Vegan Sloppy Joe

For Day 2 week 2 of BM #50, here is a vegan version of the popular Sloppy Joe. I wasn't too sure if my folks at home would appreciate this but decided that the risk was worth it :).

The best part of this adventure was that both the kids and the dad were mightily impressed and did complete justice to their meal. The lentils are full of protein, fiber and iron as well. I was just not able to convince them to go with some whole grain buns. :) Otherwise with all the vegetable toppings I think it was a relatively healthy meal.

Vegan Sloppy Joe

Adapted from here
Ingredients - 

Olive Oil 1 Tbsp
Onion, finely chopped
Garlic, grated
Celery, finely chopped
Red and Yellow Peppers, finely chopped
Tomatoes, chopped 1/2 cup
Tomato Paste 2 Tbsp
Cumin Powder 1 tsp
Chili Powder as needed
Sriracha Sauce 1 tsp (Optional)
Salt as needed
Vegetable Broth 3 cups (Or plain water is fine too)
Red Lentils / Whole Masoor Dal 1 cup
Balsamic Vinegar 2 tsp (I didn't add)
For the Sandwich - 
Burger Buns 8
Butter as needed
Lettuce, Onions, Avocados, Spring Onions and cheese as needed

Vegan Sloppy Joe

Method Of Preparation -

In a pressure cooker or a heavy bottomed pan, heat oil and saute the garlic and onions until they are lightly brown in color.

Add in the chopped celery and pepper. Let them cook for a minute or two.

Add in the tomatoes and tomato paste. Let the tomatoes turn mushy. Sprinkle the cumin powder, chili powder and salt. Pour in the Vegetable broth and let it come to a slow simmer.

Wash and drain the red lentils and add them to simmering broth. 
[If using a pressure cooker, cover and let it cook for just 1 hiss. If using a heavy bottomed pan, let it cook for about 30 min or so until the lentils are just about cooked. Add water if needed.]

After the pressure cooker is cooled, remove lid and mix well.

Toast the burger buns, apply butter and spread some lettuce, pour the cooked lentils on one side of the bun, add whatever toppings you prefer, top it with the other side of the bun and devour!!

Note - Freeze/refrigerate the leftover lentils for a quick bite when you need it the most :)

Preparation Time 35 min
Makes 8


  1. Srivalli Says:
  2. Looks absolutely stunning Harini..though I was struggling so much on ideas, this one didn't cross my brain..very nicely done..

  3. Priya Suresh Says:
  4. Vegan sloppy joe looks stunning, wat a nutritious dish.

  5. Vegan version is interesting.

  6. Suja Ram Says:
  7. Vegan version is too good..Drooling.

  8. Pavani Says:
  9. I was planning to make sloppy joes too, but wasn't sure if he family would like them or not. You are tempting me to try these soon.

  10. Wow that's a cool one. Looks stunning and colorful.

  11. Padmajha Says:
  12. Wow!Really looks so delicious and the pics are so tempting!!!

  13. Suma Gandlur Says:
  14. Those sloppy joes are looking absolutely inviting and colorful.

  15. Archana Says:
  16. Wow this is stunningly delicious. I have heard a lot about sloppy joes now I will try this out.

  17. Kalyani Says:
  18. heard of this, but never had it.. interesting idea to use Red lentils.. looks delish , and the yellow mini cake stand looks so cute :-))

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