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Carrie and Xavier's Lentil Cakes

Carrie and Xavier’s lentil cakes…

  • 1 tbps olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 125g red lentils
  • 400ml veg stock or bouillon
  • 85g bread crumbs (stale or oven dried is possible)
  • Flat leaf parsley to taste (or other herbs – optional)
  1. Gently fry onion in olive oil until soft.
  2. Add the lentils and stock to the onions and bring to the boil.
  3. Simmer for 20-25 minutes.
  4. Mix with breadcrumbs and flat leaf parsley (optional).
  5. Shape mixture into small patties for little hands to hold. If your mixture feels a little sticky add more bread crumbs.
  6. Brush with oil and place on lightly oiled baking tray – cook for approx 7 to 10 mins on gas mark 6 (I did for about 12 I think)

I freeze them to keep them fresh and use them as and when I need them – although not as popular as the fish cakes, Xavier likes them a lot – I think to make them more interesting you could add different herbs/spices.

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22 Responses to “Carrie and Xavier's Lentil Cakes”

  1. anna says:

    my little boy loved these and his dad had quite a few too, brilliant idea

  2. bronwyn says:

    is it possible to use rice instead of bread crumbs? Wheat, milk, egg, soy are supposed to be given to infants until 9-12 months of age.

    • Aitch says:

      depends where you are, i think. we’re go-go-go on gluten from 6 months in the UK. but i should imagine that rice would be fine.

  3. wacky12 says:

    will have to try these…. bet they would be good with curry powder/garam masala in them too.

  4. wacky12 says:

    ok made them today, M wasn’t interested, but they were really good; added 2 tsp of garam masala, but would use more next time. Ginger and garlic would be good added to them as well!

  5. Jane says:

    Made ’em, H really dug ’em, but I had trouble getting them to hold together…. I added thyme + grated Parmesan and they tasted like thanksgiving stuffing!

  6. wacky12 says:

    you could try adding an egg, Jane, if they dont’ want to hold together. Mine were fine… a bit wet, maybe. Will be making them again soon.

  7. rb8231 says:

    Have been making these for my little boy (17months) for approx 6months now and he loves them :-) I think they are quite healthy with the red lentils, but tend to add parmesan or a bit of mild curry powder to add a bit more flavour. My little boy loves the cakes as I make them bite sized and he has to hold one in each hand when he is eating them !

  8. Lucy says:

    Did these today – delish! I did add an egg to make sure they’d stick though… and discovered they are less crumbly later on having been in the fridge a while.

  9. RKC says:

    We love these! I have a 10 month old boy and these lentil cakes have been one of his favourites since the start. They make great lunches and/or fallback food if he is not into whatever I am trying to serve him for dinner! I make these with my chicken stock, I also add sautéed corn and some fresh basil – due to the corn being a bit hard I started out by blending the mix just before adding the breadcrumbs and baking, and they turned out so well that I have just kept doing it that way. Thanks for all of your great recipes on this site, they have been such a help to us :)

  10. SG says:

    Do you freeze them before or after baking?

    • Aitch says:

      I’d bake first, but for less time than usual. Then hopefully they’ll pick up some colour when you do them to eat.

  11. Laura says:

    Made these during the week and they were loved by both baby and husband! Such a great base recipe, thank you :)

  12. Kathryn says:

    I’ve made up a batch of these tonight…I think I may have left them in a little bit too long as they’re a wee bit dry, but the flavour is great (I made them with no-salt chicken stock). We’ll see what boo-boo makes of them tomorrow lunchtime!

  13. jenga says:

    ok so whats the US equivalent to “gas mark 6”? 350? 400?
    I can figure out grams, but not sure of this…
    Maybe we need a translation section, just so that we are all on the same page. LOL!

  14. Polly says:

    Made with an extra green pepper, cumin and garam masala – our almost 7 month old enjoyed them – as did we.

  15. Karen says:

    Thank you so much for this site! I have tried the porridge pancakes and these lentil cakes so far and both have been a big hit with my little one. Really appreciate the new ideas.

  16. Lorraine says:

    I added the 2 tsp Garam Masala and these were gorgeous! Enjoyed by everyone. They were a bit moist after cooking, were drier after overnight in the fridge. I’ll be making bigger adult sizes ones!

    • Aitch says:

      brilliant! lord knows if you have any photos, do send me them… i have no illos for these recipes, as they’re so old…

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