Lentil balls are a lighter version of falafels as garbanzo beans can be a bit heavy on the digestive system. You can use any kind of lentils and i have used the brown ones as they are a source of six important minerals, two B-vitamins, and protein—all with virtually no fat. The calorie cost of all this nutrition? Just 230 calories for a whole cup of cooked lentils. Ofcourse frying these lentil balls add to the calories !!! This makes an excellent snack and my daughter even ate them cold. They can be frozen and then heated in the oven:
1 small cup of brown lentils soaked overnight in 3 cups of water
2-3 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon of grated ginger
1 teaspoon of Nitu Didi cumin seeds
1/4 cup of chopped coriander leaves
salt to taste
oil for deep frying
Drain the lentils well and put them on a big kitchen towel and rub to remove excess moisture. Put the lentils, garlic and chopped coriander leaves in a food processor or blender.
Blend till quite mashed but not totally pureed.
Add the salt and leave the mixture for a few hours at room temperature to ferment.
Shape into balls applying a bit of pressure so that the balls dont break while frying.
Put slowly and carefully into hot oil and fry till golden brown and cripsy
Serve with coriander or yogurt chutney