Handmade: Stories of Strength Shared through Recipes

HANDMADE is a book of recipes collected from 34 widows of the war in Sri Lanka.

The women featured are from the North East of the island and throughout the book their incredible stories of courage are shared through their relationship with food.

Stunning photography is combined with the recipes that gave these women hope to provide a better life for their children.

Commissioned by Australian based charity Palmera, 100% of all profits from the sales of HANDMADE will be reinvested in rural women entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka.

You can purchase a copy in store at our Abbotsford, Thornbury (Melbourne) and Newtown (Sydney) locations or through our online store.

Uber Eats

Lentil As Anything is on Uber Eats

Now you don't even have to get to the restaurant to get your Lentil Fix!

We've joined UberEATS and now you can eat delicious VEGAN food without leaving your house (but maybe you should occasionally leave your house sometimes for sunshine - you know?)

Go to UberEATS to find one of our stores.

Enter LentAs10S for $10 off your first order!


Festive Opening Times

Ho-Ho-Hope y'all be visiting us over the Festive Season!


We are open 365 days of the year, with the exception of St Kilda closing on Dec. 25th.

Some slight changes to opening times - you can check them out below.

Come on by and give us a Festive Hug!




Dec 24th: 10am-3pm Dec 25th: 12pm-3pm Dec 31st: 10am-3pm Jan 1st: 5pm-9pm


Dec 25th: 11am-3pm Dec 31st: 11am-3pm Jan 1st: 5.30pm-9pm


Dec 25th: 12pm-7pm All day buffet Dec 31st: 12pm-3pm and 6pm-8pm

St Kilda

Dec 25: closed Dec 31: 12pm-4pm





Humans of Lentil

"Everyone sees something different in Lentils"

"My love of food was passed down to me through the maternal line. My Granny is an excellent cook. My maternal grandparents are work class scots, but my Grampa was a musician and he travelled a lot playing music on cruise ships. He developed a taste for world food and when he married my Granny she had to learn to cook! He took her to the first Chinese restaurant in Glasgow and she loved it. She learnt to cook French, Italian, Chinese, Indian… It’s very unusual for someone of her generation. All of my family on my Mum’s side are food obsessed. My dad says we are the only family he’s met who will be sitting down to one meal and planning the next!

Before I came to Lentils I was living and volunteering at a yoga ashram whilst I studied yoga. I rose to head chef of the kitchen there, and became skilled at mass catering vegetarian food whilst working with international volunteers through programs like help-x. When I left the ashram my mum asked me ‘what do you want to do next with your life?’ and I said – ‘I want to do the same job but I want to get paid’. Within a week of leaving the ashram I applied and was accepted for the head chef role here in Newtown. I would never have been capable of this job if it wasn’t for my years as a volunteer. Volunteering helped me develop skills, confidence and a new sense of what I am capable of. It literally changed my life.

Working at Lentil has given me a chance to give back, to hold space for volunteers and less skilled staff, to give them the opportunity to learn and grow in an environment that is nurturing and non-judgemental. Everyone sees something different in Lentils. I feel that the most positive service that lentils offers to the community is not serving affordable food, but offering people the chance to volunteer. To be part of a family, to be accepted with all their quirks, and to build confidence, skills and friendships. I have watched people bloom in front of my eyes. Again, volunteering can change people’s lives." — with Sian MacTaggart.



For more great Humans of Lentil, check out the facebook page here

Seeking Floor Manager, Sydney

Employer: Lentil As Anything Inc.Work Type/s: Casual or Part-time Classification/s: Management, Retail & Hospitality, Volunteer Management Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP) Location: Sydney

We are looking for a superstar to manage our floor.

Lentil as Anything is a not-for- profit community restaurant that allows customers to pay what they can afford for a meal. We are largely staffed by volunteers, and focus on creating an inclusive community space that welcomes people of all backgrounds, abilities and walks of life.

We are looking for a superstar to manage our floor. This job is part management and part community development and requires a person that is calm, committed, confident and patient while taking on a fast-paced working environment utilising exceptional communication and leadership skills. Successful applicant must:  Be flexible to work a variety of shifts: days, nights and weekends.  Be able to maintain good working relationships with kitchen staff, volunteers and fellow management members  Be able to mentor and guide unskilled volunteer staff  Have a warm personal leader’s demeanour with a team focused view to deliver great customer service  Be comfortable with working with people of all backgrounds including new migrants, refugees, homeless, queer and trans folk, people with disabilities and mental health issues  Have excellent communication in writing, speaking and reading English  Have at least 1-2 years experience working in hospitality management The role includes:  Managing all floor operations and all floor staff  Working under the Restaurant Manager and working closely with other management team members, kitchen staff, and volunteer staff  Training floor staff in opening and closing and in-service procedures  Attending scheduled staff meetings  Leading by example in all things required of volunteers  Promoting and maintaining effective communication channels between kitchen and floor  Cashing up at end of shift  Maintaining adequate knowledge of all food and beverages served within the restaurant  Communicating effectively with staff and customers to maximise mutual satisfaction  Training for all operations unique to Lentil As Anything will be provided


To apply please email your resume and cover letter to Rose the Restaurant Manager at

Lentil As Anything Sydney - Xmas Support

Lentil As Anything Newtown is asking for some extra help this Xmas from our community!

