How long do you need to cook lentils?
Cook on a stovetop, using 3 cups of liquid (water, stock, etc) to 1 cup of dry lentils.
Be sure to use a large enough saucepan as the lentils will double or triple in size.
Bring to a boil, cover tightly, reduce heat and simmer until they are tender.
For whole lentils, cook time is typically 15-20 minutes.
Do you have to soak lentils before cooking them?
Lentils do not require it but can be soaked in order to reduce cooking time by about half. Before cooking, rinse lentils in cold water, pick over to remove debris or shrivelled lentils, then drain.
How do you cook lentils so they are not mushy?
Inspect the lentils and remove any bad lentils or small stones. Add the lentils, water, bay leaf and kombu to a pot. Bring the pot to a boil, reduce heat to a very low simmer, cover the pot with a lid and cook for 20-30 minutes or until tender but not mushy. Drain the lentils, remove the bay leaf and kombu and serve.
How do you tell if lentils are cooked?
Bring your liquid up to a boil, add your lentils, then turn down your heat to a simmer for at least 25-30 minutes. Keep tasting your lentils as they cook to see if they’re the consistency you want—more firm if you’re eating them on their own or in a salad, and softer if they’re going into a soup or stew.