Red Lentil Cutlets

Recipe for Red Lentil Cutlets with yoghurt dip

Recently I have started exploring foods that are high in protein and relatively low in carbs. As a vegetarian, it sometimes becomes difficult to include proteins in all your meals. However, if you include lentils, legumes and millet in your meals, things become very easy. Today, I am sharing one such recipe that I created in my quest to increase protein in my diet. This dish is made with red lentils and is served with boiled eggs and a dip made with low-fat yoghurt. I made around 18 cutlets with the recipe and used just 2 teaspoons of oil. Despite the low amount of fat, it tasted delicious.

This dish can be prepared in under 30 minutes if you plan well and keep some of the ingredients ready.

So, let us start with the recipe for Red Lentils Cutlets with yoghurt dip.

I am breaking the recipe into 4 parts:

Part 1: Preparing the cutlets

Part 2: Preparing the yoghurt dip

Part 3: Preparing other components of the dish

Part 4: Plating

So, let’s start:

Part 1: Preparing the cutlets

Ingredients needed for red lentil cutlets -for about 16-18 cutlets(4 servings):

  1. Red Lentils: 1 cup; soaked for about 2 hours in 2 cups of water
  2. Potatoes: 4; medium-sized, boiled
  3. Kasuri Methi ( dry fenugreek leaves): 1 tablespoon
  4. Fresh Coriander leaves: 1 tablespoon; finely chopped
  5. Green Chilies: 2-3; finely chopped
  6. Garlic Powder: 1 teaspoon
  7. Pani Puri Masala: 1 teaspoon
  8. Paprika Powder: 1 teaspoon
  9. Garam Masala: 1 teaspoon
  10. Salt: 2 teaspoons, or according to taste

Method to make Red Lentils Cutlets:

  1. Remove the excess water from the lentils and grind the lentils to a fine paste. Combine with boiled and mashed potatoes.

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  2. Add dry fenugreek leaves, fresh coriander leaves, green chillies and all the spices – garlic powder, pain puri masala, paprika powder, garam masala and salt.

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  3. Mix well. The mixture will be loose.

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  4. Meanwhile, heat a nonstick pan. Brush oil on its surface and let it stay on medium heat. With wet hands, shape the cutlets and place them directly on the pan.

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  5. Brush oil on their surface, and, on medium heat, cook them till they are done.

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Part 2: Preparing the yoghurt dip

Ingredients needed for making yoghurt dip:

  1. Low-fat yoghurt: 400 ml
  2. Garlic paste: from 5-7 cloves of garlic
  3. Dry dill leaves: 1 teaspoon
  4. Salt: 3/4 teaspoon

Method to make yoghurt dip:

  1. Combine all the ingredients.

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Part 3: Preparing other components of the dish

Other ingredients needed for the recipe:

  1. Cucumber: 1; cut into strips
  2. Eggs: 4, boiled, peeled and cut into halves.
  3. Fresh Coriander leaves: Chopped; for garnishing
  4. Fresh Lemon: To squeeze on the cutlets.

Part 4: Plating

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