French Lentil Garlic Patties And I Won Best Australian Blog 2013.

by | May 2, 2013 | 54 comments


French Lentil Garlic Patties - Cook Republic


Yesterday was a crazy day. I got a phone call in the weekend. I had one hand wedged upto the elbow down a hole Nick had dug in our lawn. I was trying to break the rock we had hit to make the hole deeper. We were in the middle of moving our clothesline to a different part of the backyard so we could build our chickens a big fancy chicken run. With dirt on my nose and filthy hands, I nestled the phone between my ear and shoulder while Rose Powell from the Writer's Center Australia told me that I had won the Best Lifestyle Category on the Best Blogs Australia 2013 competition. I blubbered something unintelligible, I can't remember what and went back to digging my hole after a little chat with Rose.


French Lentil Garlic Patties - Cook Republic


The next day I was driving on my way to catch a train to college in the evening. I had a quiz, an open book quiz on Hazard & Safety (???*!!*) and I was trying to not think about it as the thump thump of Imagine Dragon's It's Time song filled my little car. My reverie was shattered by my phone ringing through the car's speakers (yep Bluetooth!). It was Rose again. "You've won it!" she said. "You are Best Australian Blog 2013, but you can't tell anyone yet! Only family" Oh Rose! So I told Nick and the boys and went about my business and then all hell broke loose yesterday at noon when the official press release went out and the announcements were made. I was interviewed on ABC radio. I was croaky (Gummi bear's observation). I was a little nervous because I said umm and aah a lot (Riv's brilliant deduction). I sounded sane though (Nick's final verdict). We celebrated with dinner at Blu Water Grill. I trended on Twitter (Sydney, Australia) for a bit which was a huge rush. I spent nearly 5 hours writing to all the lovely lovely people who took the time out to write to me and wish me. I am still catching up. I am truly humbled by all the love and support. I can't believe I am Best Australian Blog 2013. Yesterday was a crazy day!


French Lentil Garlic Patties


Now onto something I was doing before noon exploded yesterday. I was reading the Green Kitchen Stories cookbook (giveaway coming soon!) and sticking little post-its on the pages I wanted to cook from. Before long, the book had a colourful thicket of little stickie notes peeping up the top. When I went to look for ingredients in my pantry, I found that my recent hectic life and not enough trips to the shops had resulted in a pretty bare affair and I didn't have most of what I needed. So I improvised and went a little rogue drawing inspiration from one of the recipes. Within the hour I had a platter of beautiful lentil patties. 


French Lentil Patties - Cook Republic


Green Sauce - Cook Republic


These patties are vegetarian but have a very rich, meaty taste because of the use of French lentils (lentilles du Puy). French green lentils are dark speckled blue green, an almost charcoal like colour. They have a nutty flavour, cook faster than regular lentils and hold their shape when cooked making them ideal for salads and soups. Lentils pair beautifully with garlic and cumin both of which are in abundance in this recipe. A little potter around the garden with a cup of tea revealed that I had a lush supply of herbs and lemons. I made a green sauce to go with it. It has lemon balm, basil and coriander. It is fresh, healthy and vibrant. Make these, as they are truly delicious and very easy to make. I have listed some handy serving tips at the bottom of the recipe to get your creativity flowing.


Green Sauce - Cook Republic


Green Sauce - Cook Republic


French Lentil Garlic Patties - Cook Republic


Reading Resources

Writer's Center Competition Winners Announcement Page.

News article on Mumbrella about Best Australian Blogs 2013


French Lentils 


Green Sauce - Cook Republic








A savoury, earthy vegetarian recipe for patties made of dark French lentils, garlic, oat and spices makes for a great brunch or picnic dish. Served with a vibrant green sauce.

Makes - 12 to 14


for the lentil patties
1 cup French lentils (dry)
2 1/4 cups water
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 small red onion, chopped
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup rolled oats
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons tomato paste
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
oil for pan frying


for the green sauce
handful of lemon balm leaves
handful of basil leaves
handful of coriander leaves
juice of a quarter lemon
1/4 cup toasted peanuts, skin off
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon raw sugar
salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper



to make the patties

Place lentils with water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Cool till just warm. Drain water. Process coarsely in a processor/blender.

Place lentil mash in a large bowl. Add all the other ingredients for the patties. Mix well. Refrigerate for 30 minutes (optional if finding hard to roll mixture).

