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Vegan Keema Naan with Keema Lentils, onion, carrots and walnuts. This lentil mix with the herbs and spices make a vegan version of keema. Serve over Naan bread or Pizza or fill tacos or wraps. Vegan Recipe, Can be gluten-free and soy free.  Jump to Recipe    

Vegan Keema Naan with Keema Lentils, onion, carrots and walnuts. These lentils with the herbs and spices make a vegan version of keema. Serve over Naan bread or Pizza or fill tacos or wraps. #Vegan #Recipe #veganricha, Can be gluten-free and soy free.  | VeganRicha,com

Keema means mince, usually used to refer to meat. Keema as an Indian dish is well spiced, sometimes cooked with a bit of onion tomato or onion sauce, is served as a main with a side of veggies/some curry and some flatbread or rice, or served as a snack. To make a vegan version I use lentils, carrots and walnuts to add the earthy flavor, texture, and spices and sage for flavor. If you add bit of broth and tomatoes to it, the mix would be like thick chili with amazing flavor from the spices/herbse 

It doesnt really matter whether this has to stand in for a non vegan keema, because the mix of the ingredients and flavors is so amazingly tasty. Call it whatever you like – Some Fabulous Lentil walnut Mix!. Use the filling as you like, in tacos, wraps, bowls, or just serve with Naan/flatbread and some curry, or as in this post, baked over Naan or Pizza with some vegan mozz. So Good!

Vegan Keema Naan with Keema Lentils, onion, carrots and walnuts. These lentils with the herbs and spices make a vegan version of keema. Serve over Naan bread or Pizza or fill tacos or wraps. #Vegan #Recipe #veganricha, Can be gluten-free and soy free.  | VeganRicha,com

These Keema Lentils are Delicious,
full of flavor, protein (22 Gms!( some of it is from the flour, so the base used will change the number),
come together quickly,
and flexible to additions and use.

The combination of baharat and garam masala adds amazing flavor. If you can find baharat, so use it, else make your own from my Book! it takes 5 mins.. If you make these, do let me know how you served them!

Vegan Keema Lentil Taco #vegantaco #veganricha #keemalentils | VeganRicha.com

More Indian Vegan Mains to try –

Vegan Keema Naan with Keema Lentils, onion, carrots and walnuts. These lentils with the herbs and spices make a vegan version of keema. Serve over Naan bread or Pizza or fill tacos or wraps. #Vegan #Recipe #veganricha, Can be gluten-free and soy free.  | VeganRicha,com

Vegan Keema Naan with Keema Lentils, onion, carrots and walnuts. These lentils with the herbs and spices make a vegan version of keema. Serve over Naan bread or Pizza or fill tacos or wraps. #Vegan #Recipe #veganricha, Can be gluten-free and soy free.  | VeganRicha,com

Vegan Keema Naan with Keema Lentils, Carrots, Walnuts

5 from 12 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 3
Course: Main
Cuisine: Indian Fusion, Vegan
Vegan Keema Naan with Keema Lentils, onion, carrots and walnuts. These lentils with the herbs and spices make a vegan version of keema. Serve over Naan bread or Pizza or fill tacos or wraps. Vegan Recipe, Can be gluten-free and soy free. 
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Ingredients 
 

Keema:

  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/2 medium onion , , chopped see step 1
  • 5 cloves of garlic , chopped
  • 3/4 cup walnuts , chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup peas
  • 3/4 to 1 tsp sage
  • 3/4 tsp garam masala , , (or 1/2 tsp garam masala and 1/4 tsp baharat (from Everyday Kitchen Book) for even more flavor)
  • a generous dash each of cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1.5 cups cooked lentils, , I use brown lentils
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste divided
  • 1 tsp soy sauce, use coconut aminos to make without soy
  • 1 to 2 tsp ketchup
  • 3 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • water

For the Pizza:

Instructions 

  • Process the onion and garlic in a food processor until finely chopped. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add chopped onion and garlic , a good pinch of salt, and cook for 4 minutes or until golden.
  • Process walnuts and carrots in the same food processor until a coarse meal. Add to the skillet and cook for 3 mins
  • Add peas, cooked lentils, spices, sauces, and mix well and cook for 2 minutes. Add cilantro and a good splash of water and mix in. Cook for another minute if using over pizza (keep the mix wet-ish), and another 2-3 minutes to dry out to used as taco filling. Taste and adjust salt, flavor.
  • Spread the lentil mixture over shaped Naan dough or pizza dough or premade naan. Add some thinly sliced veggies like tomato, onion, peppers or jalapeno. If you bake them on a dough (i.e longer time), then do top the the mix with additional veggies as the lentils can tend to dry out.
  • Add dollops of vegan mozzarella or other cheese and bake to melt the cheese. 8 to 15 minutes depending on if are using premade naan or unbaked dough.
  • Garnish with chopped tomato, onion cilantro and serve. If mozz was omitted, use chutneys or creamy dressing of choice and serve. The lentil keema mix can be made ahead and used in various ways. 

Notes

Use a mix of cooked lentils and mung beans/chickpeas for variation. 
The keema mix is gluten-free, serve in glutenfree wraps for gf.
 
For a wet keema dish to serve with rotis, add 1/2 cup water or broth and 1/2 tomato chopped  at step 4 towards the end and simmer for 2-3 mins.
 
Nutrition is 1 of 3 serves including basic pizza dough

Nutrition

Calories: 635kcal, Carbohydrates: 80g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 645mg, Potassium: 705mg, Fiber: 13g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 3765IU, Vitamin C: 10.9mg, Calcium: 92mg, Iron: 7.6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Vegan Keema Naan with Keema Lentils, onion, carrots and walnuts. These lentils with the herbs and spices make a vegan version of keema. Serve over Naan bread or Pizza or fill tacos or wraps. #Vegan #Recipe #veganricha, Can be gluten-free and soy free.  | VeganRicha,com

About Richa

Hi, I'm Richa! I create flavorful plant based recipes that are inspired by my Indian upbringing, including many gluten-free, soy-free, and oil-free options.

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41 Comments

  1. Satin says:

    5 stars
    Hi Richa, my lentil-dodging teenager son devoured this so I had to write a 5 star review for you! It was absolutely delicious and enjoyed by the whole (vegan) family. I replaced the nuts with the same weight in finely chopped mushrooms (I have a nut-dodging daughter!) and it worked beautifully. Thank you Richa. This will be on rotation in our house.

    1. Richa says:

      Awesomeee

  2. Rani says:

    5 stars
    Hi Richa recipe is great, I wanted to always make but wasn’t sure how, I have seen diffent variations, but I like this one but what is baharat spice I have not heard of this. What spice blend is it made of. Thanks love your cooking. Regards