This year Lentils welcomed the start of summer with a break in, where the thief (or grinch?) stole our safe containing thousands of dollars of donations.


Lentil As Anything is a not-for-profit restaurant where people can pay what they can afford, according to their own financial ability. If customers can only afford a little, they can volunteer for their food. We believe everyone deserves a place at the table!

Lentils relies solely on the donations of it's customers to keep it running. Unfortunately this theft has been a sad setback. Many people hold misconceptions that Lentils is free, but actually it's far from it . We pay rent, bills and usual costs - all from the precious donations of the people.

By donating to this campaign, you will be covering the costs of the money that was stolen. You will be helping us pay the $11,000+ a month in rent, pay the bills, and help us source the ingredients that we need to cook your food.

Most importantly you will be helping us continue to feed 500-600 meals a day !

Please show your support by contributing a donation. It doesnt matter how big or small- it matters to us all! (queue cheezy xmas rhyme).. Thanks and thanks and thanks again x

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Job vacancy : Vegan Cook / Chef, Newtown

Vegan Cook / Chef

Employer: Lentil As Anything Inc. Work Type/s: Full Time Classification/s: Retail & Hospitality Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP), Social Enterprise Location: Sydney

Job posted on: 12 September, 2017. Applications close:  please apply as soon as possible

We currently have an opening for a cook or chef to join and help to lead our kitchen team in Newtown, NSW.

  • Must be available to work evenings and some weekend shifts
  • Must have wide knowledge of vegetarian food from around the world
  • Must be an excellent communicator, able to guide and mentor unskilled volunteer staff
  • Must have a heart of gold, and a calm, positive can-do attitude
  • Must be fit and strong and unafraid of hard work

The role includes:

  • Cooking a variety of vegan dishes that will feed up to 400 people per shift
  • Leading, mentoring and upskilling less skilled staff and volunteers
  • Assisting head chef with ordering stock and other admin
  • Unpacking deliveries, store management, stock rotation, lots of cleaning

We would prefer to hire someone to work full time on a salary, but other options may be available for the right person.

How to apply for this job

Please email a detailed resume, cover letter, and a list of ten dishes you would like to serve for our community to, using the subject line: Vegan Cook / Chef application via EthicalJobs.

Regular Yoga Classes (Newtown)

We'd love for you to join us for our by donation Yoga classes. Get it on the fun but don't forget to BYOM, that's short for Bring Your Own Mat!

Where: Lentil as Anything, Newtown

When: Every Tuesday from 6pm - 7pm, Every Saturday from 8:30 - 10:30am

We've got some amazing teachers all with unique style and a lovely gift worth sharing. Have a read for inspiration!


ShivaniMy Yoga journey started straight after high school.I was searching for a way to stay healthy without having to go to a gym and came across a yoga studio and before I knew it fell in love with the practice. Over the years I've found my practice evolving with and love this exploration through the different layers of the body as we move through a movement meditation. My journey through yoga has taught me and is continual tea on a physical, mental and philosophical level.

Yoga is for everyone, and I believe that within the physical practice we can all find our edge while exploring the mind and body connection.




Yo yo yo Jesse

I started practising yoga at 13 years old. I was anxious, angry and depressed. Yoga has helped me through the darkest periods of my life. Now my daily practice helps me to stay grounded and present, allowing me to fully engage in the good times of life and the tough.

Four years ago my teacher training opened new doors for me. I grew in my understanding of the practice and in my confidence as a yogi. I now teach a mongrel hybrid from many yogic traditions that resonate with me, with a focus on incorporating yoga into our everyday lives. Using each class as an opportunity to set positive intention and share our humanity. I believe yoga can be for everyone and I teach it for all. My classes are fun, flowing and creative.



I came to yoga a few years ago, in an extremely busy time of my life. I had just moved to Australia, and was working for an international corporate. I didn't manage to properly unwind after work, so I took my first yoga class in a very small studio in Sydney, and fell head over heels for the practice. I remember crying in my first pigeon pose ever, because my hips would hurt so much. I remember sitting down when everyone else was going upside down, just because my mind wouldn't allow me to do an inversion. I remember peeking at the clock in meditation, only to notice in disbelieve that not even four minutes had passed. I have come into thousands of pigeon poses since then, love standing on my head, and manage to silence my thoughts for a decent amount of time. Yoga has changed my life on a physical and emotional level, and because I wanted to share the gifts of Yoga with others, I did my RYT 200 hrs Yoga Teacher Training in 2016. I teach playful, fun Vinyasa classes, and love to see the students smile in challenging poses (and of course in Savasana).



