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LUCKY3 asked in Food & DrinkCooking & Recipes · 1 decade ago

How Do You Cook Lentil Beans?

I'm vegan.

I hate cooking.

I'm a horrid cook.

And there are no directions on the package.

I have yellow and red beans. Can I cook the lentils like rice with just water and a little salt or does it require more thought?

6 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Soak them overnight.

    Then boil them.

    See if you can get a pressure cooker to cook them, as it will be a faster process.

    After you boil till the beans are soft, add whatever you want to them... pasta sauce, garlic, onions, tomatoes, spices and simmer over a slow fire

  • 1 decade ago

    Bean Pot Lentils:

    Lentils are loaded with soluble fiber, a type that may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering blood cholesterol levels.

    5 cups low-sodium fat-free chicken broth

    1 cup dried lentils

    1/2 medium onion, chopped

    2 tablespoons brown sugar

    2 tablespoons ketchup

    2 tablespoons molasses

    1 to 2 tablespoons prepared mustard

    2 bacon slices, cooked and diced

    Vegetable cooking spray

    Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in a Dutch oven. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes or until lentils are tender.

    Stir in brown sugar and next 4 ingredients. Spoon mixture into a 1-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray.

    Bake, uncovered, at 325°, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

    Yield: 3 cups (serving size: 1/2 cup)

  • 1 decade ago

    Favorite Lentil Soup :

    There is no need to purchase parsley for this hearty soup if you have some celery on hand. An equal amount of chopped celery leaves can be substituted for a similar fresh-flavor boost.

    2 tablespoons vegetable oil

    1 large onion, chopped

    3 large carrots, chopped

    1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

    1 (28-ounce) can tomatoes, chopped

    7 cups vegetable broth

    1 1/2 cups dried lentils, rinsed

    1 teaspoon salt

    1/4 teaspoon pepper

    1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley

    Preparation Time: 15 minutes

    Cooking Time: 50 minutes

    Serves 6

    1. Heat oil in a large pot over low heat. Add onion, carrots and thyme. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is tender, about 10 minutes. Add undrained tomatoes, broth and lentils to the pot. Bring to a boil.

    2. Reduce heat to low. Cover; simmer soup, stirring occasionally, until lentils are tender, about 35 minutes. Add salt, pepper and parsley to pot. Simmer soup for 5 minutes longer.

  • 1 decade ago

    Add four times as much water as the beans. Cook in a pressure cooker for 5-10 minutes. In case you do not have a pressure cooker then, soak the beans overnight. Then add lots of water and cook them on slow fire.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes ,they are easy to cook but you need to use 3 cups of water per 1 cup of lentils.I add an onion to mine sometimes and serve it over rice.

  • 1 decade ago

    cook on stove top with water on medium heat until tender [about 2 hours]

    first rinse them several times to get clean, you add seasoning [to taste] and let them cook slowly, check and add water if water gets low.

    you can add shredded carrots and it will be tasty and healthy

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