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why won't my lentils cook uniformly?

Whenever I cook black lentils there is always a hard crunchy piece in every bite while other pieces become soft as they should, I start cooking by boiling for about 30 minutes in unsalted water until ...
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Why do sprouted lentils take longer to cook than soaked lentils?

I like sprouts, and I thought it would be a nice experiment to sprout my lentils before turning them into a tender soup, as I often do. I usually soak lentils for half a day, and then boil them with ...
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Do yellow lentils sprout after submersion for a few hours?

Yellow lentils. Not consumed fast enough. Organic. Bought bulk at a health food store 28-29 months ago and kept in a sealed jar. After leaving them in water for 3-4 hours, they seem to be sprouting. ...
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How do I know the lentils have gone bad?

I brought brown lentil two months ago now when I cooked them under pressure they remained in the same form as before not even slight swelled look as normally brown lentils swell up slightly. The gravy ...
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Soaked red split lentils overnight for tadka dal. Proportion water to boil them in by weight? Any way to prevent the foam-up?

(Ya know, these guys.) So I rinsed 1 kg of them and soaked them overnight. Haven't made them in a while, and I've had some trouble in the past with not adding enough water and having them stick ...
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How to counter bitterness in dal recipe

I just made the recipe below for slow cooker dal and there is quite a bitter flavor. I'm wondering: - what ingredient would cause this bitterness and why? - is there something I can add to counter the ...
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What are these white flecks in my lentils and split peas?

I was cooking a pot of red lentils and yellow split peas, and noticed these white flecks all throughout. What are they? Are they safe to consume? I have been using the same batch of lentils and peas ...
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Why does rinsing lentils create foam? Is this natural?

I ran out of organic brown rice today, and I happened to have some lentils, but when I went to rinse them with the spray nozzle on my sink (set to warm) they started to create a bubbly foam. The ...
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What are the consequences of not rinsing hermetic lentils prior to use?

There are these hermetic boiled green lentils that I've been eating for a decade. They are great in salads, etc. The text on these boxes is in Scandinavian languages. It basically says, among other ...
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What is the ratio of baking soda to water for lentils?

I am soaking lentils and need to know how much baking soda to add per cup of lentils. Previously, I had to cook lentils for about 2 and 1/2 hours to get the desired softness of the lentils. It was ...
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How to I need to treat dried green lentils? [duplicate]

In the attached picture you see green lentils which I want to prepare in order to make a Dal. They are obviously dried although it is not mentioned directly on the package. My question is: Do I need ...
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can you saute lentils with butter (masoor dal)

After cooking masoor dal in pressure cooker, I used to saute it with ghee but since I don't have ghee and it's midnight, can I saute it with butter? will it taste bad?
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Mustard seeds for tempering lentils brought out a little bitter after taste

I am fond of using whole spices for tempering therefore used mustard seeds along with cumin seeds, curry leaves, asafoetida & nigella seeds. Thereafter used some cilantro and kasuri methi for ...
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Different cooking times for red and brown lentils?

I'm making dal for dinner tomorrow and am short some red lentils. I usually cook it for 25-30 minutes after everything's combined in the pot. Can I mix in some brown ones or are the cooking times ...
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Cook lentils before or after shaping into veggie meatballs?

I would like to make vegetarian meatballs out of green lentils. Will I get better results by grinding the lentils first into lentil flour and then forming into meatballs, or only grinding them after ...
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Are my dried moong dal beans bad?

I have some moong dal that I bought at an Indian market a few months ago. I've stored them in a sealed tupperware container. When I opened them today (to make them for dinner tonight), they smell ...
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how long can you keep uncooked lentils - red and brown

how long can I keep uncooked lentils in my pantry?
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Is it normal for the colour of the cooked lentils to change overnight even when they were kept in fridge?

Last night we cooked the lentils in a pressure cooker 20:00. They were on the kitchen shelf for about 3 hours before I put them in fridge. I took them out in the morning at 9:30, and took them to ...
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Urad dal used whole in thoran/rasam - how to correctly prepare?

South indian recipes often seem to call for adding dry/rinsed raw urad dal (or even bigger pulses) straight into the oil with the spices at the beginning, or adding them into a tadka that is added ...
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Less sticky rice and lentils

I have a recipe that calls for rice and green lentils to be cooked at the same time in a rice cooker. I do this and everything cooks nicely, then I add the rest of the ingredients and things taste ...
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Could cheese “halt” the tenderness of cooking lentils?

I was cooking some lentils in chicken broth. When the lentils seemed almost done (they had been simmering for 30 minutes or so), on a whim, I added a fair amount of Gouda cheese. There was still ...
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Are red lentils and split red lentils the same?

