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Lentil & aubergine meatballs with pita bread

Believe it or not, meatballs don’t have to be made out of meat! You can have tasty vegetarian ones too such as these lentil and aubergine meatballs.

SERVES 4–6 // PREP TIME 20 min // COOK TIME 20 min

For the meatballs
½ onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, grated
1 brinjal, chopped
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp mixed dried herbs
2 cups tinned brown lentils
½ cup breadcrumbs
Handful coriander
To serve
4 pitas, cut into wedges
1 cup sour cream

For the meatballs
1. Heat some oil in a pot over high heat. add the onion, garlic, brinjal and spices. Fry until well browned. allow to cool slightly.
2. Add the brinjal mixture and all the remaining ingredients to a food processor. Pulse for 2 minutes, until well combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
3. Form the veggie mixture into balls. heat some oil in a pan and fry the veggie balls over high heat until golden brown and cooked through.
4. Serve veggie balls with pitas and sour cream.

Recipes & Styling Amerae Vercueil
Photography Samantha Pinto

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