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Easy Lentil Pancakes
Are you searching for a tasty and wholesome way to kickstart your day or indulge your taste buds? Well, you're in for a treat with these delightful Easy Lentil Pancakes. Lentils, those versatile and protein-rich legumes, play the starring role in this recipe, offering a delicious twist on the classic pancake. Whether you follow a vegan or vegetarian diet or want to introduce more plant-based dishes into your culinary repertoire, these lentil pancakes are a nourishing and delectable option that will leave you craving seconds.
Ingredients Used Lentil Pancakes
- Red lentils: these need to be soaked overnight to soften the grains. You can use yellow lentils as a substitute
- Salt: to taste
- Oil: you can use olive or canola oil
- Mushrooms: I used white button or brown cremini mushrooms for this recipe. However, use other varieties like baby bella, portobello, or oyster mushrooms. Garlic: or onions or both.
- Tamari: a flavorful sauce that is gluten-free too. If you don’t have this, you can use soy sauce instead
- Spinach leaves: add a fresh taste and mild crunch
- Hummus: I used my homemade version, of course! But feel free to use your favorite one. Or you can also use Chipotle sauce or Tahini Peanut Sauce
- Pepper: to taste
For garnish (optional)
- Alfalfa sprouts: or other sprouts or herbs
- Parsley: or whatever fresh herbs and greens you like
- Sesame seeds: or other seed,s or nuts of your choice
Directions for Lentil Pancakes
Kick off the process by soaking the red lentils in water overnight. After soaking, give them a good drain and transfer them to your blender. Add 200 ml of fresh water and a pinch of salt, and blend until you achieve a smooth consistency.
Next, heat a touch of oil in a non-stick pan. Pour a portion of your lentil batter into the pan and use a spatula to evenly spread it, forming a perfect circle. Once the surface is no longer runny, cautiously flip the pancake and cook the other side. Continue this process until you've cooked all your pancakes to perfection.
In a separate hot pan, sauté your mushrooms with a drizzle of oil until they reach a glorious golden-brown hue. Add minced garlic and sauté for an additional minute. To enhance the flavor, deglaze the pan with tamari and give it a good stir, ensuring the mushrooms are thoroughly coated. Season with a pinch of pepper to taste.
Now, it's time to assemble your lentil pancake creation. Spread a generous layer of hummus onto the pancakes, creating a delectable base. Top it off with a handful of fresh spinach and your garlic-infused mushrooms. If you're feeling extra fancy, garnish with sprouts and a sprinkle of parsley for added flair. Delight in these delectable vegan lentil wraps that you've masterfully crafted!
When you finish cooking, take some photos of the new dish to share with your family, and consider using an image fader to enhance the visual aesthetics of the photos.
Feel free to enjoy these nutritious red lentil pancakes uniquely as a side dish to complement your favorite curry or soup instead of traditional flatbread. Get creative with toppings; try spreading vegan cream cheese or guacamole and load up with various veggies. If you're in the mood for something sweet, consider indulging in vegan Nutella or peanut butter, a drizzle of chocolate, and an assortment of fresh fruits. The choice of spreads and toppings is entirely up to you, so you can craft a delicious meal that suits your cravings and preferences.
Common Questions About Lentil Pancakes
Can I Make Lentil Pancakes in Advance?
Absolutely! Lentil pancake batter can be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator for a day or two. This makes them a convenient option for busy mornings or when you want a quick meal. Just give the batter a good stir before cooking the pancakes. You can freeze cooked lentil pancakes for longer storage, reheating them in a toaster oven or skillet when needed.
Are There Any Tips for Achieving the Perfect Texture?
To ensure your lentil pancakes have the right texture—crispy on the outside and tender on the inside—properly drain and rinse the soaked lentils. Also, avoid overcrowding the skillet, which can lead to soggy pancakes. Cook them in batches if needed, giving each pancake enough space to brown evenly.
Can Lentil Pancakes Be Made Sweet?
While lentil pancakes are typically savory, you can adapt the recipe to create sweet versions. Add a touch of sweeteners like honey or maple syrup to the batter and incorporate ingredients like cinnamon, vanilla extract, or mashed bananas for flavor. Top sweet lentil pancakes with fresh berries, yogurt, or a dusting of powdered sugar for a delightful dessert or breakfast treat.
What's the Best Way to Reheat Leftover Lentil Pancakes?
To reheat leftover lentil pancakes, you can place them in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 10 minutes or until heated through. Alternatively, you can use a toaster oven or microwave for a quicker reheat.