How To Cook Lentils

2014-11-01
  • Yield : 2 1/2 Cups
  • Servings : 5 Servings
  • Prep Time : 1m
  • Cook Time : 20m
  • Ready In : 21m

How To Cook Lentils

Lentils are a high protein legume that leaves you feeling full and is one of the cheapest kitchen staples.  It’s quite a bit like rice in that there are more than one variety, it’s cheap and it cooks exactly the same with a 2:1 ratio.  I thought since I have so many recipes featuring lentils that it’s time to show everyone a basic instructional on how to prepare your lentils.  This is a plain recipe just adding salt and pepper for taste but I recommend adding some sort of stock be it chicken, beef or vegetable stock to give it a full punch of flavor!

Take these instructions with a “grain of salt”(lol) as you will probably want to jazz it up a bit more than I did.  For the sake of keeping it simple and straightforward I give you my how to cook lentils.

*1 cup of dried lentils makes about 2 1/2 cups when cooked.

*There are a slew of different lentils but remember that red lentils turn very mushy when cooked which is why it’s popular in soups and dal’s around the world.

*Per 1/2 Cup 

Calories  115   Carbohydrates 20g   Fat  0.8g   Protein 9g

How To Cook Lentils
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How to cook lentils is a basic recipe for this ancient old time staple.
Servings Prep Time
5 1/2 Cups 1 Minute
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 1/2 Cups 1 Minute
Cook Time
20 Minutes
How To Cook Lentils
Print Recipe
How to cook lentils is a basic recipe for this ancient old time staple.
Servings Prep Time
5 1/2 Cups 1 Minute
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 1/2 Cups 1 Minute
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: 1/2 Cups
Instructions
  1. Lay out your dried lentils on a baking sheet to sift through them for any small pebbles, odd lentils or other debris. I have only ever found one or two very small pebbles in all the years I have done this so just take 30 secs before placing the lentils in a strainer and give them a quick rinse in the sink.
  2. Add 1 cup lentils and 2 cups water to a pot. *This is where you need to add any stock or seasonings you may be using.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Bring the lentils down to a simmer by reducing the heat and cover/cook for about 15-20 minutes.
  5. After the lentils have cooked they will be much larger in size and volume(like rice) and should be soft but not easily breakable(unlike red lentils).
  6. Add a little salt and pepper to taste and you have just made lentils. *freeze them after they have cooled.
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  1. posted by Matthew on 11/01/2014

    Let me know how you guys like to make lentils?…:D

     

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