Spicy Tahini Lentil Wrap


  • 6 medium red bell peppers, cored & chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • Olive oil to cover (if refrigerating)
  • 1/2 cup red lentils, rinsed
  • 3/4 cup fine grain bulgur (#1)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 6 (approximately 9x12-inch) sheets lavash, white or whole wheat
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage

Cooking Instructions

Step 1: Make the Red Pepper Paste: Combine bell peppers, cayenne pepper, and salt in a food processor and puree.  Pour the puree into a skillet over low heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until reduced to a paste.  This can take up to 2 hours.  Let cool before using.  To store, pack the paste into a jar, pour enough olive oil on top to cover, and refrigerate.

Step 2: Make the Lentil Filling: Combine lentils and 2 cups of water in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to low.  Simmer until the lentils are soft, about 20 minutes.  Turn off heat and stir in bulgur.  Let stand until water is absorbed and bulgur is soft, about 30 minutes.

Step 3: Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat.  Add onions and cook, stirring frequently, until soft & translucent.  Stir in cumin and red pepper flakes and cook for another minute.

Step 4: Add onions, scallions, parsley, and salt to lentil-bulgur mixture and stir until well combined.  Let cool before using to make wraps (if you want a smoother texture, you can run the filling through a food processor).  You can freeze the filling in an airtight container if not using all at once.

Step 5: Make the Tahini Dipping Sauce: Place all ingredients in a small bowl with 2/3 cup warm water, and mix with a fork until well combined.  Gradually stir in small amounts of additional warm water until the desired consistency is achieved.

Step 6: Assemble the Wraps: Lay out a lavash sheet with the shorter end closest to you.  Spread 1 1/2 tablespoons of red pepper paste across the lower 1/3 of the sheet.  Top with the lentil-bulgur mixture, and then the cabbage.  Roll from the bottom up, and spread an additional 1/2 tablespoon of red pepper paste across the top end to help seal the wrap.  Repeat for remaining wraps.

Step 7: To serve, cut each wrap in half and serve with tahini sauce on the side.

Enjoy this Trade Joe’s copy-cat recipe courtesy of The Kitchn!