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ARMENIAN RED LENTIL PATTIES (VOSPOV KUFTA)

October 18, 2018

Lentils are consumed in many ways. They can be eaten soaked, cooked, fried, or baked. The lentils require a cooking time of 10 to 40 minutes, depending on the type. Lentils are used all over the world to cook many different dishes. Lentils are used to prepare an inexpensive and nutritious meal. Armenian Red Lentil Patties or Vospov Kufta is a traditional Armenian dish but it is made all over the Middle East. It is a vegan dish that's most often eaten during lent season. But, that doesn't stop me from having it year round. It is also one of the lightest and fastest meals to make. This makes it a meal preferred by those who want to make a change in their weekday dinners. The consistency of the patties is neither too watery nor too dry. I mean, it's perfect. It is usually served with bread and a tomato and cucumber salad. I serve mine with some extra caramelized onions, just dip and enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups red lentils 

  • 4 1/2 cups water

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 1/2 cups fine burgul #1

  • 1 tablespoon pepper paste

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper

  • 1 tablespoon cumin

  • 2 onions, finely chopped

  • 1 Cup olive oil

 

Directions:

  1. Wash the lentils and put it in a pot. Cover with the water and salt and boil until the the lentil is cooked.

  2. Remove from heat and stir in the burgul, cumin, pepper paste, and red pepper. Leave the burgul to absorb the water of the lentil in the pot.

  3. Heat the oil and fry the onions until golden and crispy.

  4. Add 2/3 of this mixture onto the lentil & burgul mixture. Kneed well to incorporate it all very well.

  5. Take about a tablespoon at a time of the koubeh mixture and squeeze with the fingers to produce bite-size pieces.

  6. Arrange the koubehs in a serving platter and serve with remaining third of onion mix to dip.

 

 

 

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