Walnut Lentil Pate
April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

I can’t believe it’s Sunday already; this weekend has flown by. The good news is that it’s been full of nice activities, including, but not limited to:

●A visit from my bestie, who’s in the midst of planning her June wedding (!!)
●Catching up on the approximately 19379347 submissions I’ve got to read for work
●A bloggie meet up on Friday
●Easter festivities with said bestie this afternoon (if gossiping and movie watching count as Easter festivity — does it?)
●A tiny bit of cooking this afternoon

For now, let’s rewind to Friday, when I had dinner at Angelica Kitchen. Angelica is one of my favorite vegan restaurants. It’s been around for years, and the food and menu are consistently wholesome, nourishing, and delicious. My fave dishes include the Thai Me Up (a raw carrot and daikon dish), the curried cashew spread, the roast vegetable salad, the hearty combo bowls (wherein you can pair a grain, veggies, sea veggies, and beans in any combination you like), the Dragon bowls (basically a macro bowl) and the pantry plates (wherein you can likewise pair up cold appetizers, spreads, and salads).

Angelica’s dips and spreads are pretty memorable, too, and I think the highlight is the restaurant’s walnut and lentil pate. It’s a sweet, salty, and super savory mixture of lentils, walnuts, and spices. I love it so much that I recently created a version of my own. Here’s the recipe.

Walnut Lentil Pate
Recipe Type: dip, spread, sauce
Cuisine: vegan, gluten free
Author: Gena Hamshaw
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: Makes 2 cups
  • 3/4 cup brown or green lentils
  • 3/4 cup walnuts
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried, crushed thyme)
  • 1 tablespoon rice or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white or red miso (optional, but if you omit, add an extra 1/4 teaspoon salt)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  1. Place the lentils in a medium sized sauce pan. Fill the pan with enough water to submerge the lentils by a few inches. Bring the water to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 18-20 minutes, or until the lentils are tender but not watery or mushy (I always check at the 18-minute mark). Drain the lentils and set them aside.
  2. Heat a medium sized sautee pan over low heat. Add the walnuts. Toast them, stirring constantly, until they’re browning lightly and fragrant. Remove them from heat and set aside.
  3. Return the pan to the stove and increase the heat to medium. Add the olive oil and shallots. Cook the shallots for 2 minutes, stirring constantly, and then add the garlic. Cook the garlic and shallots for another 3 minutes, or until everything is soft and fragrant. Add the lentils and combine ingredients well. Remove the pan from heat.
  4. Add the walnuts to your food processor, along with the salt. Process until the walnuts form a fine meal. Add the lentil mixture and all other ingredients, along with 1/3-1/2 cup water (as much as you need to get a thick, yet smooth and spreadable consistency, similar to hummus). Process till smooth, stopping occasionally to scrape the bowl down. Serve the pate with toast, crackers, or vegetable crudites, or stuff it into a raw collard wrap! Enjoy.
Leftover dip will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Angelica tops the pate with a wonderful, dill-infused tofu sour cream, which I didn’t make myself when I was making this recipe. But I’m sure that any vegan cream–a cashew cream, maybe, or a tahini dressing–would add a lot of decadence to the dip. I love how rich in protein this dip is, not to mention the rich amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids, courtesy of the walnuts. And I love the savory mixture of vinegar, salt, and miso.

This is by far one of my favorite dips so far, and I hope you all get a chance to enjoy it soon. I love using restaurant food for kitchen inspiration, and when the restaurant in question specializes, as Angelica Kitchen does, in precisely the kind of food I love to make, inspiration comes easily.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, and will be back soon.


Categories: Gluten Free

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  1. Delicious! I added a splash of lemon juice and used fresh parsley and onion because that is what I had on hand. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Thanks for the great recipe! I made this back when you first posted it and loved it. Wondering now whether you could soak the lentils instead of cooking them? Thoughts?


    • WHOA! Thanks, Steph! I totally forgot to write down the 1 tbsp of nama shoyu that I used in this recipe! It’s definitely meant to be there — I’ve edited accordingly, and thanks for the hawk eye!

  3. […] make it for yourself so you too can swoon over the savory, rich, warm, salty/tangy flavor of this lentil walnut pate from Choosing Raw. It is ridiculously amazing and I guarantee I will be making it at least once a week. I love lentils […]

  4. Sounds like a great weekend!!! I’ve never been to Angelicas, but I’ve heard lots about it! 🙂 Your pate looks great and tempeh is my fav soy food too (that I only have on occasion as well!).

    Love the idea of bring your own juice! And great pics of you! XOXO!

  5. Sounds like you guys had a good time; I haven’t explored that many good healthy restaurants in the city. BTW I just read your smoking post; I go to Columbia now. Alas, I never lived in John Jay. Do you know of any really tasty/classic/healthy restaurants up here? I always have so much trouble finding non-greasy college student food, so I usually just end up cooking for myself.

  6. What a fun visit! I’ve been dying to go to Angelica myself, for years. Thanks for bringing a little taste of it here. 🙂 And love the photos–you are too adorable!

  7. I’m making this FOR SURE! You know how much I love all things dippy and this looks exceptional! Lentils are one of my favorite things to cook with but I’ve never made them into a dip – what a brilliant idea!

    I have to say again that you are SO lucky to live in NYC, you have everything you could want right at your fingertips ESPECIALLY delicious restaurants!

  8. The Angelica looks like such a lovely place to go for a bite to eat, everything looks great. I recently have tried tempeh for the first time and I am in love with it. I bought a package and it has been sitting in my fridge since I have no idea on how I should prepare it! Do you have any suggestions? 🙂

  9. You beat me to the punch on the food combining question! It did bring up another question though – how strict do you get when it comes to food combining? Is it like an every other day kind of thing, or are there some combos you think are worse that others – like fruit with other food groups or proteins & starches, etc.? Thanks!

  10. It all sounds so delicious! I would swoon over anything that restaurant had to offer. How’s their cookbook?

  11. Nice pics! I have a very similar recipe for a lentil-walnut spread that I got from an Andrew Weil book years ago – my kids love it!

  12. Gah. That looks divine! Must make this asap. 🙂

    Random question. Should roasted buckwheat groats be soaked before consumption? (I know raw buckwheat groats need soaking which is why I’m curious.) I work at a health food store with awesome bulk bins and when a customer abandons their already bagged goodies, we employees get to snag them for free thanks to health codes. Well, a dear person bagged about 3 pounds of roasted buckwheat last night and I took it home with me. Just wondering what I should do with it now before I throw it in a bowl with some almondmilk… Thanks!

  13. Hooray for Angelica and HOORAY for Angelica-inspired dishes a la Gena! The warm weather has found me trolling your blog like a mad woman in preparation for spring and summer 🙂

  14. I love lentils so much but I have never thought of using them as a dip. Great idea.

    And as Sarah said, the millet cooked in carrot juice sounds delicious!

  15. Fantastic!
    Do you have any idea how the millet cooked in carrot juice is made? As simple as it sounds?? It strikes my fancy.

  16. Thai Me up at Angelica’s Kitchen is one of my absolute favorite raw dishes. I wish I knew their salad dressing recipe! Looks like you had a fun outing, and I am definitely adding that pate recipe to my queue of recipes to try.

  17. What a delicious dip! I love lentils and walnuts but I never thought how the combo would taste.
    If you like the sunflower butter, the pumpkin seed butter is UNREAL