Lentil fritters. One word: nom. These little guys are delicious and PACKED with tons of fiber and protein. And if that's not amazing enough: they are suprisngly easy to make. Serve them as an appetizer for your Indian feast. Or, simply make them for a fun mid-day treat. Don't forget to pair them your favorite dipping sauce, such as a mango chutney! Yum!
2 cups dry lentils. Any standard lentil will do. I prefer the red variety, but I use whatever is sitting in my pantry.
1 small onion, roughly chopped
1 bundle of cilantro, roughly chopped
1 spicy pepper, small chopped or diced (jalapeno, serrano, habanero... you choose your fire. Or omit it all together, if you'd like)
ginger: grated, pressed, or finely chopped (amount will depend on your love for ginger. I could easily use up to 4 tablespoons of grated ginger, and still want more)
1 to 3 cloves of garlic
salt (to taste)
Indian spices (optional, but a teaspoon of coriander, cumin, garam masala, and chili, are all recommended)
frying oil (canola or a high heat coconut oil work well)
Soak lentils in a fair amount of water for 1 to 3 hours. An hour is fine for thinner lentil, such as red, but up to three hours won't hurt, and will actually be beneficial in the texture.
Drain water from lentils.
In food processor: puree lentils, ginger, garlic, spices, and about 3/4 of your cilantro.
Once pureed, add: spicy pepper, onion, leftover cilantro, and pulse (you want onion and cilantro pieces to be visible, they add a nice look, and a great texture)
Add salt to taste.
In large, deep pot, add: frying oil, at least two inches deep. Heat to medium/medium high.
Once heated, begin scooping out batter to form small spheres, about the size of a golf ball. The batter will be fairly wet, that's okay.
Gently plop ball into frying oil. Frying time will vary on the size of the fritter, but usually 3 to 4 minutes will be just fine :) They will go from a tan, to golden, to a deep brown color, when ready.
Remove finsihed fritter from oil and place on a paper towel or cloth (not a nice one!) to soak up extra oil.
Serve hot and enjoy!
And may I highly recommend pairing them with this Spicy Indian Pizza? It's fantastic.