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Savoury Lentil Pancakes


Filled with nutritional benefits, savoury lentil pancakes are a great healthy breakfast to start the day. They’re egg-free, making them a perfect pancake alternative for those with egg allergies…oh, and they’re delicious too!


Units Scale
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 onion, chopped roughly
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon cumin, ground
  • 3 tablespoons rice flour
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. Wash and rinse lentils under running water until the water is not cloudy anymore.
  2. Soak lentils in boiling water for 30 minutes. This will make the lentils tender which, in turn, makes it easier to blend them.
  3. Drain the soaked lentils, and add them to the blender. Add chopped onion, garlic, salt, black pepper, cumin, and cilantro (set aside a few cilantro leaves for later). Pulse until a smooth paste is formed. (This is your lentil pancake batter!)
  4. Transfer the puree to a mixing bowl. Add rice flour and the remaining cilantro. Mix well.
  5. Spread butter on a flat pan over a medium-high heat. Add 2-3 tablespoons of pancake batter to the pan and using the back of the spoon shape it into a round pancake shape.
  6. Reduce the heat to medium and cook on each side for 3-4 minutes or until golden and crispy. Enjoy!


  • When you’re washing your lentils, make sure to be thorough by scooping up handfuls of lentils and scrubbing them in your palm to clean.
  • A little hack to get even pancakes is to use a ¼ cup scoop to spoon your pancake batter into the pan. That way your pancakes will mostly be around the same size.
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Indian

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