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Spiced Lentil Sliders with Cucumber-Cilantro Raita

  • ACTIVE: 40 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 20 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 20 sliders
  • HEALTHY
  • VEGETARIAN

These grilled Indian-spiced lentil patties are equally delicious cooked in a skillet on a stovetop.

  1. 1 1/2 cups (9 ounces) brown lentils, rinsed
  2. 1 teaspoon turmeric
  3. 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  4. 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  5. 2 teaspoons mustard seeds
  6. 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  7. 4 garlic cloves, minced
  8. 2 serrano chiles, seeded and minced
  9. 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  10. Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  11. 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  12. 2/3 cup plain, dry bread crumbs
  13. Pinch of cayenne
  14. 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  15. 1 cup plain Greek-style yogurt
  16. 1/2 cup finely diced peeled English cucumber
  17. 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  18. Vegetable oil, for brushing
  19. Boston lettuce leaves, for serving
  1. In a medium saucepan, cover the lentils with 1 inch of water. Add the turmeric and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderately low heat until the lentils are tender and most of the liquid has evaporated, about 25 minutes.
  2. In a small skillet, melt the butter. Add the cumin and mustard seeds and cook over moderately high heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the onion, garlic, chiles and ginger and season with salt and pepper. Cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion and garlic are browned, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, stirring to scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the skillet.
  3. Add the onion mixture to the lentils along with the bread crumbs and cayenne and season with salt and pepper. Stir in the eggs until blended. Form the lentil mixture into 1/4 cup patties, 2 inches wide and 1/3 inch thick. Let the patties stand for 10 minutes.
  4. In a bowl, stir the yogurt with the remaining 3 tablespoons of lemon juice. Stir in the cucumbers and cilantro and season the raita with salt and pepper.
  5. Light a grill. Brush the lentil patties on both sides with oil and grill over moderate heat until grill marks form and the patties are heated through, about 3 minutes per side. Serve the lentil patties wrapped in the lettuce leaves and pass the raita at the table.
Make Ahead The lentil sliders and raita can be refrigerated overnight. Bring the sliders to room temperature before grilling.
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