This red lentil flatbread recipe is easy to make and doesn’t take more than 15 minutes. They only need 8 ingredients. They are packed with plant-based protein and minerals, gluten-free, and pair with any curry, dip, or condiment.

 

Red lentil flatbread is a delicious, gluten-free alternative to traditional bread. Packed with protein and fiber, this bread is easy to make and can be served with a variety of toppings to suit your taste. Whether looking for a quick and healthy lunch or a light dinner, red lentil flatbread is a great option.

To make this bread, you will need red lentils, water, salt, and any herbs or spices you like. The lentils are washed, then blended into a smooth batter. The batter is then spread into a thin layer on a pan and cooked until crispy.

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What’s So Good About Them?

Well, let’s see… These lentil flatbreads are not only vegan, but they are also:

  • Flatbread made from lentils is inexpensive, nut-free, and simple to prepare. All you need is a high-speed blender, a baking sheet, or a non-stick pan.
  • Most gluten-free bread has a lot of ingredients and takes a long time to make. Not in this lentil flatbread that is vegan. Just a few minutes of preparation time are required (can be done overnight as well).
  • These flatbreads can be made in the oven or on the griddle in about 10 minutes. To speed things up even more, you could prepare several of these on a large griddle at once.
  • Use them as pizza, bread, or as a wrap. You will think of pancakes when you first start making these lentil flatbreads. However, they do not rise and have a texture more similar to naan. They can be used as a crunchy flatbread or pizza after being toasted.

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Ingredients For Red Lentil Flatbread

  • Red lentils: Most grocery shops sell red split lentils. Lentils are de-skinned and split. As a result, the lentils cook more rapidly.
  • Water: Water is used to help make the lentil flatbread dough.
  • Salt: A small amount of salt ensures that these are not tasteless.
  • Cumin: Though it is optional but it adds a touch of warmth and earthiness.
  • Smoked paprika: Paprika has a sweet and spicy flavor. It’s a great way to add some smokiness and heat to your dishes.
  • Garlic powder (optional): Garlic powder gives the dish a richer flavor.
  • Onions: The flavor of onion is slightly sweet but savory. Any kind will work.
  • Tomatoes: They not just add flavor but also give a prominent bright red color to the dish.
  • Spinach: Spinach is loaded with nutrients, such as vitamin K, which promotes healthy bones, and vitamins A and C which boost the immune system and maintain healthy skin.
  • Olive oil: To help soften and tenderize the flatbread. However, you can use your favorite or available one.

How To Make Red Lentil Flatbread?

  1. Rinse the lentils thoroughly with cold water.
  2. Drain the lentils and add them to a blender with 2 cups of water and blend.
  3. Blend the ingredients until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  4. Now add all the spices to the mixture.
  5. Pour out the mixture with a ladle on a hot greased pan.
  6. Top it off with all the mixed chopped veggies.
  7. Flip and cook until slightly crispy and golden.
  8. Serve with your favorite dips, such as hummus, fresh herbs, sliced vegetables, and vegan yogurt with a drizzle of olive oil.

Serving Ideas

The best way to enjoy these flatbreads is right after it has been cooked, but they can be reheated in a skillet or toaster.

We enjoy them most when paired with a delicious veggie curry and some mango chutney.

Storage Suggestions

Make in advance:  You can make the batter up to two days ahead of time and store it in the fridge, covered. Before making the flatbread, you may need to add additional liquid or pulse the mixture in the blender again.

You could also soak the lentils for as long as 48 hours. To prevent fermentation, they should be kept in the refrigerator for no more than four days.

Storage: After the cooked lentil flatbreads have cooled, keep any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to three days in an airtight container. To prevent sticking, I suggest placing parchment paper in between the flatbread.

Freeze: Use parchment paper to stack the flatbread and store them in a Ziplock for three to four months.

Reheat: You can either reheat a flatbread on the stovetop or in the microwave. You could also warm a stack by putting it under foil and putting it in a 400F/205C oven for 8–10 minutes.

Recipe Notes And Tips

  • Adjust the size: Depending on the desired size of the bread, adjust the quantity of batter added to the pan.
  • Adjust the water content: Because the batter gets thicker as it rests, you may need to add more liquid.
  • Use a non-stick pan; a cast-iron pan that has been well-seasoned may also work. If you don’t have a nonstick pan, you should be able to make this flatbread in any pan. This will help you use less oil and keep the flatbread from sticking.

