Vegetarian Lentil Meatballs

 Makes 4 - 6 servings • Time: 60 minutes

Vegetarian Lentil Meatballs


  • 1 cup lentils, uncooked
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 slices wholegrain bread
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup cheese, grated
  • 2 teaspoons dried mixed herbs
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder 
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced finely
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 - 4 teaspoons olive oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Bring water to a boil in a pot, add the lentils. Let it cook for about 20 minutes until the lentils are soft. Remove from the heat to let it cool down. 
  3. In a large bowl, mix the eggs, crumble in the bread slices, onion, cheese, herbs, chili powder and garlic. Mix the lentils in. Add salt and pepper as required or personal taste. 
  4. In an ovenproof dish, add the olive oil to cover the bottom of the dish. 
  5.  Scoop the mixture into golf ball-sized balls. Press each ball slightly to compact the mixture. This will prevent it from falling apart. 
  6. Put it into the oven for about 30 minutes. Halfway through, turn the meatballs. 
  7. Put the oven on grill, turn the meatballs again and roast it for another 5 - 10 minutes until nice and crispy. 
  8. Serve and enjoy!  


Marna's handy tips

  • Serve with a fresh garden salad for a healthy, nutritious meal. It pairs well with plain mayonnaise, pesto, or any dressing!
  • The flavor increases over time, so you can make them a day before you want to serve them for enhanced, yummy flavor! 
  • The lentil-balls freeze very well: So make extra and keep them in your freezer! Then you can just defrost it for a lazy, easy dinner. 
Vegetarian Lentil Meatballs
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