Darshana Thacker Wendel
Darshana Thacker Wendel is a whole-food, plant-based chef and former culinary projects manager for Forks Over Knives. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is the author of Forks Over Knives: Flavor! She created the recipes for Forks Over Knives Family and was a lead recipe contributor to the New York Times bestseller The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, and LA Yoga magazine online. Visit DarshanasKitchen.com and follow her on Instagram for more.see more from this author
I love pasta dishes and am happy to see a really delicious looking recipe with lentils, vegetables and spices. This could really work for me. I’m excited!
don’t know if its good or not but did look and also wrote down, the ingredients looked divine. I loved the fact that you added the ready and prep time, that’s all I got to say. I will visit your website again soon for more tips and recipes and would give it a overall 5 rating! Please insist getting tons of more people to visit it’s amazing !
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How many calories (and the other nutritional information) is in three lentil meatballs
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There is no possible way 1 cup of lentils can get tender with only 1 cup of water. I saw other reviews after I looked up whether there was an error in the recipe…. Definitely add 1.5 or 2 cups water or it all burns!
It cooks faster when soaked for about 2 hours. Adding a pinch of bicarbonate of soda works wonders.
Thanks for bringing this to our attention! We reached out to the recipe creator about the measurements. While she says that the 1:1 ratio works well to ensure the lentils don’t get mushy, she agreed that 1.5 cups would be better for the recipe, so we’ve updated the instructions. Let us know how it goes!
I really like these. Third time I’ve made them. I like freezing them for an easy meal later. Like some others, I worried about whether there was enough water, so I did add a bit more. I liked reading about the people who followed the recipe to a T, and maybe I will next time. Anyway, thank you. I really enjoy these lentil balls.
This recipe was a lot of effort to make and everyone at my table was disappointed. The ingredients for the balls were chopped and not processed. This made them difficult to form, and after they were baked they were just a conglomerate of ingredients. They may as well have been just been spread out on the pan and baked. Forming them into a ball was useless and a waste of time. Complicated recipe. Bad outcome. Flavor wasn’t worth the effort.
I am going to make these within the next days as I like the ingredients and the balls really look delicious. After having read the comments I would suggest to double the quantity of the water (1 cup lentils, 2 cups water) and to use a mixer to get a dough. Don’t puree it, you will like to have the meatballs coarse.
i made these and wasn’t to impressed. The 250 temp is to low, i had to cook them at 350 after the 45 minute cook time at 250. They also need a better binder, Mine fell apart. Not sure what ill do with the left overs, maybe add them to some rice. Maybe some flaxseed binder? Love the idea but the recipe needs some tweaking to mae it more like a regular meatball.
I used your book & made this, I’m not vegan & it was so delicious, I followed the recipe & the only thing my meatballs didn’t look like the picture but it was still yummy.
Lentils need more water than the equal amount. The water was absorbed within 5 min and that was not enough liquid to cook the onions and mushrooms. Once the other ingredients were added, there still was not enough liquid to simmer the mixture without it burning. I would recommend a cup and a half of water.
I made this recipe exactly at written, but there does not seem to be anything to hold the balls together. The taste was OK, but none of my lentil ball held together very well. Should the mixture have been processed in a food processor before forming the balls?
2 tps Psyllium powder (thickening agent) if not allergic to it would hold it perfectly together. Awesome dietary fiber too. Improvise with your own spices in your own tomato sauce.
I made this recipe without forming lentil balls, keeping the mixture in the pot I cooked it. I also made Myrna’s marinara sauce with two cans of tomatoes, 3 dates, 3 garlic cloves and dried basil. Delicious!
The combination of the lentil/mushroom mixture and marinara is super tasty .
I had zero luck with one of the other FOK recipes with “wheatballs”, but these worked spectacularly! I would definitely add more spices and possibly nutritional yeast or vegan grated parm in place of, or in addition to, the wheat flour. I used Simple Truth Organics Marinara Sauce. I don’t know if it’s oil-free, I didn’t really care as the rest of the recipe is extremely healthy.
Need gluten free option, can you help
Try buckwheat flour or polenta flour 😉
Yummy! I added a little more spices for my tastebuds.
Delicious but I did add a lot of flavor enhancers to the sauce. As others said, the balls did fall apart but so what! I will make this again.
This recipe is a hit in our home. As other comments have mentioned, we were skeptical about the amount of onions and the use of mushrooms. Don’t be… the onions cook down nicely. And the mushrooms go through a vegan-voodoo process and add a nice meaty texture and flavor. Enjoy!
Do they still taste at all like mushrooms? I really don’t like mushrooms but sooo many vegan recipes use them that I feel like I need to try again
Yum! I thought it was delicious in flavor and I always appreciate recipes where I can make things a day or so in advance.
My only problem was in keeping the balls intact- like homemade veggie burgers, they fell apart. Ideas??
What can be used in place of the mushrooms? Mushrooms are gross.
Delicious! I make these all of the time. We’re hooked!
While untested in our home, you may consider chickpeas, zucchini or even sun dried tomatoes as substitutes for mushrooms.
I love Forks Over Knives recipes. That said, it would be helpful if you included nutritional information. For this recipe I used a food processor to chop the onions and mushrooms and garlic, and it worked well. I did add an additional half cup of water to the lentil mixture about halfway. A tasty recipe.
