Vegan Lentil Cakes made with walnuts and mushrooms topped with flavorful Zhoug Yogurt.
This simple tasty recipe for Vegan Lentil Cakes is easy to make and full of great flavor. Serve them up as a hearty vegan main alongside your favorite grain and Everyday Kale Slaw for a healthy nutritious meal. For an extra burst of flavor top with sautéed mushrooms, Green Tahini Sauce or my new favorite Zhoug Yogurt.
And a little time-saving tip – pre-cooked lentils can be found at Trader Joes and other upscale markets, cutting the overall cooking time in half.
The Vegan Lentil Cakes also make great veggie burgers!
Top them with sautéed mushrooms… or try Zhoug Yogurt.
Zhoug, an Israeli condiment made with spicy green chilies can be found at many upscale markets as well as Trader Joes. Here it’s mixed with vegan yogurt, mellowing it out a bit.
The Everyday Kale Slaw with a simple lemon dressing is a easy tasty side for these lentil cakes and can made ahead, and then used daily with other meals throughout the busy week.
Vegan Lentil Cakes with Zhoug Yogurt
- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 45
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 10 cakes
- Category: Vegan Main
- Method: Stove-Top
- Cuisine: Middle Eastern
- 2 cups cooked lentils
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ red onion, diced ( or sub 1 large shallot)
- 4-6 garlic cloves, rough chopped
- 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
- ½ cup rolled oats- gluten free if you prefer
- ½ cup walnuts ( or sub pecans or cashews)
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon ground flax ( or sub an egg)
- 3 tablespoons water ( leave this out if using the egg)
- 1 tablespoon Braggs Liquid Amino’s (or 2 teaspoons soy sauce)
- ¼ cup chopped parsley or cilantro
- ½ -1 cup plain yogurt ( feel free to use vegan yogurt)
- 1-2 tablespoons zhoug – a spicy Israeli condiment available at Trader joes and upscale markets
- salt and lemon to taste
Cook ⅔ -¾ cup dry lentils in simmering water until tender. Drain. You will need 2 cups cooked.
In the mean time, sauté the onion, garlic and mushrooms in olive oil over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add a little water if it gets too dry. Turn heat down to low and cook until very tender and cooked through. Set aside.
In a food processor, blend the oats into a course flour. Add walnuts, pulse 10 times. Add half of the lentils, half of the mushroom mixture, salt, spices, flax, water, (or egg) and pulse repeatedly until it’s well combined and forms a thick dough. It doesn’t need to be smooth…a little texture is good. Scrap into a medium bowl and stir in the remaining whole lentils and fresh herbs.
Using wet hands form into 8-10 little cakes or 4-5 burger patties.
Sear in a skillet, in a little oil, over medium heat, taking care to let them brown and form a crust, before flipping. (FYI This will ensure they don’t stick to the skillet. As they form a crust, they release from the pan almost naturally.)
Serve with the remaining mushrooms and optional Zhoug Yogurt ( vegan adaptable).
To make zhoug yogurt simply stir a 1-2 tablespoons zhoug into to the yogurt to taste. Add salt and lemon if you like.