Jane completed her 300hour Jivamukti yoga teacher training in Costa Rica in June 2015. She started practicing the Jivamukti method in 2014 and noticed the change in her life as she began to commit to regular practice and started to focus on aiming to lead a more compassionate lifestyle. In her own practice Jane attends a mixture of open and basic classes to deepen her knowledge of safe alignment within the Jivamukti method. Jane's classes bring a spiritual teaching, a focus on breathing and an, at times, challenging physical practice with variations given to suit different levels. Music accompanies the class with physical assists given throughout as well as a meditation practice. Jane is very grateful for all her teachers and welcomes students of all backgrounds and experiences. She hopes that you are able to take away something from the class out into your life.



At 17 years old I was told that due to my scoliosis I would need a hip replacement by the time I was 25. I reluctantly began yoga in search of an alternative. Ten years later I not only still have my original hips but I have come to understand, read and heal my own body in a holistic way due to my Yoga practice. I began yoga with the aspiration to transform myself on a physical level however I gained so much more than I could have ever anticipated. The asanas are a vehicle from the physical into the deepest layers of self - to the Atman, to union. Through a practice that prioritises correct alignment, observation and self-acceptance I aspire to empower my students to get reacquainted with the body they live in in order to heal and gain access the layers beyond. I truly believe we change the world starting from within, yoga has been that gateway for me and I want to give others the key. Nara is a 500hour Yoga Alliance Certified instructor having studied with Byron Yoga Centre in Australia (Purna & Vinyasa style) and with Shiva Yoga Peeth in Rishikesh, India (Hatha & Ashtanga). Nara frequently returns to India to expand upon her studies and deepen her personal practice.



I was introduced to yoga through my studies of Babaji's Kriya Yoga, a sacred and mystical kundalini yoga, learning pranayama, meditation and some asana. I later began a physical practice by attending Jivamukti classes. I'm now 200+hr certified in Vinyasa in the Krishnamacharya lineage and I use every class as an opportunity to acquaint people with the healing power of yoga, through a holistic approach of the eight limbs of Patanjali's yoga sutras, exploring a theme of spiritual focus and then setting physical challenges that are rewarding and engaging. I lead classes with great respect and reverence while maintaining a fun, relaxed environment, just because it's so powerful doesn't mean we can't enjoy it!

Meditation Every Friday 10am-11am (Newtown)

Meditation by Donation, Every Friday 10am-11am Where: Lentil as Anything Newtown, 391 King St.

Hello friends! I’d love for you to join me Friday mornings for a how-to class in Meditation, Mindfulness and Self-Improvement.

There will be a short discussion for those new to meditation on some helpful tips and techniques, and approaches that will make things easier for you. This is invaluable information which, if followed, will help you navigate any obstacles you may encounter in your practice. We begin with a Guided Mindfulness Meditation based on observation of the senses, namely, sound, thought-as-sound, the body and breath.

After which there will be a discussion on life-transforming topics we can contemplate to improve our self-awareness. With the force of concentration and mindfulness we cultivate through practice, we can gain an understanding of the cause and effect relationship between our thoughts and feelings. This understanding can and will change your life dramatically, empowering you with the knowledge and confidence that you are responsible for your own well-being. This is good news. With practice, these discussions, contemplations and meditations help us to abandon our reactive patterns and ultimately choose how we want to respond to life's events.

We’ll spend some time each week exploring and cultivating positive qualities of heart and mind in a second, shorter meditation at the end class. We’ll examine themes such as patience, compassion, forgiveness, gratitude, appreciation and love.

With an attitude of interest and wanting to see clearly, we’re bound to discover things we can’t yet imagine. In strengthening our determination to think and act in ways which are only beneficial to ourselves and others, coupled with the wisdom gained through meditation, we’ll be well on our way to true inner peace.

*Although class finishes at 11am, I often give more teachings followed by a very casual, open group discussion and time for questions and answers until 12pm when the kitchen opens, then we often have lunch together afterward. Don't hesitate to join us!

About Dar:

His life is dedicated to his Spiritual practice. With a passion for awareness of spiritual energy, he’s used the chakra system to explore his mental landscape and to improve himself. In recent years he’s given readings to hundreds of people helping them explore their fears and insecurities, all by donation, only ever hoping to give insight and the skills they need to improve themselves. He’s been heavily inspired by Ekhart Tolle, he has a true passion for ‘being here Now’. More recently inspired by his Buddhist studies, his life is dedicated to improving his own mind for one ultimate goal, to benefit others.