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I’m actually pretty surprised at the negative reviews. I’ve made these half a dozen times and they’re always a hit. I make them exactly as the recipe instructs and I freeze the leftovers to enjoy for longer.
One cup of water for one cup of lentils is insufficient to cook the lentils. Final taste of meatballs was just OK, nothing special.
FOK, please update this recipe to something more than 1 c of water; multiple people have noted this is impossible; I burnt a cup of lentils trusting in this guidance. Had it simmering on 1, covered. Or—don’t cover and constantly stir? Help us not waste food, please.
The meatball were pretty rough. Way too many onions (and then onion powder on top of it?). The texture is crunchy because the onions and garlic are almost raw testing, which is odd. And the flavor is just not good overall. It has potential though. Next time I’ll half or even quarter the amount of onions. Sauté the onions, garlic and mushrooms before adding to the lentils as well. Once the lentil mixture is done cooking in the pot, I’ll add them to a food processor to mince up. Then roll into balls and pop in the oven. Think this will be a step in the right direction.
Takes a bit of time but, WOW, delicious! Here are my tips:
1. I omitted the tomato paste for a more all-round flavor for use in other dishes (perhaps a veggie stir-fry or on top of a salad).
2. I added the frozen meatballs to a sauté pan to heat up with the pasta sauce and they broke apart, giving me more of a bolognese sauce than meatballs (still delicious). So keep separate if you like that ‘meatball’ look and feel.
3. They freeze incredibly well! Once baked and cooled, I froze them on the baking tray until solid, then transferred them to a silicone freezer bag… easy to pull out one or two as needed instead of a giant clump of meatballs.
4. Great use for mushrooms that are a bit past their prime but are still edible
5. It does take time… make this while you’re doing other meal prep and it’s a breeze.
6. Lastly, I was sorry I didn’t make two batches
I was very disappointed by this recipe. I’m a good cook and know how to follow a recipe — this recipe did not turn out well. I will not make it again. I will finish what I’ve made because I hate to throw out food but I won’t enjoy it.
Sandy, think twice… a good cook don’t need to follow a recipe, he follows only his own inspiration. 😉
These lentil balls are delicious! I followed the recipe as written and they are yummy! One cup of water to one cup of lentils is truly all the water you you need. When you then add the mushrooms (along with onion and garlic) the mushrooms introduce more moisture. The only thing I did change was at 250 degrees for 45 minutes I found I wanted more cooking time, so I increased the temperature to 350 and baked them for an additional 20 minutes. I highly recommend this recipe and if you follow the recipe as-is they should turn out perfectly.
Will the recipe still work without the mushrooms or is there a good substitute?
I too am looking for advice on what to substitute for the mushrooms, as I don’t tolerate them well. I haven’t made this recipe yet, but I’m thinking of trying a combination of finely chopped zucchini and walnuts (1/2 cup of each) in place of the mushrooms. Walnuts are great in other veggie meatball recipes, adding yummy protein and fat (including Omega-3); they can go in at the end, no need to cook them. I decided on zucchini as well for some neutral tasting vegetable bulk, but it is very nutritious as well. Depending on your tastes, I’m sure other veggies could be used – cauliflower has a meaty texture; carrots and red cabbage would be really pretty, if not meat-like. But who says this has to be brown? 😉
I saw some people asking about what to sub for wheat flour to make it gluten free – GF oat flour would work great, or brown rice flour. You’re just making the mixture less sticky so it’s easier to work with.
What gluten free flour can you use?
I would use gluten free oatmeal in place of wheat flour
The flour is used to hold the lentils together. So badically you could use ground flax or chia instead. Those work wonders for anyone not wanting to use flour as a binder
I’m allergic to mushrooms, what can I use instead?
I would think some cooked brown rice would work in place of the mushrooms. I’d try 3/4 of a cup or six ounces. It would add the bulk, absorb the flavor and be sticky.
These meatballs were not worth all of the effort. If the result had been amazingly delicious then I wouldn’t mind all the work, but these are certainly NOT worth my time.
This recipe is so good and it’s even husband-approved! 😉
Made these meatballs today- yummy!
I really like these lentil balls. Mostly because they really do freeze well and so make a tasty quick meal. I didn’t cook the lentils quite long enough so I imagine they will be even better next batch.
Not sure what I did wrong, but I only got 15 vs the 20 listed in the recipe. That’s totally OK though. They tasted great. It does take some time to make them, but I think it was worth the effort since I can freeze them for future use. Definitely recommend and I would make them again.
Wonderful meat ball recipe .I added red pepper flakes to recipe for spicer meatballs . They also freeze well.
What amount of red pepper flakes did you add? Thanks!
One cup of water to 1 cup of dry lentils???
Is 250 really the correct temperature?
You can make this even healthier by spiralizing zucchini for your noodles.
Can I sub Gluten free oat flour or almond flour to make them GF?
I haven’t made this yet, what can I sub the mushrooms for? I’m allergic to mushrooms so I need an alternative
Made this last night. It came out to 25 meatballs but maybe my measurements were slightly off. I loved this and so did my picky Italian husband! :-D. It does take some time, but I find joy in preparing meals w/ plants. Will make again. Thank you!
Yum!! Worth the effort. Freeze some for later.
I need to be patient and not take the lentil mixture off the burner too soon next time. The “meat” balls were delicious in spite of me! Not hard to make, but it does take some time. And patience 😉