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Old 11-23-2008, 02:16 PM   #1
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Lentil Questions

Lentils what can you do with them and what are the health benefits.



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Old 11-23-2008, 02:48 PM   #2
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Health benefits? Do a google search if you want specifics. Don't know if there are any dieticians here. They are good for you in a low fat, high fiber sort of way.

Make soup, or simply eat cooked lentils tossed with sauteed vegetables.

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Old 11-23-2008, 03:11 PM   #3
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I make a pasta dish with lentils, canned tomatoes, garlic. Cheap eats that is for sure!
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Old 11-23-2008, 04:02 PM   #4
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hi thanks for your reply , there seems to be many different types of lentils , does one eat different lentils in different circumstances.
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Old 11-23-2008, 04:09 PM   #5
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I use lentils in soups, veggie burgers, fresh lentil sprouts, indian cooking. I know when I go to the Indian grocery store has a dozen different sizes, shapes and colors of lentils.
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Old 11-23-2008, 04:12 PM   #6
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I just think of lentils as just one of the many varieties of dried beans, except these you do not need to soak in water for 15 hours before cooking.
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Old 11-23-2008, 05:52 PM   #7
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Yes - there are different lentils for different "circumstances". Some hold their shape better thru prolonged cooking & are thus better for braised dishes, & there are also subtle taste differences. They are also high in protein & fiber, like all legumes.

Unfortunately there is no way to definitively answer your question. Your best bet is to do some recipe research &/or simply start experimenting with different varieties.
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Old 11-23-2008, 08:28 PM   #8
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I ate lentils for the first time last winter, in a soup, and I think they are wonderful! While they are a legume, they do not taste like beans or peas to me.

Here's how I made the soup:

Connie’s Lentil Soup TNT

1 1/2 cup each brown lentils, chopped onions, chopped celery, chopped carrots
1 heaping tbl minced garlic
1 lb. smoked sausage, sliced diagonally
2 cups leftover cooked chicken (opt)
1 can diced tomatoes with juice
1 can chicken broth
1 can beef broth (I meant to use 2 cans chicken broth, but the mistake turned out well)
1/2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
about 2 tbls pesto
olive oil

Rinse lentils and soak in hot water while you chop vegetables. In a dutch oven, saute onions, celery and carrots in a couple tbls olive oil until onions are translucent. Add garlic and sausage, and cook another 5-10 minutes. Stir in lentils. Add the diced tomatoes, broth, chicken and Old Bay. Cook until lentils are tender, about 45 minutes. Stir in pesto and serve.

I didn't add any actual salt at all...there was enough in the broth, sausage and pesto.
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Old 11-24-2008, 11:05 PM   #9
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Ummmm, lentils are the highest protein to carbohydrate ratio legume. They sprout quickly, and cooking time is about the same as brown rice (shorter for sprouted), so that makes a good combination for a base for, say, curries (one of my faves). Sprouted, they are a nice addition to salads or sandwiches. Connie's soup sound absolutely KILLER, and I will give it a try.
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Old 11-25-2008, 06:17 AM   #10
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there seems to be many different types of lentils , does one eat different lentils in different circumstances.
We eat different lentils in different social circumstances.

We consider common lentils (Lens culinaris) as non-veg and yellow lentils (Vigna radiata) as veg, so we use yellow one in any 'pujas'

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