Monday, December 28, 2020

Red Lentil Flatbreads Are Delicious and Easy

                 Fritters, Village Pancakes

Got Red Lentils? 

These tasty flatbreads were made from just 2 ingredients: 
red lentils and water (and seasoning). Yes red lentils!! It's hard to believe that just two simple ingredients yield such a tasty flatbread that doesn't really taste anything like lentils

Bread, Tasty, Yellow, Food, Asian
Gluten-Free, Vegan, Healthy, and Easy
These easy to make flatbreads are a dream come true for anyone who is gluten-free or anyone who just wants to cut back on grains. They are high in protein, low in fat, and lend themselves to sweet or savory  toppings. I ate some today with a delicious cilantro hummus from Trader Joe's and yesterday with a little jam.

Lentils, Red, Split, Dried, Legume

Spice Them Up
The batter can be made plain or spiced up with all kinds of interesting herbs such as za'atar, herbs de Provence, cumin, salt,  cinnamon, turmeric, freshly cracked pepper etc. 

Tortilla Sandwich, Sandwich

My good friend Vicki has been telling me about these red lentil flatbreads for quite a while. I finally got around to making them, and I'm just sorry I didn't try them sooner. We really enjoyed them and they can be made so quickly.

I simply soaked 1 cup of red lentils in water for 3-5 hours. I then drained the lentils, added 1 cup of fresh water and put them in the blender to make a pancake type batter. I then cooked them in a skillet and enjoyed these wonderful flat breads in a variety of ways. However, you don't have to cook these in a skillet. See bottom of post for how to bake them in the oven and then cut them into strips. 

Indian Food, Thali, Vegetarian Food 

The trick is to make sure that the skillet is hot. If you have a non- stick skillet, it will work great! Otherwise, spray a skillet with a little oil and be sure it doesn't burn. If you can make pancakes, you can make them flatbreads. 

Freezer: These flatbreads can also be frozen and taken out as needed. 

1 cup of red lentils, washed and soaked in 2 cups of water for 3-5 hours, and then drained
1 cup of fresh water (start with a 1/2)
Optional: salt, pepper, turmeric, spices of choice

Place drained red lentils and water into a blender. Blend until creamy. Use as a pancake type batter and pour a 1/2 cup of batter into a hot skillet ( that is either non-stick or sprayed with a little oil). Cook on one side until it begins to bubble and then flip and cook until dry. Remove from heat and stack on a dish. 

OR Bake It
If you do not want to make these in a skillet, you can spread the batter on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake ti at 400 for 10-15 minutes. 

My Notes: 
The reason beans and lentils are more digestible after they have been soaked is because lentils are beans are able to release indigestible sugars into the soaking water that may cause gas. Therefore I discard this soaked water and add fresh water. 


  1. The less ingredients, the better. These naturally gluten free flatbread are absolutely irresistible.

    1. Thanks Angie. I was surprised how tasty these easy to make flatbreads tasted. I liked mine with spices all over them.

  2. Wow, i have never thought of making flatbreads/pancakes from red lentils. I am so going to make these, esp. the simplicity of the recipe too. I like that they are so versatile too.

    1. Yes, it was my first time making them and I was delighted with the outcome. Perfect for anyone gluten free or just wanting a healthy high protein wrap.

  3. Sounds wonderful. What are those things you show in the picture to dip the flatbreads in? Would love to know. Have a good day and stay safe and well.

    1. Hi Nancy,
      The little dishes of dips are Indian dips and sauces.

  4. That really is so fun how the flavor of the lentils is completely transformed with this easy recipe. Your flatbread looks so totally scrumptious!!

    1. This is especially exciting for anyone who is gluten free! They really are delicious.

  5. Yes Judee, I do have red lentils and I love making lentil crepes, pancakes and flatbread. Yours look wonderful. Lovely spread with the flat breads.

  6. I did not know any of this, so thank you! I had no idea you could make lentils into a flatbread, and didn't think about freezing flatbreads!

  7. The look amazing! I love that they an be frozen.

  8. Do they rise at all? The flatbread/pancake recipes I use mostly have some kind of leavening, and there are bubbles on the raw side while the down-side is cooking on the frying pan. Very interesting recipe!

    have a much better year in 2021 than we all did in 2020. Be safe and healthy!

    best... mae at

  9. This is amazing! I am going to try this.

  10. Judee, your red lentil flatbreads look delicious. I love that they are suitable for sweet or savoury toppings - and even better, that they can be frozen! I was interested to read about the soaking too. Thank you for sharing and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Community. A healthy, happy new year to you and yours!

  11. Wow, this sounds so simple and I am sure delicious as well as nutritious :)

  12. Happy New Year!....I love red lentil flatbread since I discover them....great synchronicity....I'm posting this week that recipe.......Abrazotes, Marcela

  13. These look fabulous and so easy to make. I'm on a flatbread binge right now, so these are definitely some to try. Thanks!

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  15. Just made them. So dang good. Such a welcome treat as I begin my vegan experiment.


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