What Can I Add To Lentil Flatbread For More Flavor?

Other spices will also work, like turmeric, chili powder, cayenne powder, garam masala, cumin, black pepper, curry powder, etc.

Herbs: Several herbs, such as dried oregano or thyme, go well with lentils. Fresh herbs like mint, cilantro, and parsley would also be effective.

Sweetener: If you want to use this flatbread with sweet fillings or toppings, you can add a small quantity of sweetener (refined, unrefined, or a sugar substitute) to the batter. Just keep in mind that sugars will increase the danger of burning and browning.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s The Texture Like?

The flatbreads made with red lentils have a texture that is somewhere between a hard pancake and naan bread. When they are fresh, the crust is faintly crispy.

The most crucial step in making these flatbreads is blending thoroughly to completely break down the lentils. If your blender isn’t very strong and doesn’t mix the lentils the first time, let the mixture soak for another 15 minutes and blend again.

The final batter should be smooth to mix with, thick enough to retain its form, and fluid enough to pour.

Can I Use Canned Lentils?

No, this flatbread recipe uses dried red lentils. Cooked lentils won’t make it work.

Is Red Lentil Flatbreads Healthy?

Yes! But why? These lentil flatbreads are a good source of fiber 8 grams, protein 7 grams, and several important micronutrients like iron. They are also satisfying, so you will feel full for a longer time.

These lentil tortillas are far superior to normal flour tortillas in terms of both micro and macronutrient content (as well as the absence of “empty calories”).

Can I Use A Food Processor?

To produce a smooth batter, this method works best when used with a high-speed blender. Unfortunately, I don’t believe a food blender can make a smooth batter.

Can I Use Brown Lentils?

Yes, I’ve given it a shot! Brown lentils, on the other hand, only require 100 grams (with the same quantity of water) and a 10-hour soaking time.

What Are The Health Benefits Of Red Lentils?

Some of the major potential health advantages of regularly eating lentils

  • Healthy heart
  • Diabetes control
  • Improved digestion
  • Muscle generation

Can You Make These Into Larger Flatbread Or Pizza Crust?

Yes! On a baking pan, spread parchment paper and generously spray with avocado or olive oil. Making an oval, circular, or square shape on the parchment paper, spread the batter until it is 1/4 inch thick and equally distributed. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in a 425°F oven.

Do You Have To Cook These Over Low Heat?

Yes! If you cook the batter at a temperature that is too high, it will burn before it is fully cooked. You need to completely cook these lentils because they haven’t been cooked yet. The raw batter shouldn’t be eaten.

Do You Have To Wash The Lentils?

Actually, no. However, after washing the lentils, I find that the flatbread is very simple to digest. Furthermore, you never know what’s on the lentils. (They grow in soil and often can have debris on them). This is why I advise washing them before soaking.

Do You Have To Soak The Lentils?

This depends on your blender’s strength and the sharpness of its blades. You could combine the lentils and water right away, but if the batter still appears gritty or has chunks in it after the recommended 5-minute rest, you should blend it again until it is smooth.

The Wrap-Up!

Red lentil flatbread is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It’s a great way to add more protein and fiber to your diet while still enjoying delicious, flavorful food. Give it a try and enjoy the benefits of this nutritious bread!

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Red Lentil Flatbread

This red lentil flatbread recipe is easy to make and doesn’t take more than 15 minutes. They only need 8 ingredients. They are packed with plant-based protein and minerals, gluten-free, and pair with any curry, dip, or condiment.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Red lentil flatbread
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 133kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of red lentils
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of cumin optional
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder optional
  • Topping
  • 2 tbsp onions chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 cup spinach chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil for frying

Instructions

  • Rinse the lentils thoroughly with cold water.
  • Drain them and add to a blender with 2 cups of water, then blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Add all the spices to the mixture.
  • Heat skillet over medium-high heat, and brush with oil.
  • Pour it out onto a hot greased pan using a ladle, then top with the mixed chopped veggies.
  • Cook flatbread for about 2-3 minutes on one side.
  • Flip and cook until slightly crispy and golden.
  • Serve with your favorite dips, such as hummus, fresh herbs, sliced vegetables, or vegan yogurt with a drizzle of olive oil.

Nutrition

Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 210mg | Potassium: 331mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 338IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 3mg