Basic Preparation Instructions for Red Lentils

These colorful, quick-cooking lentils have a mild, subtly sweet flavor.  Because they break down while cooking, red lentils are perfect for dishes like soups, stews, curries and dips.  Red lentils are rich in fiber and provide a wealth of vitamins and minerals, including iron and zinc.

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Servings 4servings
Cook Time 15minutes
Submitted By Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods
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Stove-Top Preparation
  1. Sort and rinse 1 cup of Bob’s Red Mill Red Lentils. Place in a medium size pot and add 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Make sure to keep lentils covered with water during cooking; if water level is low, add additional water and reduce the cooking temperature. Makes approximately 2-1/2 cups cooked lentils.
Pressure Cooker Preparation
  1. Sort and rinse 1 cup of Bob’s Red Mill Red Lentils. Place in pressure cooker and add 3 cups of water. Secure lid, set pressure to high and begin heating on high heat. When steam begins a steady flow from the release valve, reduce heat to medium and let cook for 3 - 5 minutes. When cooking time has completed, turn heat off and allow pressure to decrease naturally for 15 minutes. Carefully remove lid and drain water from lentils.
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This product is wheat-free but may contain traces of gluten.

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3 thoughts on “Basic Preparation Instructions for Red Lentils

  1. Doryce

    How do you prepare red lentils is such a way as to retain as much of the color as possible?
    Mine lost their color and i was really disappointed in the appearance.

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    1. recipe specialist

      Hi Doryce,
      Of all the lentil varieties, Red Lentils (which are split) tend to be the least firm when cooked. This makes them great for Dahls and curries or for thickening soups, but they don’t hold their shape or color well when cooked. You could try adding a bit of lemon juice (acid) when cooking which may help maintain a bit of their color, but they will still darken when cooked. French Lentils and Black Lentils tend to hold their shape and color better when cooked.

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  2. Charles F Colby

    Rock on Doryce! The red ones look sexy until cooked, but I’m going to try the French ones today if I can find them. Thank you, Charles in Austin, TX

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