How to cook lentils
Lentils are a simple to prepare bean that are a staple in French, Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine. Varieties include red, green, orange, brown, white, black and French green lentils. They have a nutty flavor which combines well with other seasonings.
Lentils are versatile in both hot and cold dishes. They can be used in soups, salads, as a main dish or as a side dish. Lentils can even be used to make cookies!
Place the dried lentils in a bowl
Dried lentils can have debris in them leftover from the harvesting process. Sort through them and remove any debris.
Rinse the lentils
Rinse the lentils a few times with cold tap water. Rinsing will reduce foaming during the cooking process.
Boil the lentils
In the dutch oven, add 1 cup of lentils to 3 cups of water or stock. Bring to a boil. Let boil for 5 minutes.
Simmer the lentils
After boiling turn the heat down to low. Cover and simmer the lentils for 15-30 minutes. Stir the lentils frequently. Remove any foam that forms.
Replace water that evaporates during the cooking process.
The time needed to cook the lentils will depend upon the type of lentil and desired tenderness. Red lentils require around 20-30 minutes while green lentils require 30-45 minutes.
The end use of the lentils will determine the necessary cooking time. An additional 15-20 minutes of cooking is needed to obtain the mushy cosistency needed for making dal.
Remove from heat
Remove the dutch oven from the stove top to stop the cooking process.
Ready for use
The cooked lentils are now ready to be used in soups salads, as a side dish or as a recipe ingredient.
Cooked lentils can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.
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