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Lentil and Jackfruit “Crab” Cakes

Jackfruit is a great vegetable that has similar fibres to chicken, so is often used as a substitute. The flavours are quite different and most importantly, they are not the best substitute as they have no protein. So, adding lentils to the jackfruit balances that and they add a moistness and butteriness to these cakes. These are a perfect with a little salad as a light meal.
  • 4serves
  • 5mins prep
  • 15mins cook
Jackfruit is a great vegetable that has similar fibres to chicken, so is often used as a substitute. The flavours are quite different and most importantly, they are not the best substitute as they have no protein. So, adding lentils to the jackfruit balances that and they add a moistness and butteriness to these cakes. These are a perfect with a little salad as a light meal.
Made with
Bengali Coconut Lentil Daal

Bengali Coconut Lentil Daal

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Ingredients

  • 1 pack of The Spice Tailor Bengali Coconut Lentil Daal (not vegan, has cream)
  • 150g tender jackfruit (canned in water or salted water), drain and broken up into large pieces
  • 3 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 red pepper, finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp. finely chopped red onion
  • ½ tsp. cumin powder
  • Small fistful of chopped parsley or coriander
  • 60g dried breadcrumbs, plus extra to coat
  • Salt to taste and ¼ tsp. of black pepper, or to taste
  • Oil to fry

Tartare sauce

  • 4 tbsp. finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tbsp. capers
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped gherkins
  • 3 tbsp. mayonnaise or crème fraiche
  • 3-4 tsp. lemon juice - or to taste
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Method

  1. Shred the jackfruit pieces with two forks.
  2. If you have time, spread the jackfruit out on a baking tray and bake at 200°C for 30 minutes to dry out and add some extra texture. If you don’t have time, you might need to add a little more breadcrumb.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix the lentils, the jackfruit (whether you have dried it out or not), the bread crumbs, mustard, mayonnaise, peppers, onions, herbs, seasoning and cumin. Leave for a few minutes to allow the crumbs to help it bind together.
  4. Fry off a little bit to taste the seasoning. Adjust as necessary. Add in some extra breadcrumbs for firmer cakes.
  5. Form into smaller or larger cakes. Place the extra crumbs on a plate and place the cakes on top, and coat well on both sides, pressing down lightly to help them stick. Set aside.
  6. Heat up a good splash of oil in the pan. Add the cakes and cook on a low flame until golden on both sides (you might need to do this in batches or two pans).
  7. Stir together all the ingredients for the tartare. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  8. Serve the cakes hot with the tartare sauce and a salad as a meal, or with a little tartare sauce on top as an appetiser.

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