Golden brown potato patties, when bitten into, reveal a delicious and textural mix of mushroom and lentils, and they are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the taste buds. With a good amount of wholesome carbs, and the protein duo of potatoes and lentils, these are ready to fuel you for any meal of the day, and as on-the-go bites. This recipe is reprinted with permission from Power Vegan Meals by Maya Sozer, Page Street Publishing Co. 2017.

Lentil-Stuffed Potato Cakes [Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free]

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For the Cakes:

  • 10 medium gold potatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt
  • 1 cup potato starch, plus more for dusting

For the Stuffing:

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4-ounces shiitake mushrooms
  • 3/4 cup dried green lentils (preferably French lentils), cooked
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Coconut oil for panfrying


  1. In a large pot, combine the potatoes, the bay leaf, some salt, and 7 cups of water and boil until the potatoes are tender. Check them with a fork to make sure they are soft inside. When done, rinse the potatoes under cold water; the skins should peel off easily. Mash the potatoes until smooth, add the potato starch, and stir to form a dough. If the dough feels too sticky to shape, add more potato starch.
  2. To prepare the stuffing, heat the olive oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, stir and cook for 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook for another 5 minutes. Finally, add the lentils, and salt, and pepper to taste and cook for 2 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  3. To form the cakes, take about 3 tablespoons of the dough in your hand and press it into your palm. Place a spoonful of stuffing over the dough, close it by folding it over, and shape it into a round disk.
  4. Heat a thin layer of coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat and cook the potato cakes on both sides until they develop a golden-brown crust, about 4 minutes per side.


This recipe is reprinted with permission from Power Vegan Meals by Maya Sozer, Page Street Publishing Co. 2017. Photos by Maya Sozer.


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  1. Made this today, was super excited but am now very disappointed. the dough is soo dry, I would have had a better chance of actually making something with it without the starch as it is impossible to work with. a waste of ingredients :(