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close up overhead view of vegan carrot fritters on a green plate with harissa yogurt sauce on the side.

Carrot Fritters

  • Author: Lexi
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


These carrot fritters are made with red lentils and quinoa and a spicy tahini harissa yogurt sauce for dipping. They're vegan, gluten free and SO delicious!


  • 1/4 cup dry quinoa (tricolor, red or white quinoa all work) 
  • 1/4 cup dry red lentils
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp ground flax meal + 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 cup finely diced yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 cups finely grated carrot
  • 2 tbsp harissa paste
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup gluten free all purpose flour (or regular AP flour)
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs (gluten free or regular)
  • 1 1/2 tsp fine grain kosher salt
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 3/4 tsp cumin
  • 3/4 tsp paprika

Tahini Harissa Yogurt Sauce:

  • 5 oz container of plain vegan yogurt
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1/2 tbsp harissa paste
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp coconut sugar 
  • 1/4 tsp cumin


  1. Cook quinoa and lentils in 1 cup of vegetable broth according to package directions. They cook at the same rate, so you can cook them together. 
  2. Stir together flax meal and water and let sit for 15 minutes. 
  3. Meanwhile, heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes. Add garlic and continue cooking until softened (2-3 minutes). 
  4. Grate carrots and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add in cooked quinoa/lentils, onion/garlic mixture, harissa paste, flax meal and lemon juice and stir well. 
  5. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, breadcrumbs, salt, sugar, cumin and paprika. Add to wet mixture and stir well to combine. (It's easiest to use your hands to make sure everything gets really well incorporated!) Let mixture sit for 20 minutes. 
  6. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat and a little olive oil. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to measure out the batter for each fritter. Flatten each patty using your hands and pan fry until crispy on both sides (4-5 minutes on each side). 
  7. While the fritters are cooking, whisk together all sauce ingredients until smooth. Serve fritters hot or cold with sauce. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean


  • Serving Size: 1 Fritter
  • Calories: 116
  • Sugar: 3.9 g
  • Sodium: 607.1 mg
  • Fat: 3.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 16.8 g
  • Fiber: 2.6 g
  • Protein: 3.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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