How to cook lentils

I love lentils, they're so versatile and really nutritious and the most common lentils are brown, green and orange and they can be used in different ways. The orange lentils are really good for soups and the green and brown make a really lovely salad. I'm going to show you how to cook lentils in their simplest form. I've got 200g of brown lentils which is enough to serve four people.

To start, rinse the lentils in a sieve under running water. Then place in a bowl and cover with cold water. Allow to soak for an hour as this will reduce the cooking time.

Drain the lentils and place in a saucepan with 600ml of water; you'll need three times water to lentils. Cover the pan, bring to the boil, then lower the heat to a simmer for around 30 to 40 minutes. Just keep an eye on the pan to make sure that the water level doesn't go below the lentils and if it does, all you need to do is just add some more water.

When cooked, the lentils will be tender; drain off any excess water and they're ready to use. You could put them in cous cous, you can add them to salads and you can even make vegetarian burgers with them. And that is how you cook lentils.

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