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Baked Lentil Spinach Croquettes

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A crunchy, spiced, almond coating envelopes sauteed and spiced potatoes, lentils and spinach in these Baked Lentil Spinach Croquettes – making them a fun way to get your friends and family to eat their veggies!

Baked Lentil Spinach Croquettes

Over the years, just about every get-together at a Sri Lankan home that I’ve been fortunate to have attended, seems to have involved some sort of a “cutlet.” What is referred to in most other parts of the world as a croquette, the Sri Lankan cutlet consisted of some sort of sauteed meat or vegetable, cooked potatoes and a plethora of spices that were rolled up together, dipped in an egg mix and breadcrumbs, and then fried up.

Baked Lentil Spinach Croquettes

When it comes to cutlets, my mom makes a mean fish one. Her fish cutlets are so good us Charles Chicas will risk scalding the roofs of our mouths while taste testing them as soon as she pulls them out of her frying pan! I’ve tried making her version of them (as seen here), but, her idea of measuring ingredients in “pinches, dollops, and fistfuls” doesn’t quite help me out in duplicating hers exactly. So, I’ve tried taking over and perfecting the veggie cutlet/croquette niche in our family. Now, I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but toot I will do…because some of those veggie ones I’ve churned out were pretty darn good, like those Black Eyed Peas and Collard Greens Croquettes I made for our New Year’s Eve Shenanigans.

Baked Lentil Spinach Croquettes

To me, cutlets/croquettes are delicious, simple, fun, finger-food that’s perfect for game day get-togethers or any kind of shenanigans – especially when paired with a cold, refreshing, glass of Coca-Cola or Coke Zero!

Baked Lentil Spinach Croquettes

However, sometimes, standing there frying batches up can be a lot of work (for me, at least). So, sometimes, I just bake them up. Instead of dipping them in breadcrumbs after dipping them in an egg mix, I simply dip them in a mix of roughly ground up almonds and spices like cumin, coriander and paprika, like I did with these Baked Lentil Spinach Croquettes. Bite into one of these Baked Lentil Spinach Croquettes and you will still get a crunchy coating enveloping a tasty and spicy blend of potatoes, lentils and spinach. Such a fun way to get your friends and family to eat their veggies – eh?!

Baked Lentil Spinach Croquettes

I plan on taking some of these Baked Lentil Spinach Croquettes to the pot-luck game day get-together my daughter and I plan on attending, along with a cups and plates and a couple of 6 packs of Coke Zero I picked up at my neighborhood Dollar General Store. By the way, if you shop at Dollar General, make sure you download and launch the Dollar General App and turn on your Bluetooth® settings as you will be notified of some pretty rad deals just by walking by a new beacon-enabled “Destination Coca-Cola” end-cap – how cool is that?!

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Baked Lentil Spinach Croquettes

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Baked Lentil Spinach Croquettes

Baked Lentil Spinach Croquettes

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

A crunchy, spiced, almond coating envelopes sauteed and spiced potatoes, lentils and spinach in these Baked Lentil Spinach Croquettes - making them a fun way to get your friends and family to eat their veggies!

Ingredients

For the Croquettes:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion finely diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 cups frozen spinach
  • 1 cup cooked lentils
  • 2 boiled potatoes, skin peeled off
  • 1/2 jalapeno chopped, optional, for a bit of heat
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper, according to your taste

For the Almond Coating

  • 1 and 1/2 cups roughly ground up almonds, can pulse regular almonds in a food processor or place them in a plastic bag and whack 'em with a rolling pin
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 eggs whisked well

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Add olive oil and onion to a pan and saute till onions begin to caramelize
  3. Add in the garlic and ginger and frozen spinach and let cook, stirring a bit, till spinach is warmed through
  4. Add in the cumin, coriander, turmeric, and paprika
  5. Then, using a fork, roughly mash up the potatoes and add them to the spinach and spice mix
  6. Add in the cooked lentils
  7. Season with salt and pepper (according to your taste)
  8. Finally, add in the jalapeno and remove pan from heat
  9. Let cool a bit and when mix is comfortable to touch, gather up spoonfuls and form into balls/croquettes.
  10. When all the mix has been formed into balls, prep the almond coating by mixing the almonds, cumin, coriander, paprika and salt together in a plate.
  11. Then, use one hand to dunk a ball in the egg mix and the other hand to dunk it into the almond coating.
  12. Place all the balls/croquettes on an aluminum foil lined baking tray and bake for 35-40 minutes - till crispy.
  13. Enjoy plain or with sambal oelek

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Adina

Tuesday 11th of April 2017

What a beautiful recipe, I love this kind of things and the fact that they are baked and not fried makes the balls even more appealing. And I know what you mean about measuring in fistfulls and dollops, I really have my issues with deciphering some of my grandmother's or aunt's old recipes. It takes quite a few tries to get them right and when it comes to baking it can get really frustrating.

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Monday 6th of March 2017

Anything with a crispy coating gets my attention every time! And the combination of flavors in this lovely croquette is a winner in my book! Thanks for sharing, Shashi!!

Yaron

Monday 6th of February 2017

thanks shashi, your recipe looks amazing, i'll try making it soon

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Monday 23rd of January 2017

Awesome croquettes!! It is yummy.. And i must say about the pics.. They are amazing!!

Hotly Spiced

Saturday 21st of January 2017

I love the new look of your blog. You have photographed these croquettes beautifully. I love the ingredients and all the spices. These must have a lovely aroma. I didn't know in other parts of the world these are called 'cutlets'!