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Lentil Falafel with Carrots

Amy Palanjian
These have the flavors of traditional falafel, but are made with iron-rich lentils. They're a nice vegetarian main dish option.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 4
Calories 305 kcal


  • 2 cups fully cooked lentils
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander (optional, but recommended)
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano (optional, but recommended)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (optional, but recommended)


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and coat a baking pan with nonstick spray.
  • Place all ingredients except the flour and breadcrumbs into a food processor. Process until very smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the container as needed, for about 1 minute.
  • Pulse in the flour just to combine.
  • Place breadcrumbs into a bowl. Use a 1 tablespoon measuring spoon to measure the batter into balls. (The batter will be very moist.) Use your finger to push out each portion of batter into the breadcrumbs.
  • Coat each ball of batter in the breadcrumbs and flatten slightly. (You may need to wash your hands halfway through.) Place onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm with rolls, with a side of rice or another grain, or over a salad for mom and dad.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat for 15-30 seconds in the microwave to serve.


  • You can cook the lentils from dry yourself or purchase fully cooked ones from your supermarket.
  • The batter is very moist, but coating it in breadcrumbs helps make it possible to flatten it into a disc. You may need to wash your hands halfway through making.
  • Use panko-style breadcrumbs instead of regular for a crispier outer coating.
  • Serve with a favorite dipping sauce like Tahini or ketchup.
  • Gluten-free, use gluten-free cup for cup flour and gluten-free breadcrumbs.


Calories: 305kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 15gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 709mgPotassium: 575mgFiber: 11gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 5391IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 86mgIron: 7mg
Keyword baked falafel, lentil falafel
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