently, I started making lentil patties which are full of goodies. They are lightweight, easy to digest and can be eaten as a main or as a side.
We made four lentil patties and baked some sweet potato chips. When I make patties I sometimes just add all sort of ingredients to them because it's so exciting to try new spices and new veg. Lentil patties are also really easy to shape which I love. I used to have such difficulties making patties when I just started out because I would make them too watery. Not anymore. Besides, I learned that if nothing else, I could add some chickpea flour to make the mixture bind.
So what did I add to our awesome vegan lentil patties? You won't believe it, but I decided to add dried plum and walnuts for added texture, crunch and a touch of sweet. The result? Amazing! I mean G loved them so much, he told me we need to make these every week from now onwards. I guess we found a new family favourite. The trick to these lentil patties is to put very little onion and a dash of cayenne pepper. It's amazing to see how incredible the dried sweet plum tastes like with cayenne on top. In fact, I discovered this trick when I started making sweet potatoes chips. I would add some chilli or cayenne to them and the taste will be incredible.
To start with these vegan lentil patties, you need to have a can of lentil, one spring onion, a handful of walnuts, a handful of dried plum, some chickpea flour (or wholegrain flour) and various spices to taste. I used cayenne, Italian herbs, salt, pepper and a bit of juniper. Last summer, I bought a pack of dried juniper berries and ground them. I've been adding half a teaspoon here and there and my food has been tasting so good. I never thought I would use juniper in my food, but there you have it. It's so important to experiment with spices and your dishes can transform.
I am really excited about sharing this recipe with you. If you decide to make it (and you should because it will taste amazing) don't forget to take a picture and tag us on Instagram #yuzubakes. I can't wait to see it.
This recipe has been developed entirely by Yuzu Bakes. Any resemblance with other recipes is purely coincidental.