Healthy Foods: Lentils

There are four main types of lentils:

  • Brown lentils are the cheapest and soften the most upon cooking. They are best used in soups and stews.
  • Green lentils have a nuttier flavor. They stay firm when cooked and make good salad or taco toppers.
  • Red lentils have a milder taste. They are used in Indian dals and purees.
  • Black lentils are also known as beluga lentils, as they look like caviar when cooked.

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Unlike dried beans, lentils do not require soaking. Rinse away any dirt from the lentils and discard any damaged lentils or foreign material.

Place the lentils into a pot and add two cups of water.

Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer to desired tenderness, typically about 15 to 20 minutes. One cup of dried lentils will swell to 2 cups when cooked.