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How to Cook Lentils

I’m a firm believer that lentils will save the world, and it’s my personal mission to get more people aboard the legume train! I will show you how quick and easy it is to make a pot of basic lentils so you can add this fibre-rich, protein-packed food to your everyday life.

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  • 1 cup / 200g lentils (whole, not split) green, brown, De Puy, beluga, etc.
  • 1 tsp. fine sea salt


  • Rinse lentils well, drain (if soaked overnight, drain and rinse). Place in a pot and cover with 3-4 inches of water, bring to a boil, reduce to simmer. Check lentils for doneness after 15 minutes, but they should take about 20 minutes in total. You will know they are cooked if they still retain a slight tooth – al dente!


Yields approx 2.5 cups / 625ml cooked lentils (depending on type)