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Why Lentils Don’t Cook Through?

Nadia Galinova
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Nadia Galinova
Why Lentils Don’t Cook Through?

Lentil are a both tasty and healthy dish. In addition, this dish is prepared extremely quickly and easily, which makes it widespread in every household. Although it does not require much effort to prepare, lentils hide their subtleties.

It is known that before the actual cooking, the lentils must be thoroughly rinsed and then soaked in water for 2-3 hours. The next step is to boil the lentils, in which process the main goal is to cook them.

However, in some cases, cooking lentils through is more difficult or doesn't happen at al. Here are the reasons for this and how to deal with the situation:

Difficulty lentils all the way through is often caused by insufficient soaking. Therefore, it is sometimes advisable to leave them in water overnight to make it easier to boil the next day. If you skip this step altogether, it will be difficult to avoid it.

The variety of lentils also matters. Some brands do not provide satisfactory quality, which affects the speed of cooking. Green lentils cook much slower - about 40-60 minutes. On the other hand, red lentils can be cooked in 7-10 minutes.

The ratio of water to lentils can also play a role in the boiling process. Therefore, it is good to follow the ratio between 100 g of lentils per 0.5 liters of water.

If your lentils don't cook through, you can solve this problem by adding 1-2 pinches of baking soda into the pot. This ingredient will speed up the process and help you prepare the dish faster.

Here are some ideas for:

- lentil soup;

- red lentil soup;

- lentil cream soup



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