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How to Cook Lentils

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine | Feasting at home
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: lentils, lentil recipes
  • Method: stovetop, instant pot
  • Cuisine: global
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

  • 1 cup lentils
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon salt

Ingredients

  • 1 cup lentils (see notes), rinsed
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/21 teaspoon salt
  • Optional aromatics: few whole garlic cloves, quartered shallot or half onion, couple sprigs of herbs ( rosemary, thyme, sage) bay leaves.

Instructions

  1. Place lentils, water and salt in a medium pot over high heat.
  2. Add any optional aromatics, and bring to a boil.
  3. Cover, lower heat and simmer gently until cooked through. The goal here is to get them tender, yet still hold their shape.
  4. Drain and use in other recipes.
  5. Cooked lentils will keep up to 4 days in the fridge, or can be frozen!
  6. Split lentils cook the fastest- check at 15 minutes! Small lentils take roughly 20 minutes, large brown lentils roughly 30-35 minutes. The smaller the lentils, the faster they cook, so just keep checking!

Notes

Split lentils cook the fastest- check at 15 minutes! Small lentils take roughly 20 minutes, large brown lentils roughly 30-35 minutes. The smaller the lentils, the faster they cook, so just keep checking!

  • Red Split lentils 15 minutes cooking time
  • Green lentils 20-30 minutes cooking time, depending on size.
  • Black Caviar lentils- 20 mintues cooking time
  • Large Brown lentils-30-35 minutes cooking time
  • Split lentils 15 minutes cooking time

Quick Tip! To accelerate cooking soak them in water first, 1-8 hours.  Or try an instant pot!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cup lentils
  • Calories: 220
  • Fiber: 16
  • Protein: 18

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