Enjoy a delicious aromatic kebab from lentils and mushrooms.
Simple, quick, fasting, vegetarian and vegan!
The well-known to all of us kebab comes from the Middle East. Its variants are found mainly in Asia and the Balkans. The kebab was brought to our country by Greek refugees from Istanbul and Central Asia in 1922, and quickly became part of the Greek cuisine.
The word "kebab" is of Persian origin, and it came to Greece from the Turkish word "kebap", which probably comes from concepts of Semitic languages that mean "burn", "coal" or "roasted". Another possible origin of the word is from the Persian word "kabab" which means "fry".
For the preparation of the kebab, traditionally, they are used various spices and herbs, which give a special aroma and taste. Our version for vegan kebab, therefore fasting, is very easy and quick, and of course delicious! We serve it with vegan Greek tzatziki based on tahini, and the classic Greek pita bread for souvlaki, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, and paprika. You can cook the kebabs in the grill or in the pan, as we recommend in our recipe.
Enjoy a super easy and delicious vegan kebab whether you follow a plant-based diet or not!
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Vegan kebab from lentils and mushrooms (fasting)
Ingredients for vegan kebabs
Instructions for vegan kebabs
- Start by boiling the lentils for 25 minutes or until they soften (preferably soak them overnight and then boil them for 10 minutes).
- In a preheated pan, heat the coriander and cumin seeds over low heat for 3 minutes (until they bring out their aroma), shaking them every now and then. Meanwhile, finely chop the mushrooms, onion, garlic, and parsley.
- Over medium to high temperature, sauté the onion for 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and continue for another 3 minutes. Finally, add the garlic and sauté for another 3 minutes. Put them on a cutting surface and chop finely and then put them in a bowl. Alternatively, blend them slightly in a food processor, as we want to keep the textures.
- Add the lentils to the bowl and melt them with a fork. Add all the other ingredients (except olive oil) and mix well.
- Shape them into a sausage shape and fry them in olive oil, over medium to high temperature, for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown from all sides.
- Serve as:- Portion on a plate with vegan Greek tzatziki, Greek pita bread, tomato, onion, and paprika.- Wrapped pita (as in the recipe for Greek traditional souvlaki with mushrooms gyros and vegan tzatziki).
- It goes well with beer, but also wine.
- For our mixture to have an ideal texture and for the kebabs not to dissolve, mash most of the lentils well and leave the mixture in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to firm up. This gives the oats time to absorb the liquid, resulting in a more combined mixture that does not dissolve.
- To save time:
- Soak the lentils and start by boiling them for 10 minutes.
- While boiling, heat two pans. Add the seeds in the first and sauté the mushrooms in the other.