Bring 8oz green (continental) lentils to the boil in enough water to cover, with a stock cube if desired. Cook for 30mins.

Meanwhile, finely chop one onion, one carrot and a stick of celery (I use a food processor) and soften in 1 tablespoon oil. Add 1 teaspoon each of ground cumin and corainder, and a crushed garlic clove. Cook for a further minute. Turn off heat and allow to cool.

Crumb 3 slices of bread (wholemeal or white or both!).

Beat one egg.

Chop a large handful of fresh parsley.

Mash the lentils and combine all the ingredients. Shape into small balls , roll in seasoned flour and flatten slightly, then gently fry in oil until golden brown on the outside.

Serve with chips or jacket potato and salad. Makes 18-20 small burgers. You could, of course, make them sausage shaped!

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