Protein Power Lentils and Amaranth Patties

Protein-Rich Lentil Amaranth Patties Chiftelute de amaranth linte rosie recipe

These amaranth patties are healthy, easy to make and delicious! You’ll love this vegan amaranth recipe with a crispy texture and perfect blend of flavors! They’re rich in proteins too!

I don’t know if you remember, but a few weeks ago I posted a photo on Facebook with my white beans and amaranth patties ready to go into the oven. I also promised you the recipe. Well, I won’t be able to show you the final photos because I was clumsy as usual. I took the tray out of the oven and I didn’t grab it right. I burned myself and all the patties fell on the floor. What a mess! They were not even ready yet! I barely managed to save 3 or 4 amaranth patties. I was so hungry I ate them all right away.

I liked amaranth so much that I decided to give it another try. This time, I combined it with red lentils and the result was this delicious, vegan amaranth patties recipe! This is a protein-rich vegan recipe, both amaranth and lentils being very high in proteins and other essential nutrients. So if you’re looking to cook a protein-rich meal, this is one recipe you should consider saving.

In case you haven’t heard about amaranth or didn’t cook/ate it so far, here’s something you should know about this amazing cereal.

Protein-Rich Lentil Amaranth Patties


Amaranth is an over 8000 years old gluten-free cereal. In Ancient Greece it was considered a sacred plant and a symbol of eternal youth. Starting with the ’70s, its amazing health benefits have been rediscovered.

Amaranth can be named a super-cereal, as it is very rich in nutrients. It’s also known for its high concentration of proteins, vitamins, essential amino acids and minerals.

Amaranth also lowers cholesterol levels and has amazing anti-cancer properties.

Protein-Rich Lentil Amaranth Patties vegan

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Protein Power Lentils and Amaranth Patties
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These lentils and amaranth patties are healthy, easy to make, vegan and delicious!
Serves: 15+ amaranth patties
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • ½ cup amaranth
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsps psyllium husks (or one large egg)
  • 4 Tbsps nutritional yeast
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs (GF)
  • some sliced black olives (optional, but recommended)
  • salt and ground pepper, to taste
  • some oil
  1. Add red lentils and amaranth in a pot. Cover with water and boil for 15 minutes. Strain them.
  2. Put them in a large bowl and blend in all the other ingredients, except oil. If the composition is too moist, add more breadcrumbs. The patties should be easy to form.
  3. Heat some oil in a non-stick frying pan.
  4. Make the patties – 1 Tbsps per patty.
  5. Fry them 2 minutes on each side.
  6. Put the amaranth patties on a plate covered with a paper towel, in order to absorb all excess oil.

Protein-Rich Lentil Amaranth Patties recipe

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49 Comments on “Protein Power Lentils and Amaranth Patties”

  1. Hi,

    Thanks for the recipe, looks great. Can I use sprouted lentils instead since I can’t tolerate legumes/lentils otherwise?


  2. Hi… I try to cook my toddler clean, healthy foods. Vegan was not a concern for me. Hence, I used two medium organic eggs instead of husks, 1/4 cup of shredded cheese instead of nut. yeast. As mentioned sliced black olives are a very important, tasty addition (I added 1/4 cup). It took 1/2 cup of wholewheat bread crumbs to reach a good consistency. Instead of frying in a pan, I used the snacking tray of T-fal Actifry and the patties tasted like fried in 20min. and no oil was needed. My toddler loved them. I’ll make over and over again. They taste amazing!!!

  3. Try adding popped amaranth or coconut flour instead of breadcrumbs. It works like a magnet to keep the stuff together and your recipe become gluten-proof.

  4. Amazingly delicious!! I couldn’t find amaranth in the store, so I substituted it for multi color quinoa instead. Also, my boyfriend is allergic to egg so I used ground up chia seeds with a little bit of water to make the paste instead of the egg. It turned out tasting like onions rings! Yum. I might diced Green onion next time instead of the parsley, just to mix it up!

  5. I’m a rubbish cook – haven’t the time or inclination – can’t I just buy ready made hi-protein legume patties somewhere?

    1. These are SO easy to make and a lot cheaper and tastier than any store-bought patties. Give them a try. Watch my chickpea patties video on the homepage so you can see exactly how it’s made. It’s the same technique for all the veggie patties on my blog.

  6. I needed to add more breadcrumbs. Also, I processed everything excep the lentils, amaranth, and breadcrumbs including some garlic cloves and half a Serrano. Scrumptious!

