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About Red lentil Edit
Wikipedia Article About Red Lentil on Wikipedia
Red lentils are one of the most common types of lentil, and the best known among the red lentils is the Red Chief. It's a lovely salmon pink in its dried form, but it turns golden when cooked. These lentils cook faster than others. They're best in purées or soups.
Preparing Red lentil Edit
- Lentils are a natural in soups and stews and also make a great cold salad.
- Lentils need no pre-soaking and cook much more quickly than other dried legumes.
- Acidic ingredients such as wine or tomatoes can lengthen cooking time. You may wish to add these ingredients after the lentils have become tender.
- The high protein content in lentils makes them an excellent meat substitute.
Cooking Red lentil Edit
To cook lentils, simply pick over to remove debris or shriveled lentils, rinse, and drain. Cover with water or broth and boil for 2 to 3 minutes (to aid in digestion). Reduce heat and simmer until tender. Depending on the variety and age, cooking time may take anywhere from 10 minutes to 1 hour.
- When using a pressure cooker to cook lentils, add a teaspoon of oil to keep the scum from blocking the safety valve.
- Salt added to the cooking water will toughen the beans. Add salt once the lentils are completely cooked.
- Lentils should be liberally seasoned.
- Older lentils will take longer to cook because they have lost more moisture. Do not mix newly-purchased lentils with old ones. They will cook unevenly.
- 1 cup dry lentils = 2 to 2½ cups cooked.
- 1 pound dried lentils = 2¼ cups dry.
- 1 pound dried lentils = 4 servings.
- 1 pound dried lentils = 5 cups cooked.