The Basics: Lentils

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The Technique

Lentils

Lentils are a nutrient dense legume that are high in fiber & protein. When the seeds are cooked properly, they add a toothsome texture to a variety of dishes. Although there are several types of lentils available, whole green & split red are the most common varieties to consumers. The split lentils actually cook a good bit faster as the seed coat, or skin, has been removed.  This particular cooking method is straightforward but lentils can be seasoned with garlic or herbs to impart additional flavor during the process. Learn how to prepare lentils for use in recipe applications & features a straightforward cooking method with minimal effort. 

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makes 3 cups

3 cups water 
1 cup lentils
1/4 tsp kosher salt

Bring the water & the lentils to a boil over Medium-High heat in a 2-quart saucepan. Reduce the heat to just below the Medium setting & gently simmer 15 to 18 minutes or until the lentils are just tender. Remove from the heat & drain in a fine wire mesh sieve. Rinse under hot water if using for a warm cooking application or under cold water if using for a chilled application. Season the lentils with the salt. Use as directed in specific recipe applications. 

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Cooking Classics. Lentils. Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Brand Cooking & Baking Tutorials Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Writer Editorial Director Pastry Chef Food Stylist TV Cooking Personality Modern Southern Socials Game Day EntertainingHow To Cook Lentils

Due to their small size, lentils can be cooked quickly without the need to soak them first unlike many other beans. They can be used in soups by adding to the end of the cooking time or tossed into salads for extra texture. I prefer to marinate them in a simple vinaigrette as it offers one more layer of flavor to them. Follow these pointers when preparing them in your own kitchen. 

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The Technique

All types of lentils cook a little differently but when a small batch of the standard green variety is in order, gently simmering them is ideal. The slightly lower than average temperature will help the lentils cook evenly & maintain their shape without compromising the texture by preventing them from being mushy. Although not necessary, I prefer to rinse the lentils once cooked for a more clear appearance when used in recipe applications particularly when marinating them as they can look a bit cloudy if this step is omitted. When merging flavors & foods, be certain to taste the combinations together before adding additional salt. 

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