Good Food at Work

Spicy Lentil Cakes

  By Mary Ellen Penn  ,

April 26, 2017

Sriracha or the hot sauce of your choice gives these healthy vegan-friendly delights a delicious kick!

Prep times indicated do not include the time needed to soak the lentils and rice.

  • Prep: 7 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yields: 4 Servings


1/2 cup red lentils

1/4 cup basmati rice

1/4 cup cilantro

1-1/2 tablespoons ginger, minced

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

1 jalapeno, seeded

1 tablespoon red onion, minced

2 teaspoons Sriracha

1-1/2 teaspons olive oil

Water as needed

Pink Himalayan salt and pepper to taste

Canola oil, as needed for frying


1Place lentils and rice in a pot of water. Cover pot and refrigerate for 3-4 hours to soak.

2Drain lentils and rice. Place in a food processor with remaining ingredients. Pulse until a paste is formed. Season to taste.

3Heat vegetable oil over medium heat. Drop 2-ounce portions of batter into hot oil, gently pressing down with the back of a spatula to create a disc shape. Saute for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown.

4Remove from oil and drain on paper towels. Serve immediately.


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