Jun 7, 2013

Lentil balls with tomato sauce

These fellas are really awesome and when I make these, I usually bake a whole batch so I can make different meals with them. I add them to pizzas, eat as a side with mashed potatoes or pasta or on a sandwich. And if you have some leftover lentil balls, you can freeze them for later use.

Lentil balls:
  • 250 g green or brown lentils (uncooked)
  • 2 dl rice (uncooked)
  • 3 tbsp barley flour (or almost any other flour will do)
  • 2 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 5 tbsp bread crumbs
  • 3 tbsp quality ketchup or tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 2-3 tsp vegetable stock powder (or more to taste) or some salt

Tomato sauce:

  • 350 ml tomato juice
  • 1,5 tbsp brown sugar
  • a pinch of salt and ground black pepper
  • (3 tbsp vegan cream)
  • (fresh herbs for garnish)
Boil the lentils and rice together until they are soft. Drain them really carefully, so there will be no liquids left. Add flours, bread crumbs, ketchup or tomato sauce and seasonings. Mix carefully. Let the dough rest for about 10-15 minutes. Cover the baking tray with a baking paper, form the little balls, put them on a baking tray and bake at 200 C until they are crispy (about 30-40 minutes).

For the sauce, heat up the tomato juice with sugar, salt and pepper. Add vegan cream and fresh herbs if you want. Stir, let it boil for a couple of minutes and remove the heat.  Now take about 20-25 baked lentil balls, put them in a bowl and pour the tomato sauce over the lentil balls. Serve with spaghettis, mashed potatoes, boiled potatoes, rice or on a sandwich.


  1. I take it that 2 dl rice is deciliter? How many grams is that?

  2. Hey Jenni! Yes, 2 dl is deciliter. It is 200 grams.

  3. Wow, Vegan food is the best! Very creative balls and I love lentils!

  4. Can you put them in a spagheti sauce, or will they crumble because of the heat ?

  5. Actually I wouldn't recommend to put them in a boiling spaghetti sauce. I guess they will crumble, yes. Put you can pour the spaghetti sauce on the ready balls and then serve them. I have to create a recipe with more elastic veggie "meat" balls.

  6. I just found this site and it's fantastic! Im about to try this recepie above. Do you think quinoa would work instead of rice?

  7. Thank you so much, Maja! And I guess quinoa would actually work well in this recipe.

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  10. What flour could I use to make these gluten free.

  11. Thank you so much..

    Does it matter brown or white rice flour?

  12. There should be no major difference. I bet both will do fine. And you are most welcome! :)

  13. Have you tried freezing these for later use? I'm trying to become more organized. :-)

  14. I think freezing them would actually work :)

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  16. If I made the lentil balls a day before using them, how would you recommend reheating them? Bake in the oven to warm them, or would the warmed tomato sauce be enough?

  17. If you make smaller balls, warmed tomato sauce would be enough. But with bigger ones, I'd recommend heating them in the oven.

  18. Sounds good; one more question - tomato "juice" in the U.S. is a beverage; are you using something more similar to tomato "sauce"?

  19. I am actually using the beverage kind of tomato juice :D It's just always cheaper than tomato sauce and I love to use it in sauces and soups.

  20. I have just made these for my lunch and they are absolutely fantastic! I made a spicy tomato sauce and served them with chargrilled broccoli. And there are plenty left for my kids' packed lunches tomorrow. I have already recommended them to a friend. Thank you.

    1. That is SO great, Lesley! Thank you so much for trying the recipe out. I'm very happy that you liked the outcome!


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