Lentil Quinoa “Falafel”

Now that I’ve over-glutenized the past few days with the No-Knead Multigrain Bread, it’s time for a little fantastic gluten-free action. Last month at our weekly potluck, we celebrated a few birthdays with a Vegan Balls & Gluten-Free Phallic night. My friend Mark showed up with some awesome gluten-free vegan lentil falafel things that I fell in love with. Spicy, lentil, quinoa nuggets wrapped in lettuce with a splash of lemon, they made my night and now they can make yours too. Feel free to fry them in a tiny bit of oil or just leave them unfried–either way they’re delicious.

Lentil Quinoa “Falafel”

adapted from Zerrin

1 c cooked red lentils
2 c cooked quinoa
3 tsp salt
3 tsp cumin
1 tsp aleppo pepper
black pepper to taste
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 jalapeno, diced (with seeds)
3 cloves garlic, diced
half bunch of parsley, minced
lettuce and lemon for serving

Place the cooked lentils and cooked quinoa in a large mixing bowl.

Meanwhile, saute the onion and carrot dice in the olive oil for 5-7 minutes until translucent. Add the diced jalapeno and garlic and saute 1 minute more. Add the salt, cumin, aleppo pepper, and black pepper and saute 1 minute more. Deglaze the pan with a splash of water and transfer the onion mixture to the bowl with the lentils and quinoa.

Add the chopped parsley. Stir the mixture with a spoon until well combined. When it’s cool enough to handle, mix with your hands for a few minutes more, then form into balls.

At this point you can fry the falafel or leave it as is.

Serve with fresh lettuce to wrap the falafel in and spritz with lemon before eating.

21 Responses to “Lentil Quinoa “Falafel””
  1. zerrin says:

    This looks like a wonderful adaptation. Although I’m not familiar with quinoa, this falafel sounds great for me. I’ve seen it in many food blogs, but still couldn’t find it at supermarkets here. As I love changes in my usual dishes, I will make my lentil balls with your additions and changes. And thank you for giving a link to my post.

  2. karmalily says:

    They look so yummy! Could you bake these instead of frying?

  3. Renae says:

    I love lentil anything so I’m excited to try this!

  4. Barbara says:

    Quinoa AND lentils in a falafel? OMG, these sound too good to be true. I am going to make these very soon. Did you use red quinoa? The patties look darker than I would imagine.

  5. Becky says:

    Oh, yum! Do you think they’d hold up in the oven?

  6. Sophie says:

    yummers! i love falafel and this is a great way to reimagine it with delicious ingredients. thanks for the recipe!

  7. a-k says:

    Delicious! I love new takes on old favorites :) Will have to keep this in mind next time I whip up some lentils!

  8. eileen says:

    heck yeah! I make little lentil and grain patty-croquette-burger things like this all the time, and they are always great. I usually bake them and they hold up fine! it’s also worthwhile to make as many as possible, then throw them in the freezer for future lazy fooding.

  9. Ooooh these look fantastic! what a great idea, quinoa and lentils are 2 of my favorite things. Can’t wait to try these. Thanks!

  10. chow vegan says:

    Those look great! I like the fresh lettuce wrap too. :-)

  11. Those look awesome. I am forever looking for new protein packed transportable goodies!

  12. miss v says:

    i don’t have red lentils right now, but i do have red quinoa… maybe i’ll try to switch those colours up. looks yum!

  13. Diann says:

    These look so good and spicy! Great recipe.

  14. mihl says:

    I just had a huge bowl of quinoa, I wish I had leftovers for these!

  15. jessy says:

    these sound and look awesome, Jes! i’ve got everything on hand to make these, too! while we ran out of green lentils, i’ve got a HUGE mason jar full of the red ones. ooooh, now i’ve gotta make these soon! thanks!

  16. I love this! It sounds like it was made just for me! *swoon* I’m adding red lentils to our shopping list as we speak. Well, I would need a third hand to do that, but you know what I mean! :D

  17. BitterSweet says:

    I don’t know what to say other than- This is so cool! Seriously, I’ve had falafel made of all sorts of beans and seeds before, but still I never considered grains. And quinoa is a favorite, so I’m definitely trying this out. What a creative new interpretation!

  18. Virginie P. says:

    Good idea to add quinoa to falafels. It should give a real change.

  19. Mary says:

    I loved these and I really liked eating them wrapped in a lettuce leaf. I had not thought of that before–what a great flavor that comes through better than if I were eating it with bread. I just used 1/2 teaspoon of salt in this recipe–that’s all they needed. I wonder if it would work to steam collard leaves and stuff them with the “falafel” mixture.

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