Lentil Croquettes

Lentil Croquettes created by Dimpi


Ready In:
1hr 30mins



  • Place the first 10 ingredients in a large pan and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer slowly, about 30 minutes until all the liquid has been absorbed (stir occasionally).
  • Note that the above steps can also be done in a pressure cooker if you have one - it's much faster.
  • Remove the mixture from heat and cool slightly.
  • Now beat in the egg and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Let the mixture cool completely (I find that the mixture holds its shape better if it has been refrigerated for a couple of hours).
  • Combine the flour, turmeric and chili powder in a small plate.
  • Once lentils are cool, shape the mixture into circles.
  • Roll the croquettes in the above spiced flour mixture to coat well.
  • Heat oil in a skillet and cook the croquettes in batches, turning once until crisp and brown on both sides.
  • Serve immediately with chutney or a crisp salad.
  • Note - it's important for the liquid to be fully absorbed in the lentil mixture so that it can bind well with the help of the egg.
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  1. 3vegkids
    these were quite good! i had to make a couple of minor adjustments, though. the lentils needed quite a bit more liquid- at least half a cup, maybe a cup (i didn't measure). they started to burn in the pot - the liquid was gone, but they were still significantly undercooked. also, they were too flour-y, but that was me, not the recipe (i dredged them too heavily). all in all, they came out really well. i served them with raita, and the more we ate the more we liked them (even our 2 year old!).
  2. zaar junkie
    I thought these turned out well. I found that the flour mixture was not nearly enough to coat all the croquettes - I had to triple this amount. I also refrigerated mine overnight and found the mixture still a little hard to handle. Once in the frying pan though, they held together and crisped up nicely. They have a nice subtle indian flavor, and I would make these again. Thanks.
  3. zaar junkie
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  4. Andrew Mollmann
    I did as another viewer suggested and baked them in the oven. Suggestion though, you don't need flour if you cook them in the oven. My mixture was a little too runny while making the patties, but they turned out alright. I didn't have garam marsala or turmeric, so I compensated with extra salt and pepper. I also thought the mixture could have used more peppers, perhaps some red bell peppers to contrast the green.
  5. DoktorSanne
    Great recipe again!! Instead of frying the croquettes I baked them in the oven at 200 degrees Celcius for 20 minutes on one side and 15 on the other. They were crispy and delicious!!1

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