Rinse the lentils thoroughly under running water and remove any debris and rocks.
Combine 1 cup of lentils and 3 cups of water in a pot. Add bay leave and any seasonings (without salt).
Bring to a rapid boil over medium-high heat, cover with a lid and then reduce the heat to simmer. Simmer the lentils for 20-25 minutes, or until tender.
Lentils are ready as soon as they are tender and no longer crunchy. Drain any remaining liquid, remove the bay leave, and season with salt as needed. You can enjoy them on their own or add the lentils to soup or salads.
Be sure to rinse and sift your lentils before cooking them to remove any rocks. They aren't too pleasant when you bite into them!
Be sure to season the water, I like to add bay leaves and sometimes peppercorns. This helps to bring out the natural flavors of the lentils.
Don't add salt to the lentils before cooking, or they will be tough. Add salt after you cook them.
For more flavor, you can cook the lentils in vegetable stock rather than water.
If after 20 minutes simmering, lentils are not tender, check them every 3 minutes after that.
How To Cook Lentils
Amount Per Serving
Calories 209Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Vitamin A 23IU0%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.