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Lin's sister's Lentil and Carrot Cakes

Good to see that the aunties of BLW babies are on the case…

“This is all the way from my sister in New Zealand – with a few UK/BLW tweaks.

Red Lentil & Carrot Cakes

1/2 onion, finely chopped
1/4 tsp mild curry powder
1/4 tsp ground cumin
2 tbs red lentils
3/4 cup chicken stock (but I generally use water or that reduced-salt stuff)
1 medium carrot, grated
150g kumura (NZ veggie) or sweet potato or squash
1/4 -1/2 cup grated cheese.

Fry onion & spice in the fat of your choice. (I do bung in some garlic as well.)
Add lentils & stock. Add carrot and the starchy veg.
Cover and simmer for 15-20 mins
Stir in the cheese.

This is the original recipe which makes a loose-ish mash for spoon-feeders or older toddlers who like to show off cutlery skills.

To tweak to BLW stylee:
I usually add more lentils, a touch more of the starchy veg and a bit more water. I cook covered for about 10 mins and then uncovered for the rest of the time until the mixture is dry before stirring in the cheese. When cool, this will make a mash of a stiff enough consistency to be picked up by hand. It can also be combined with breadcrumbs to stiffen the mixture further and then made into cakes in the usual fashion.

Either way it freezes well.

As suggested elsewhere on this site, this can be combined with spinach & cream cheese for a sandwich spread.

Small is liking this a lot at the moment.



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9 Responses to “Lin's sister's Lentil and Carrot Cakes”

  1. Evelyn says:

    Just made these!
    Taste brilliant!
    Can’t wait to give them to my baby boo.

  2. Rose says:

    Is the sweet potato supposed to be grated too?

  3. Lin2Too says:

    Umm….. I think I did grate it. Just so that everything cooked down at the same rate.

    I’d forgotten this recipe – I used to love eating it on rice as a luxury sort of dahl. Maybe I need to revisit my BLW recipes again!

  4. Alex says:

    I know this might be silly to ask but is there a recipe for the lentils? This will be my first time doing something like this, I love lentils but usually my mom makes them and send us some (I’m not much of a cook really) and BLW sounds intimidating for some reason, I never had my baby not wanting puree with #1 but #2 just won’t stand them so I’m giving this a try

  5. Loopy Lou says:

    Under the BLW paragraph it says to make into cakes in the usual style – does this mean they need to be baked in the oven?

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  7. Jennifer says:

    Thank you for this amazing recipe! I was looking for a way to introduce lentils to our daughter and I came across this. It is so yummy! Our whole family enjoys having this.

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