How to Cook Lentils for getting maximum Benefits 

Lentils are a powerhouse of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Properly cooking lentils preserves their nutrients and maximizes health benefits. Here's how to cook lentils for maximum nutrition:  

Red, green, brown, and black lentils exist. Each variety has distinct taste and texture. Red lentils cook faster and are good for soups, whereas green or brown lentils maintain their shape better and are good for salads and sides.  

1. Pick the Type  

To clean lentils, rinse them under cold water before cooking. This also reduces anti-nutrient-induced stomach pain.  

2. Rinse Thoroughly

While lentils don't need soaking like other legumes, soaking them for a few hours helps speed up cooking and enhance digestibility. Drain and rinse soaked lentils before cooking.  

3. Soaking (Optional)

For best lentil cooking, use the proper water-to-lentil ratio. Two cups of water per cup of lentils is typical. To get the right lentil consistency, adjust the water.  

4. Water Ratio  

Cook lentils with onions, garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and bay leaves to add flavor. These provide depth and health benefits to the dish.  

5. Improve Taste  

Pour rinsed lentils and water or broth (either vegetable or chicken broth for taste) into a pot and boil. Reduce heat, cover, and cook lentils until soft but not mushy. Cooking times vary per lentil type.  

Stovetop

Cooking Methods

Pressure cookers cut cooking time. To cook lentils thoroughly in a pressure cooker, follow the manufacturer's directions.  

Pressure Cooker

Overcooking lentils makes them mushy and depletes their nutrients. Watch them cook and check for doneness.  

6. Avoid Overcooking  

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