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Spiced red lentil patties in pita pockets

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These Spiced red lentil patties and veggie filled pita pockets make for a filling, meat-free meal that the family are sure to love.

  • Serves4
  • Cook time30 minutes
  • Prep time15 minutes, (+ 30 mins chilling time)
Spiced red lentil patties in pita pockets


  • ½ cup (100g) dried red lentils, rinsed, drained
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 x 125g cans chickpeas, rinsed, drained
  • 1 tbs tahini
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • ½ cup (50g) breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup mint leaves, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup (200g) Greek-style yoghurt
  • 4 wholemeal pita pockets
  • 2 Lebanese cucumbers, thinly sliced into ribbons
  • 200g punnet Perino grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 radishes or ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • Mint leaves, extra, to serve

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  1. Step 1

    Cook the lentils in a large saucepan of boiling water for 15 mins or until tender. Drain well.
  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, heat 2 tsp of the oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat. Cook the onion, stirring, for 5 mins or until the onion softens. Add the cumin, coriander, paprika and turmeric and cook for 1 min or until aromatic.
  3. Step 3

    Process the lentils, onion mixture, chickpeas, tahini and lemon juice in a food processor until almost smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Step 4

    Place the breadcrumbs on a plate. Shape tablespoonfuls of lentil mixture into small patties to make 16 patties. Dip 1 patty into the breadcrumbs and toss to coat. Place on a plate. Repeat with the remaining lentil mixture and breadcrumbs. Place in the fridge for 30 mins to chill.
  5. Step 5

    Meanwhile, combine the mint and yoghurt in a small bowl. Heat remaining oil in a frying pan. Cook the patties, in batches, for 2-3 mins each side or until golden brown and heated through.
  6. Step 6

    Split open one end of each pita pocket and fill with lentil patties, cucumber, tomato, radish or onion and extra mint leaves. Serve with mint yoghurt.