I have a recipe for vegetarian Moussaka which calls for red lentils, but it doesn't specify whether these are split red lentils. Is there such a thing as whole red lentils (I have only ever bought ...
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How to add savor to a squash and grain mix?

My friend and I have been making a sort of health mash for the past few weeks in large batches. The ingredients are something like: 1 sweet potato 1 butternut or acorn squash 1/2 cup dry quinoa 1/2 ...
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What ratio of rice is needed for lentils to be a “complete protein”?

From what I understand Lentil needs Rice for the maximum benefit of its high protein quantity, of course that will then increase the carbs. What is the minimum ratio of rice to lentils to maximize ...
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(How) Can I fry red lentils? [closed]

I really like the taste and texture of red lentils and I've been cooking them (sometimes together with rice) as a side dish or as part of the main dish. However, I wondered if and how you would go ...
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How to achieve tender or crunchy toasted lentil sprouts?

A few days ago, I started sprouting a batch of lentils. This morning, I took some of the beans, now with 0.5-1 mm shoots growing out of them, tossed them in salt, pepper, and paprika, and spread them ...
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What are proper methods of cooking stovetop lentils?

I've had lentils that are cooked through but retain their form, as well as lentils that are cooked down into an almost blended substance. What's the origin of each type of preparation, and when is it ...
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What will the coriander, cumin and paradise add to the lentil soup and can I do without the paradise?

I plan to make lentil soup for the first time as I've heard it is a lean meal great for fat-burning diets. Anyway, the recipe ingredients I will be using goes as follows: 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 ...
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Can I use only urad dal to make dosa?

I've been making dosa lately and was wondering if you could make the batter using only soaked urad dal (black lentils)? Or, do you have to include soaked rice, as well? I am diabetic, so I am trying ...
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What is the appropriate lentil-to-water ratio for stovetop lentils?

I'm planning on making a simple dish using split pigeon peas (or, toor dal) which I plan to soak for an hour. Since I don't have a pressure cooker, I will need to cook these on the stove top. What is ...
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Can I cook lentils in a rice cooker?

Can I cook lentils in a rice cooker? Would I need to adjust my lentils/water ratio?
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How does adding baking soda to soaking beans/lentils reduce the gas they make you have?

I've heard a few times that adding a pinch of baking soda to the water you use to soak beans/lentils in, reduces the gas it makes you have. I've not do any measured experiments myself, but I have ...
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Can Calcium Chloride be Used to Prevent Lentils from Bursting?

In Modernist Cuisine, they recommend using calcium chloride when cooking beans to help preventing them from bursting: Beans often burst after being cooked in ordinary tap water. To avoid this...[a]...
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What would give Swiss Chard a gritty texture?

I made Swiss chard rolls last night and when we would bite into them there would be this gritty bite once in a while, almost like biting into a small gravel. Swiss chard itself has a gritty texture ...
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Boiling lentils in chicken stock?

I have some decent chicken stock that needs using and I am making a takka dhal tonight. I preboil my lentils, and was wondering if I boiled them in the chicken stock, whether or not they would soak up ...
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What made these red lentils 'brick' together?

The lentils in the above photo are raw. They did not form a solid block when they were dry, but after I poured a bit of water in, they suddenly did this. Obviously, they need a bit of washing. Red ...
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how to cook orange lentils in the microwave?

How to cook orange lentils in the microwave? I once tried and it ended up as a watery mash. What time, power, amount of water (any other things to take into account), should I use to avoid them being ...
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How does lentils' nutritional profile change in germinating lentils in water?

By the term "terminating lentils in water" I mean a similar thing to sprouting thing such as alfalfa in water. The crux difference is that lentils do not really sprout, they germinate because their ...
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Do lentils need to be soaked?

Everything I have read says that you do not need to soak lentils like you would beans. Unfortunately the last several times I have cooked lentils they have seemed a little chalky. Should I be ...
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'Phorons' for Dahls

I love dahl. In India (where my folks were from) there are an almost infinite set of combinations of dahls and corresponding phorons* (spice-seasoned anointing oil/ghee) But I only know a handful of '...
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How long can I store cooked lentils?

I love lentils mixed with onions, spinach and tuna in the morning, unfortunately I am having a really hard time finding cheap canned lentils in my area. So I wonder, if I cook a big batch of dried red ...
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Why refresh lentils before making lentil soup

I recently made lentil soup from a recipe that involved bringing the lentils to a boil and refreshing them before a more prolonged cooking together with the aromatics. The soup turned out great, but ...
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When “sorting” lentils, what exactly am I looking for?

When a recipe calls for lentils, sorted and rinsed, what am I looking for? I've heard debris, such as leaves or sticks, but also "bad" lentils. Is there anything else I should be looking for before ...