Secrets to perfectly and deliciously cooking lentils

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Lentils are incredibly healthy

and easy to cook!

Cooking lentils is fun, easy and delicious, but you can bring these humble legumes to new heights by following our secrets to cooking lentils.

We share our secrets and tips to cooking lentils so you can experience the best these little superfoods have to offer on your plate.

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Use the right variety of lentil

There are so many different types of lentils. There are the beautiful, glistening black lentils that are great in soups and as a side dish, French lentils that are firm, rich and perfect for salads, or red lentils that become creamy and are best cooked into Indian-spiced stews.

In fact, depending on the lentil variety you’re cooking with, they all cook a different way. Picking the right variety is vital for your end goal. For example, red lentils will easily soften after they’re cooked for 20 minutes, which is great for curries or stews.

Brown lentils have an earthy flavour, cook in 20-30 minutes and hold their shape after being cooked, making them ideal for veggie burgers or salads.

Green lentils have a strong, peppery flavour and take around 20 minutes to cook. They stay very firm even after being cooked, making them ideal for veggie side dishes.

Regardless of what variety you choose, make sure you don’t over boil your lentils. Instead, bring your cooking liquid to a rapid simmer and then cook on low heat until they’re tender. To ensure a firm texture, avoid adding salty or acidic ingredients until the very end, as these can soften the lentils during cooking.

RL - Brown lentil soup with mushrooms in bowl

Add flavour to your cooking water

Never miss an opportunity to add more flavour to your lentils – your taste buds will thank you for it!

Lentils pair well with flavours like bay leaves, garlic, carrots, celery, peppers, thyme, cumin and vegetable stock.

Lentils also benefit from smoky flavours like paprika or bacon or sausage, if you eat meat.

Try drizzling them with a little lemon juice or sherry vinegar before you serve them, for extra flavour and a refreshing contrast. Or add a halved onion to your water or stock, crushed garlic or a bundle of herbs. All of your ingredients will get to know each other in the pot… and produce a mouth-watering dish.

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Sift through your lentils before cooking

It’s unlikely, but it’s possible that there are small pebbles in your bag of lentils. It’s best to be safe and rinse and sift through them before cooking. After all, no one wants to break a tooth by biting down on a rock.

Give your lentils a good rinse in a colander to remove any debris and sift through them to be sure there are no hidden stones tucked among the legumes.

Discover how easy it is to cook with Rosevale lentils

We know how busy and messy life can become. But no matter how hectic your day is, it’s still important for you to feed your family healthy, balanced meals.

Well, you’ve come to the right place. At Rosevale Lentils, we’re passionate about growing, harvesting and distributing top quality lentils straight from our farm to bulk and private customers across Australia.

We have so much more to tell you about our healthy lentils, so take a look at our other lentil articles.

Discover our healthy, gluten free lentil cooking kits or contact us for more information.

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Whole Lentil Dhal Curry <br>Kit</br>

Whole Lentil Dhal Curry

  • Ready in under 30 minutes
  • Feeds 4 to 6 people
  • Add only 3 ingredients
Mild Curry <br>Kit</br>

Mild Curry

  • The family midweek meal
  • Freezes well
  • Add only 2 ingredients
Whole Red Lentils <br>1.5kg</br>

Whole Red Lentils

  • For the seasoned lentil cook
  • Resealable bag for freshness
  • Long shelf life
Whole Red Lentils <br>750g</br>

Whole Red Lentils

  • For everyday lentil meals
  • Resealable bag for freshness
  • Sweet, distinct flavour

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