Lentil Recipes

Lentil Recipes

Lentils are an edible pulse, found in dishes around the world. There are a huge number of different types of lentils, including brown lentils, Puy lentils, green lentils, red lentils and yellow lentils. Each of these lentils has a slightly different flavour and the type of lentil you choose to cook with will depend on the type of dish that you wish to make. For example, yellow lentils are slightly sweet and are great for cooking in a pudding, whereas red lentils have an earthy flavour and work well with spices. Take a look at some of the recipes below for some inspiration on cooking with lentils.

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About Lentils:

Lentils are a fantastically good source of nutrients and protein, which is perhaps why they are increasingly becoming more popular in our cuisine. A quarter of the calories that come from lentils are protein-based, meaning that they will fill you up but with little calories or fat when compared to other carbohydrates.

This tasty legume has actually been eaten for over 10,000 years and was mentioned many times in the Old Testament. Lentils are also an integral part of many different cultures — in Jewish mourning tradition, lentils are eaten by the mourners as their round shape is thought to symbolise the cycle between life and death. In Shia narrations, lentils are said to be blessed by up to seventy prophets, including Jesus and Mohammed, and in Italy, eating lentils on New Year's Eve is said to bring a year of good fortune, perhaps because of their round coin-like shape.

If you fancy cooking with lentils, take a look at some of the recipes above, including a number of Indian lentil recipes, a tasty lentil and sweet beet recipe and a delicately flavoured lentil and rice pudding recipe.

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