Lentils – yummy or yucky?

I know most people aren’t overly keen on the superfood lentils but they are actually very yummy, if cooked right, and the health beneifts are too good to ignore – see below

  • Lower cholesterol – lentils help to reduce blood cholesterol because it contains high volumes of soluble fibre. That means less chance of heart disease
  • Digestive health – lentils help to keep your movements regular, so to speak, and can help bowel disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome
  • Stabilises blood sugar – the soluble fibre traps the carbohydrates, slowing down digestion and stabilising blood sugar. This is helpful to those with diabetes
  • Good protein – like most legumes, lentils contain a good amount of protein which can be beneficial to veggies. 26% of lentils calories are protein
  • Energy boost – lentils are a good source of iron, which transports oxygen around the body and is key to energy production and metabolism
  • Can aid weight loss – lentils are practically fat free and low in calories. A cup of lentils contain approx 230 calories, but still leaves you feeling full and satisfied

I have to say I eat lentils about 1-2 a week and I absolutely love them. Now you can make a soup from them, toss them in a salad or make an indian dhal (this is my fave). There are so many different varieties of lentils so give them all a go.

Here is my easy to follow and super yummy lentil recipe for dhal. I have simplified it – even if you don’t like lentils, this may change your mind.

  • choose the lentils you would like to eat – yellow, brown, black……
  • either put them in a pressure cooker or boil them until a little soft – not too mushy because they are not so tasty then. The black lentils can take quite a while to boil until soft but the small yellow ones cook a lot quicker
  • In a non stick pan (ideally), either use spray oil or a dash of olive oil and heat the oil along with cumin seeds ( about 1 tsp)
  • Chop a whole onion – small pieces, and add to the oil and cumin seeds
  • finely chop 1 garlic clove and about a 50p piece size of ginger, add to the onions and cumin seeds mixture
  • cook on a low heat. For added moisture add a little water, not oil
  • Chop one fresh tomato and add to the mixture
  • Now add 1 tsp of salt, turmeric, curry powder (or garam masala mixture if you can find)
  • Simmer this mixture until everything is well cooked and the tomatoes are mushy
  • Now add the lentils to this mixture. How watery you want the dhal is up to you.
  • Continue to boil until the mixture is mixed in with the lentils
  • You can add a chilli if you want bit of a kick
  • you can also top with cut coriander at the end which enhances the favour

There you go, that’s it. It’s super easy and I have to say super yummy. I like my lentils not too runny so I don’t add too much water. I have a pressure cooker though which makes it all that much easier. You can also just use a slow cooker if you are really lazy. Enjoy and you don’t need to feel guilty eating lentils!

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