Red Lentil Kofta Patties
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These red lentil kofta patties are one of my favorite foods. They are incredibly flavorful, easy to whip up and bring me right back to Turkey. Enjoy warm right away or later with a salad cold as an appetizer or side.
Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Mediterannean
Serves: 22 large patties
  • 2 cups red lentils
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp hot pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1½ tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup fine bulgur
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp sea salt or to taste
  1. Prepare and dice the white onion, garlic and parsley.
  2. Rinse the red lentils. Cook the red lentils in a large pot with 4 cups of water, ground cumin, hot pepper flakes, paprika, and tomato paste over medium-high heat. Cover and leave to cook for 15-18 minutes until the water is almost all absorbed.
  3. Add the bulgar. Turn the stove off. Stir the bulgar and lentils together. Cover and leave to sit for 5 minutes until the rest of the water is absorbed and the bulgar is cooked.
  4. Stir the white onion, garlic and parsley into the red lentil mixture. Add sea salt to taste. Leave to cool in the fridge for 5 - 10 minutes before rolling into balls.
  5. Scoop and pack the red lentil mixture with an ice cream scoop or spoon onto a tray or large plate. Shape the red lentil patties into a patty shape with the palm of your hand. Enjoy straight away warm or later cold with salad. Enjoy!
1) Substitute fine bulgar for super fine couscous.
Recipe by Ceara's Kitchen at