These crispy lentil fritters are served with a side of refreshing mint yogurt sauce. They’re the perfect side dish or party appetizer.
Slideshow: Vegetarian Appetizers
1 cup red lentils
1 1/2 cups water
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
2 large eggs, beaten
1 cup all purpose flour, for coating
Vegetable oil, for frying
1 cup plain yogurt
1 small cucumber, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
Pinch of kosher or sea salt
How to Make It
Step 1 Make the sauce
Combine the yogurt, cucumber, mint, and salt in a bowl. Chill until ready to serve.
Step 2 Make the fritters
Thoroughly rinse the red lentils in a fine-holed colander. Combine the lentils and water in a saucepan. Bring the water to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan with a lid, and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow the lentils to absorb the water for another 5 minutes.
Step 3 Make the fritters
In a bowl, mix together the cooked lentils, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper. Set aside.
Step 4 Make the fritters
Put both the egg and flour each in individual bowls large enough dip the fritters in. Form the lentil mixture into 2-inch flat patties (about 2 tablespoons per patty). Dip the patties in the egg, coating both sides, and then coat the patties with the flour.
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