  7. Hi – do you have a substitute for the nutritional yeast? Doesn’t have to be vegan. Thanks

    1. Just skip it. 🙂 Nutritional yeast adds a cheesy flavor. If you want to make these patties without psyllium husks and nutritional yeast, just replace them with one beaten egg.

  8. I am new to vegan cooking and these were pretty good. I thought these tasted much better with about two teaspoons of crushed garlic and about a teaspoon of salt. Also, maybe my onion was too big, but I think half an onion would be enough.

  9. Made these for dinner today, they came out perfect! Swapped out the breadcrumbs for quick-cooking oats. Very awesome recipe, tasty and simple to prepare.

  10. They look really good. I will try them this weekend. 🙂 Have you tried freezing them? Since I’m making them only for two 15+ patties are probably a little too much.

    1. Glad you like them, Mona! 🙂 Sure, you can freeze them. I usually cook them and then freeze them and when I want to make some again I just let them thaw a bit and then grill them.

  11. Looks great but mine fell apart when trying to fry them
    I added some flax to help bind but now thinking of baking it instead like a casserole
    Also I added some garlic and a little hot pepper and cumin
    We ate the Stirfry version ( since that’s how it came out) really quite good!

    1. Did you drain the lentils very well? This is very important. If the lentils are not drained properly and then mashed a little with a fork, you’ll have to add more breadcrumbs, flour or even flax seeds to make the patties stick together.

  12. So creative! I’ve seen chickpea / quinoa patties but never lentils. But it’s smart because they can also be used as a binding agent! Great idea 🙂

  13. Did a bit differently. Cooked it with garlic, Worcester sauce, cumin and salt. Added sweet corn, red bell pepper, some cumin again, cayenne pepper, Lemmon zest and used green olives instead of black. Before rolling the patties, added a bit more amaranth to get more crunch to the bite. I also didn’t make it with white potatoes but with sweet potatoes. Tasted great!

  14. These look delicious! I’m making them tonight!
    Are your lentils pre-cooked? (I have a bog of uncooked red lentils but I always fail to make them into somthing yummy :()

    1. Thanks! Glad you like them! 🙂 I always use uncooked red lentils. They’re ready really fast. In 15 minutes they are already boiled.

      1. Thank you for the swift reply! As I live in The Netherlands, it’s exactly in time for dinnertime! 😀

  15. This looks delicious and I can imagine them being just as yummy cold with a dip. Gonna try them out for a Yule buffet. Just as a side note amaranth is also another source of calcium. It seems unless were peddling dairy (which as humans we can’t access the calcium anyway as we’re the wrong species for it) then no-one is willing to state the goodness of the foods which we could be eating for the digestible calcium we humans need. Greens being a prime example along with chia and here amaranth.

    1. It is really good cold too! All veggie patties are 😀 Yes, amaranth is truly amazing. Too bad I don’t use it that often, don’t know why. Maybe I’m not used to it, but I will try to cook with it more. 🙂

  16. These look yummy! Do you blend them with an actual blender or just mix it together with a spoon. Also, do you eat these like a burger or just as-is? Thanks!

    1. Thanks Ann! 🙂 You can either mash them with a fork or blend them with a spoon. They’re so versatile and you can eat them in many ways. I ususally make burgers or serve them with mashed potatoes and a salad. 🙂 Hope you’ll like them!:D

    1. I never soaked it before but I think it can’t do any harm. So if you want you can soak it before using it 🙂

  17. These look delicious. I’ve yet to eperiment with amaranth but this looks like a good way to start!

    1. Thanks Jo! Amaranth is great! I wish I had discovered it sooner 🙂 I also found some delicious desserts recipes using amaranth. Will try them soon 😉

  18. Rux, cred ca ar trebui sa alegem varianta la cuptor, parerea mea este ca prajitul nu face bine.
    Gata, am renuntat la carne, mai ramane sa vad ce fac cu pestele, ca-mi place enorm 🙂

    1. Ai dreptate. Am pus ambele variante. Eu le prajesc in fff putin ulei doar atunci cand ma grabesc. Doar ung tigaia. Se fac in 10 minute toate, fata de jumatate de ora la cuptor.
      FELICITARI! Ce ma bucur sa aud asta! 😀 Asa am inceput si eu, cu o dieta mediteraneana. O sa vezi ca treptat o sa raresti si pestele. O sa vina de la sine. Trebuie sa gasesti un echilibru, cum te simti tu mai bine 🙂 Abia astept sa imi spui cat de bine te simti si sa te intrebi oare de ce nu ai facut schimbarea asta mai devreme :)) 😀 Te pup! :*

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