How do you cook lentils

  • Posted by: stouter
  • December 23, 2011


Amanda H. December 23, 2011
Put them in a pot, cover with 2 inches of water, season the water with salt, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the lentils are tender -- check after 15 minutes.
SKK December 23, 2011
1. Measure the lentils you wish to cook. 1 cup of dried lentils yields about 2 cups cooked.
2. Pick over the lentils to remove any rocks, debris, or shriveled lentils.
3. Rinse under cold water and drain.
4. Place the lentils in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Use a 2 to 1 ratio of water to lentils.
5. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to simmer.
6. Cook until desired tenderness is reached, anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. (Note: The older the lentils, the longer they take to cook. Avoid mixing old and new lentils, as they may cook unevenly.) Drain if necessary.
7. Season if desired. Add salt only after the lentils are completely cooked; if added during cooking, it can toughen the lentils. Fresh herbs, vinegars, and lemon juice are other good seasonings.
8. Eat as is or use in salads, soups, or other recipes.
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