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How To Cook Lentils On The Stovetop

All you need to know about: How To Cook Lentils On The Stovetop.


1 cup of dried lentils
2 cups of water
1 teaspoon of vegetable oil
Salt and pepper to taste


1. Begin by rinsing the lentils in a fine-mesh strainer with cold water. This helps to remove any dirt or debris that may be present.

2. Once the lentils have been rinsed, add them to a saucepan with the two cups of water. Place the saucepan on the stovetop and bring the water to a boil.

3. Once the water has come to a boil, reduce the heat to low and allow the lentils to simmer for about 20-25 minutes.

4. After the lentils have simmered for 20-25 minutes, add the vegetable oil, salt, and pepper to the saucepan. Stir the lentils to ensure the seasonings are evenly distributed.

5. Allow the lentils to cook for an additional 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

6. Once the lentils have finished cooking, turn off the stovetop and remove the saucepan from the heat. Serve the lentils hot.


• If you prefer a softer texture, cook the lentils for an additional 5-10 minutes.
• You can also add other seasonings, such as garlic powder, cumin, or curry powder, to the lentils for extra flavor.
• For a heartier dish, add cooked diced vegetables to the lentils during the last 5 minutes of cooking.
• Leftover lentils can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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