Recipe Contributed By Sara Haas, RDN, LDN

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Lentil Fritters with Lemon-Garlic Yogurt




  • 5 tbsp avocado oil, divided into 1 tbsp and 4 tbsp
  • 1/2 cup white onion, finely diced
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground tumeric
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 cup chickpea flour
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup red lentils, picked over and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups water


  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp cracked black pepper


  • 4 cups mixed baby greens


  • Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onions; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic, cumin, turmeric and cayenne and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer to a mixing bowl along with the chickpea flour, salt and pepper. Return saucepan to stove and add lentils and water, bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium-low to maintain a simmer. Cover and cook until the lentils are tender, 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the yogurt. Chop the garlic, then finely mince. Sprinkle with ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt and using the back of your knife, smash and smear salt into garlic. Run knife through mixture, then smash and smear again. Repeat the process until you create a garlic paste. Addpaste to a bowl with the yogurt, lemon zest, lemon juice and remaining ⅛ teaspoon pepper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to eat.
  • Drain lentils and transfer to the bowl with cooked onions, garlic, seasonings and chickpea flour. Using a large spoon, mixto combine. Shape into 8, equal-sized patties.
  • Set a skillet over medium-high heat, add 4 tbsp oil. Once hot, add half of the fritters and cook, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with the remaining fritter mixture, adjusting heat as needed.
  • Serve fritters topped with yogurt and mixed greens.


Recipe twist: Add ¼ cup chopped nuts to the fritter batter for a bit of crunch.
DEFINED: What does it mean when we say “picked over”? It means looking over them or sorting through them in the strainer and pulling out any broken beans or debris, such as little stones, before rinsing.