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Asian inspired sticky lentil balls 

Asian inspired sticky lentil balls

Asian inspired sticky lentil balls were quite an unforgettable dish and there where seconds to spare. I love all things soy related and I am not afraid to confess. They are the perfect balance between sweet and sour. These protein loaded balls are just so amazing and super addictive! This super meal can be prepped beforehand and frozen for those days where you just don’t know what to make or when you need an extra protein boost to your lunch or dinner bowl.

Asian inspired sticky lentil balls were quite an unforgettable dish and there where seconds to spare. I love all things soy related and I am not afraid to confess. They are the perfect balance between sweet and sour. These protein loaded balls are just so amazing and super addictive! This super meal can be prepped beforehand and frozen for those days where you just don’t know what to make or when you need an extra protein boost to your lunch or dinner bowl.

These past two weeks have been horrid, the weather is just acting up so badly. I mean it’s supposed to be spring already, the flowers are in full bloom and the sun is nowhere to be seen. I could really build a life here, but if it wasn’t for the non-stop rain in this petite village! I am whiter than white and haven’t had a proper summer vacation in ages. Feels as though I just want to go and live in Bali for a whole year and eat smoothies. a Girl can dream right?

Apart from the weather, my photography has been great. Cloudy weather for a light chasing photographer like me has been bliss, otherwise on the real-life side not so much. the recipe testing and editing part have been somewhat difficult. I have wondered, you know how life works. Some make it, depending on talent or not, it’s about the right place and right time for some and others it’s about hard work. I have always prided myself about working hard, being honest and being a bit of introvert this kind of work/hobby had been wonderful for me, but also frustrating, because lots of the “work” I’ve put in has been unnoticed.

Then again why do I do what I do, I do it for me and if there is anything to learn during these years as a food blogger then I’m all for it. Nothing in life comes easy and I don’t want a fast cut, but I want things through hard work and talent. I’d rather have a couple struggles to be where I have to be.

These sticky lentil balls though, are not a lot of hard work and hopefully no drama…The meal prep is low grade and the reward, oh the reward is protein filled and oh so tasty!

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Beginner

Asian inspired sticky lentil balls

Asian inspired sticky lentil balls 

Ingredients 

  • 260g canned cooked lentils
  • 1/4 cup red onion
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic flakes
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • Cooked soba noodles
  • Sliced spring onions
  • Extra chili flakes

Sticky sauce ingredients

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce (or bbq sauce of preference)
  • 1-2 tsp rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp fresh or powdered ginger
  • 1/4 tsp chopped or dried chili flakes
  • 1 1 tsp sesame seeds and extra for decorating
  • 1 1/12 tbsp corn starch
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius.
  2. Drain the lentils slightly and place all the lentil ball ingredients in high speed food processor, blend until smooth.
  3. Scoop one and a half tbsp of the dough and roll into balls, add more almond flour if they are too sticky.
  4.  Heat up a skillet with some olive oil and fry these lentil balls around 2-3 minutes until brown on each side. Do not overcrowd when frying, because you want to ensure they are equally browned.
  5. Place all the balls in a pan that is oven proof and then mix together the sauce ingredients.
  6. Pour over the sauce and bake the balls for 15 minutes until sticky, once cooked add the cooked soba noodles and mix through with the sticky balls and sauce.
  7. Serve with chopped spring onions and toasted sesame seeds.

Hope you give these delicious recipe a go! Can’t wait to try these with some hummus, pita and baba ganoush!

Have a fab weekend**

M

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