Shape mixture into thick patties. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large frying pan coating the surface evenly. Place 3 patties in the pan and cook on medium-high heat, turning gently with a butter knife ocassionally till cooked and golden on both sides. Repeat for remaining mixture and cook patties until golden (approximately 5 to 8 minutes for each batch).

Patties can be placed in a pre-heated, switched off oven to keep warm. To reheat, warm in the microwave or lightly on a pan. Patties can be stored in a container in the fridge for 4 to 5 days or frozen with sheets of baking paper between patties for upto a month.


to make green sauce

combine all ingredients for the sauce in a processor/blender and process until smooth and runny. Use as a dip for patties or a spread for sandwiches.


My Notes

These patties are a great meat-free option to stuff burgers for the vegetarians amongst us.

Serve these patties on a bed of green sauce, topped with toasted dry noodles and salad leaves.

Stuff these patties in a wrap with hummus, green sauce, tabouli and pomegranate.

Serve them topped with a simple pea curry and chopped onion.

Substitute French lentils for regular or red lentils.




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I love creating easy, vibrant, fresh, everyday recipes and taking gorgeous photos of the food I cook. I have been blogging for 15 years and I have also written a book with over 100 new recipes. If you make a recipe from the blog, Tag @cookrepublic on Instagram. I would love to see!


  1. Mel @ The cook's notebook

    Hi Sneh
    You might not believe it but I sure do - your blog is gorgeous and a very worthy winner.
    PS Those lentil patties look good, but that green sauce has me salivating!

  2. Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy

    Congratulations Sneh! So well deserved!
    In other news, these patties look divine and I just want to pour that green sauce all over everything!

  3. Rosa

    Lovely patties! They must taste extremely good. Perfect with that sauce.

    Congratulations on the award.



  4. Christie

    Massive congrats Sneh, you deserve it big time!!! X

  5. Miss Piggy

    Good on your Sneh - you totally 110% deserve it!

  6. Gaby

    Congratulations Sneh, you totally deserve it!

  7. Sylvia

    Congrats on the award, Sneh! You deserve it!

    As for the patties, those look yummy. I also often am in a position where half of my ingredients are missing. Actually it happened again yesterday. But it is a good thing though, I believe this is how we get more creative in the kitchen =)

  8. debra@dustjacket

    Great job Sneh...Congratulations!

  9. Eha

    Oh, Sneh! I could not be happier for you!! And you deserve all the bells and whistles . . . we love you and just keep on doing what you are doing so well; we would not be here otherwise 🙂 ! Oh, I sure shall make the patties - absolutely my kind of cooking . . . God bless and good luck for the next year1 And DO enjoy it!!!

  10. Chetana

    Congratulations!!! you deserve it very well... no second thoughts about it.
    These patties look good, have never used oats and lentil together...thats a clever one. Also liked the sauce, looks very tempting.

  11. ELizabeth Mars

    Congratulations on the award and another cracker of a vegetarian recipe. I love that you do so much elegant, innovative vegetarian food on your blog.

  12. thecitygourmand

    Congrats on the win! Well deserved

  13. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    Oh how wonderful!! I think it was a PERFECT decision!! What a wonderful thing to happen and deservedly so. Congratulations. I think I'll sneak one of these lentil patties while you're on the phone with your many well wishers. 🙂

  14. Ruggero

    Congratulations! Totally deserved! Plus awesome culinary tips! 🙂

  15. Belinda

    I read this just as I was searching for inspiration and they were absolutely delicious (except I used 2 tsp rather than Tbsp of cumin).

    Congratulations on the award!

  16. Valentina (Many Kitchens)

    Congratulations on the well deserved award! And agreement with all, these patties look amazing!

  17. Deepa@onesmallpot

    Oh my god this is huge!! And very well deserved! Congratulations Sneh, the blog is stunning and a huge inspiration and now you have this fabulous award!
    I will so be making these patties. Do you think they would work with brown lentils?

  18. thelittleloaf

    Hugest congratulations Sneh! Seriously well deserved 🙂

  19. Archana

    Wow, that is huge! Congratulations! Sneh..........Very well deserved :). These patties look gorgeous......beautiful shots!

  20. ami@naivecookcooks

    Sneh, you deserved it!!! So happy for you!

  21. jehanara

    Congratulations...You deserved the win. The blog is super delicious and the pictures are always divine.
    Best of luck for the future!
    Looking forward to more pictures and recipes!

  22. Rust

    Congratulations to you!!

  23. Willow

    Congratulations! Very much deserved, if you ask me. Heck, is there a best blogs of the world? You're in the tops, for sure! As for the lentil patties, they sound just awesome right now. Yum!

