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Vegan Lentil Kofte

Armenian Vegetarian Kofte (Vospov Kofte)

These simple vegetarian kofte are made from red lentils, bulgur wheat, sautéed onion, and are complimented by a fresh tomato herb salad. They come together quickly and make for a lovely side or a light main course. Think tabbouleh, but in kofte form.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
SERVINGS 18 kofte


Tomato Herb Salad

  • 1 to tomato (diced)
  • 1 cucumber (diced)
  • 1 green pepper (diced)
  • 2 spring onions (thinly sliced)
  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground sumac
  • Salt + pepper to taste

Lentil Kofte

  • 1 cup red lentils (rinsed)
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 yellow onion (diced)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup of bulgur wheat
  • 3 spring onions (diced)
  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley (chopped)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Salt & pepper to taste

To Top

  • Paprika
  • Toasted cumin seeds
  • Yogurt


Make Salad

  • Combine all the saald ingredients in a bowl and set aside to marinate

Make Kofte

  • In a large pot, combine lentils with 3 cups of water and bring to boil. Reduce heat and leave to simmer partially uncovered, for about 15 minutes (or until lentils are very tender). Take of heat and stir in 2 tsp of salt.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan over medium heat and add chopped onion. Sautee until translucent, about 6 minutes, then add in garlic and sauté for another minute.
  • Stir in uncooked bulgur wheat to cooked lentils, then stir in onion, garlic and remaining oil in the pan. Cover pot with lid and leave for about 20 minutes or until bulgur wheat has absorbed liquid and is soft.
  • Next, mix in spring onions, parsley, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Once mixture is cool, dip hand in a dish of warm water and shape a handful of mixture into an oblong shape. Repeat till all the mixture is used.
  • Top koftas with paprika, toasted cumin seeds and yogurt and serve with tomato salad.
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Armenian
Keyword Quick, Healthy, Salad, Lentils, Vegan, Tomato, Bulgur Wheat, Kofte