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Vospov Kofte – Red Lentil Patties

This is a traditional armenian dish that will surely gather all the family around the table. So flavorful and healthy usually these patties are served with a salad (recipe below) , fries and pickles.

Dig in and enjoy!!


  • 2 cups red lentils, cleaned and washed
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 ½ cup fine bulgur, washed till water runs clear
  • 2 big onions, very finely chopped
  • 1 heaped tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper paste, optional
  • Olive oil or vegetable oil as needed


  • Place the washed lentils in a deep pan and add the water. Season with salt and let it come to a boil. Reduce heat and, skimming white foam from water, let them cook  for about 30 to 40 minutes until smoochy.
  • Turn off the heat and add the bulgur. Give it a good stir,  cover pan and let sit till lukewarm and bulgur has absorbed all the remaining water.
  • In the meantime fry the onions until just about golden. Add them all to the lentils mixture. Add cumin, paprika and pepper paste (if using) and stir all very well.
  • Let stand till cold.
  • Transfer lentils mixture to a large tray and start working the mixture with your hands till everything is well incorporated and smooth.
  • Start dipping hand into cool water and take small bite size pieces and squeeze with your fingers to make the patties.
  • Arrange on a serving platter. If not doing the salad I like to sprinkle them with a bit of very finely chopped parsley and green onions.

The salad for these patties is without any lemon or oil. Its purpose is for dipping the patties in.

For Salad:

  •  2 Ripe tomatoes, very finely chopped
  • 1 cup parsley, very finely chopped
  • 4 green onions, very finely chopped
  • A handful of fresh mint leaves, very finely chopped
  • Salt to taste.
  • Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix .

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