  24. knitnell

    Congratulations - well deserved. I always enjoy your blogs and love the photos.

  25. Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Congratulations on the award! These patties look wonderful, I love the green sauce you've paired them with!

  26. Colette | JFF!

    Congrats, Sneh!
    And, what a great idea for dinner tonight....

  27. nags

    been ages. the pictures in this post look phenomenal and congratulations on the well deserved win! 🙂

  28. Helen (Grab Your Fork)

    Congratulations on the win, Sneh! Very well deserved. You'll be a radio professional in no time 🙂

  29. Sabeen

    Congratulations Sneh on a very well deserved victory. Your blog is a true culinary delight in words and pictures 🙂

  30. Kankana

    Congrats Sneh 🙂 I make a similar patty with black eye peas but never added oats in that. And the sauce, loving it. So refreshing.


    What gorgeous pictures. I look forward to trying the recipe. Congratulations on a fabulous win. It is lovely to be rewarded so well for working hard

  32. Tia Stockton

    Congratulations! You deserve it!

  33. Joyti

    A well-deserved win! Your site and your work is gorgeous! Congratulations.

  34. Denise

    This is the best news I have heard all day. A well deserved congrats coming your way!!!!! And ... I am dying to make these patties. xo

  35. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    That's fantastic news! Congrats!!

  36. Emma Galloway

    That's such cool news Sney! Well done xx

  37. Brian @ A Thought For Food

    I'm totally not surprised that you won because you TOTALLY DESERVE IT! Seriously, you are amazing and it's been so wonderful watching you these last few years.

    Speaking of wonderful things... these lentil patties look delightful!

  38. Karen Hall

    Congratulations on your win - have only just discovered your blog and absolutely love it. I made the lentil and garlic patties last night (minus the green sauce, sadly) and they were lovely. Thanks so much.

  39. Martyna @ Wholesome Cook

    Hi Sneh - CONGRATS! It's a well deserved win, your food and stories are always magical and inspiring. Well done!

  40. Kathie Lynn

    Well done, Sneh. Andrew and I are very happy for you.

  41. All You Do Is Eat

    Congratulations!!!! Well deserved!!

  42. Lynda - TasteFood

    Congratulations! Your blog is beautiful - a well deserved win.

  43. Sue

    Hello Sneh, what serendipity. I went looking for best blogs and found exactly what I needed - a recipe for excess lemon balm growing mad in my garden and lentils. Looks like you've sorted my weekend recipes. Cheers Sue

  44. Travel Junkie Indonesia

    Congrats on the award, Sneh! You deserve it!

  45. Lemmie

    First congrats on your award, awesome! I made the lentil burgers for my foodie son and girlfriend who are now vegans, and the meal was voted as the best ever! This coming from a gourmet head was pretty cool, thanks for the recipe. Lemmie

  46. Lemmie

    I love your site, no wonder you are an award winner. The lentil burgers were a big hit with my son, who stated best vegetarian meal! Thanks for the inspiration. Lemmie

  47. Jenny

    I am sooooo curious if anyone has bbq these and how do they turn out?

  48. Andrew Edmondson

    I made the patties exactly according to the recipe apart from peanuts: I had to use cashews that I roasted. The sauce was awful but the patties were good according to the veggie I made the for. I'm not sure using peanuts would make much difference. I think the sauce was too fatty.

    • Sneh

      Cheers Andrew. Glad the patties were good for you. Actually peanuts would make a huge difference. This sauce is a take on the quintessential Indian chutney which has peanuts or roasted gram (hulled chickpeas) as its base. These nuts and legumes are known for keeping it light especially if you are using large handfuls of the greens to blend it. Cashew nut is richer, creamier in quality and taste than peanut and is often used as a cream substitute in vegan curries. If you found the sauce too fatty, do try it next time with toasted peanuts/no olive oil and half the quantity of water.x

  49. Carol

    Oh these look devine.
    Can you suggest a substitute for the oats as can not tolerate oats that are suppose to be gluten free.

    • snehroy

      Carol, I think cooked quinoa or smashed cooked chickpeas would work well instead of oats as they both have binding qualities. x

  50. Georgia

    Just made this for lunch. So good! I did use an egg to help everything bind together faster.

  51. Dr. Ben Green

    I saw this the other day and I just made it now, it tastes incredible! Thank you for the recipe Sneh! Looking forward to trying out your other recipes!

  52. Cikasur

    I think it was a PERFECT decision!!
    and great photo too


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