How to Cook Lentils for getting maximum Benefits

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How to Cook Lentils for getting maximum Benefits :- Are you unsure of how to cook lentils despite having a bag in your pantry? or put them to use? These are my go-to, time-tested methods for cooking brown and green lentils from scratch in an Instant Pot, slow cooker, or on the stove.

How to Cook Lentils for getting maximum Benefits 

One fantastic plant-based protein that works well in many recipes in place of meat is lentils. broths, marinades, and even “meat” loaves. Moreover, they’re a terrific pantry staple that make it simple to put together a nutritious dinner when purchased dry!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cupbrown or green lentilspicked over and rinsed
  • Water, broth or stockamount depends on cooking method. See individual method below.
  • seasoning of choice,

 

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INSTRUCTIONS

TO COOK LENTILS ON THE STOVE TOP

After washing, transfer the lentils to a large sauce pot and pour in three cups of water, broth, or stock.

Add your preferred seasoning.

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A boil is achieved in the saucepan. Once the lentils are soft, reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. Increase the cooking time to 30 to 35 minutes if you’d like your lentils softer.

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After cooking, thoroughly drain the lentils. If necessary, taste and adjust the seasoning.

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Take pleasure in it or allow it to cool and keep it in the refrigerator for up to five days.

 

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TO COOK LENTILS IN THE INSTANT POT

Put the rinsed lentils in the Instant Pot and add three cups of stock, broth, or water to cover.

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Add your preferred seasoning.

 

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Put your Instant Pot’s lid on and secure it. Verify that the top valve is set to sealing.

For nine minutes, cook under HIGH pressure. Your Instant Pot will need roughly ten minutes to reach pressure.

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After the cooking time is up, quickly and safely release the pressure by turning the top valve to venting. Keep in mind that this releases hot steam, so when you turn the valve, keep your hands away from the vent (sometimes I prefer to use tongs for this).

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Make sure lentils are the right softness. If you would want your lentils to be softer, use the Instant Pot’s Sauté function and cook the lentils until the right consistency is achieved.

 

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Drain lentils with care. If necessary, taste and adjust the seasoning.

Take pleasure in it or allow it to cool and keep it in the refrigerator for up to five days.

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TO COOK LENTILS IN SLOW COOKER

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After rinsing, add 4 cups of water, broth, or stock to your slow cooker and cover the lentils.

Place a cover on and cook for 3–4 hours on HIGH or 6–8 hours on LOW. Since each slow cooker cooks food at a different temperature, the amount of time varies depending on it.

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After the lentils are cooked, carefully drain them. If necessary, taste and adjust the seasoning.

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Take pleasure in it or allow it to cool and keep it in the refrigerator for up to five days.

 

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Nutritional information

  • Serving: 0.5cup
  • Calories: 167kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 28g
  • Protein: 12g
  • Fat: 1g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 3mg
  • Potassium: 452mg
  • Fiber: 14g
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Vitamin a: 18iu
  • Vitamin c: 2mg
  • Calcium: 26mg
  • Iron: 4mg

 

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  • JASMINE GOMEZ

    Jasmine Gomez is the Wishes Editor at Birthday Stock, where she cover the best wishes, quotes across family, friends and more. When she's not writing for a living, she enjoys karaoke and dining out more than she cares to admit. Who we are and how we work. We currently have seven trained editors working in our office to produce top-notch content that you can rely on. All articles are published according to the four-eyes principle: After completion of the raw version, the texts are checked by (at least) one other editor for orthographic and content accuracy.

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