A Beautiful Lentil Mistake: Cheezy Vegan Fried Lentils

Yesterday I was attempting to make some Red Lentil Latkes, the recipe called for some eggs and cheese, and I thought “I can make this vegan easily!” so I pulled out my Ener-G Egg Replacer and Daiya and went to town… But it turns out I couldn’t make Lentil Latkes, instead I created something amazing and did my own thing! Here’s what I got:


Cheezy Vegan Fried Lentils:

–       1 cup red lentils

–       3 small potatoes

–       1 small yam, peeled

–       3 vegan “eggs” (I used Ener-G Egg Replacer, but you could use any egg substitute)

–       2 heaping tbsp Veganaise

–       5 small cloves of garlic (or 3 large ones)

–       2 heaping tbsp of Ketchup

–       a few sprinkles of salt

–       pepper (as much as you like!)

–       1 tsp of cumin

–       ½ – 1 tsp of chili powder (depends how spicy you want)

–       4 green onions, chopped

–       2 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional, but gives a good cheezy flavour)

–       a good drizzle of cooking oil (I used extra virgin olive)

–       ½ cup or more of Daiya Vegan Cheese (I used the cheddar)


Start by cooking the Lentils in a medium sauce pan with about 2 ½ cups of water and a sprinkle of salt, bring it to a boil, then stir and lower the heat to medium and cook until their tender but not mushy, about 20 minutes.

While the Lentils are cooking, grate all the potatoes and yam into a large bowl, dab the potatoes with a clean towel or paper towel to remove excess moisture.

When the Lentils are done drain out the excess water and add them to the bowl (they will be hot so don’t use a plastic bowl!) and combine it all, then add all the other ingredients except the Daiya and oil, and combine well.

 Heat a large frying pan to a medium-hot temp, add the oil, and then add the whole lentil mixture. Spread it out flat on the pan and let sit for a few minutes, then stir. Repeat this 4-6 times until it starts to smell good and you can see some of the lentils getting a little crispy, then add the Daiya cheese, stir and let that melt in for 5 minutes minutes, then turn off the heat, let it cool a minute, and eat!


You can eat this just as is, have it for dinner with some veggies for a complete meal, or put it in a tortilla and make a burrito! The possibilities are endless 🙂 Enjoy!


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