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Indian-Spiced Red Lentil Bites

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Total time: 30 Minutes

Servings: 6

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    2 cups (500 mL) cooked split red lentils, room temperature

    1/2 cup (125 mL) almond meal (ground almonds)

    1/2 cup (125 mL) minced red onion

    2 Tbsp (30 mL) finely chopped fresh coriander leaves

    3 garlic cloves, minced

    1 tsp (5 mL) cardamom

    1 tsp (5 mL) cumin

    1 tsp (5 mL) salt

    1/2 tsp (2 mL) pepper

    1 egg


    1 cup (250 mL) fresh coriander (leaves and stems)

    1/4 cup (60 mL) almond meal (ground almonds)

    2 Tbsp (30 mL) lime juice

    2 Tbsp (30 mL) water

    1 garlic clove

    1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt

    to taste, pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (215°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. To prepare the bites, combine lentils, almond meal, onion, coriander, garlic, cardamom, cumin, salt, pepper, and egg in a large bowl. With the help of a small ice cream scoop, roll out 24 meatball-sized (1 1/ 2 Tbsp/20 mL) bites. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the bites are golden and firm.
  3. While the bites are baking, prepare the chutney. Combine all ingredients in a blender or with an immersion blender. Blend to a pesto consistency. Pour in a small serving bowl.
  4. Serve the lentil bites hot, skewered on cocktail picks or appetizer forks, alongside the coriander chutney.

Quick Tip: The texture of these bites is similar to falafels. Serve as a sandwich in pita bread, or as a garnish to salad.

Recipe by Marie Asselin - Marie Asselin is a food writer, stylist, and recipe developer living in Québec City. She is also the
author of culinary blog, FoodNouveau.com. Her first cookbook, featuring savoury and sweet citrus fruit recipes, will be published by Gibbs Smith in spring 2018. www.foodnouveau.com

Nutritional Information

  • Serving Size: 1 bite + 1 Tbsp (15 mL) chutney
  • Per serving:
  • Calories 45
  • Total Fat 2 g
  • Saturated Fat 0 g
  • Cholesterol 10 mg
  • Carbohydrates 5 g
  • Dietary Fibre 2 g
  • Sugar 1 g
  • Protein 3 g
  • Sodium 125 mg
  • Potassium 77 mg
  • Folate 32 mcg