- Total recipe cost | R93.00
- Servings | 12
- Portion cost | R7.75
These Swedish Vegan Balls take some effort to make, following the steps to create a flavour similar to Swedish meatballs. But it’s worth it.
Make the lentil balls and vegan cream sauce alongside some pasta or mashed potatoes for a super filling meal. Or serve with chutney for a snack with a South African twist.
Keep in mind that you’ll need to double the sauce recipe if you plan to serve all your Swedish Vegan Balls at once.
If you believe it’s taking forever | Listen, this vegan lentil balls recipe takes time. You can rush it, but you’re not going to get the same results. The good news is that this makes a lot of lentil balls.
If your lentil mix is too wet | Perhaps the most important element is to make sure the lentil mixture is sticky, not mushy. If you get all the way to the rolling step to find the mix isn’t holding together, dump the whole thing into a pot over medium heat and allow the excess moisture to steam off. You’ll need to keep stirring to ensure the bottom doesn’t burn.
If your lentil mix is too dry | A splash of soy milk will loosen your Swedish vegan meatball mixture quickly.
I strongly recommend this beef-flavoured vegan stock, found at most of the large grocers in South Africa. It really does offer a meaty flavour without the cruelty. And, it doesn’t break the budget.
Nobody is paying me to say that; it’s just the straight-up truth.
How to make vegan lentil balls even cheaper
- Use dried black beans rather than canned. This is especially helpful if you have black beans planned for another meal during the week. Cooking and freezing dried beans is another option.
- Make your own plant-based milk. Both oat and almond milk are fairly easy to make – and worth the effort if you want to eat plant-based on a budget.
- Check with your green grocer to see when mushrooms are at their cheapest.
- Keep a container of bread and cracker crumbs in the fridge, so you never need to blitz fresh bread for this (or any) recipe that calls for crumbs.
- Use whatever herbs or spices you already have on hand, in roughly the same quantities provided here.