Lentils are one of the healthiest foods because they are low in fat and contain high levels of proteins, fiber, essential amino acids, folate, vitamin B1, iron and minerals. A longtime favorite and one of the most common types of lentils, Red Chief Lentils are a medium-size, quick-cooking, lens shaped seed of a small shrub. They are a deep orange/rich red color and have a mild, earthy flavor with a soft texture. Season Red Lentils with spicy chile peppers, fresh herbs, garlic or curry powders. Lentils have been eaten for over 8,000 years and originated in Southwestern Asia along the Indus River. They are a staple food for many South Asian cultures.
Season Red Lentils with spicy chile peppers, fresh herbs, garlic or curry powders. They are a hearty addition to casseroles, soups and stews and ideal for garnishing and purees. Toss into cold or hot salads for a tasty surprise. Combine with diced roasted vegetables and olive oil for a delicious twist. They are frequently combined with rice, which has a similar cooking time. Use in vegetarian cooking as a meat substitute. Best if cooked with bold flavors.
Lentils do not require soaking. Simmer 1 cup lentils with 4 cups water. Simmer 12 minutes for salads, 15—20 minutes for main dishes. Drain. Skim the water while cooking. One cup dry yields 2 cups cooked.