Created by Spinneys
Prep time 20 minutes
Soaking time Overnight
Cook time 50 minutes
Serves 4
Cuisine Arabic
Diet Vegetarian
Preparation Moderate
Nutrition (per serving)
Calories 608
Fat 47.7g
Saturates 24.5g
Protein 12.7g
Carbs 41g
Sugars 6.1g
Given the cook-at-home nature of Spinneys and natural variations in ingredients, nutritional information is approximated. See details

Cooking Instructions

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Soak the lentils overnight.


Place the lentils, quinoa, fennel, fenugreek, cumin, water and ½ teaspoon of salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Drain and set aside.


Peel and finely chop the garlic and ginger. Zest and juice the lime.


Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan then sauté the garlic and ginger until golden. Add the turmeric and black pepper. Sauté for 1 minute before adding the tomato paste, coconut milk, fenugreek leaves, lime zest and juice, honey, cayenne pepper and 2 teaspoons of salt. Set aside.


Preheat the oven to 220°C, gas mark 7. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.


To make the meatballs, place the tofu and 2 tablespoons oil in a food processor and blend until smooth. Place half the lentil-quinoa mixture in the food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped but not a paste. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the remaining mixture and a handful of chopped coriander. Season to taste. Roll into balls and place on the baking tray. Roast the meatballs for 20 minutes until golden.


Bring the sauce to a simmer then add the meatballs.


Serve sprinkled with extra coriander.