If you have many lentils and are looking for the best way to cook these beans on google, don’t worry because today, I will instruct you how to cook lentils perfectly and not mushy.

1. How Many Varieties of Lentils?

When it comes to lentils, there are many different varieties available. Below are some popular types of lentils:

Brown Lentils: These are the most common type of lentils. They have a mild flavor and hold their shape well, making them ideal for soups and stews.

Green Lentils: Green lentils are similar to brown lentils, but they have a slightly peppery flavor. This type of lentil also takes a little longer to cook. Like brown lentils, they hold their shape well and are good for soups and stews.

Red Lentils: Red lentils are the quickest cooking type of lentil. They have a sweet, nutty flavor and become very soft when cooked, making them great for purees and dals (a type of Indian stew).

Black Lentils (Beluga): Black lentils get their name from their small, black seeds. They have a rich, earthy flavor and stay firm even after cooking. Black lentils make an excellent addition to salads or pilafs (a rice dish).

2. FAQs When Cooking Lentils

Should Lentils be soaked before cooking?

There is some debate over whether or not lentils should be soaked before cooking. But in my opinion, you don’t need to soak lentils before cooking because they are small in size and cook very quickly

Should Lentils be cooked covered or uncovered?

When cooking lentils on the stove, you need to cover the pot because lentils should be cooked slowly and gently.

This will help your lentils cook evenly without taking too long to cook and reduce the risk of them becoming mushy.

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3. How to Cook Lentils on the Stovetop


  • 2 cups Lentils
  • 4 cups of water
  • One teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • One teaspoon paprika (optional)
  • One teaspoon salt


Step 1: Pour warm water into a large bowl then add lentils and soak for 4 hours, finally rinse and drain.

Step 2: Add prepared lentils, water, turmeric powder, paprika, and salt then mix well. If you want lentils to taste well, you can use bone broth or vegetable broth instead of using filtered water for cooking beans.

Step 3: Close the lid and boil water quickly over high heat. When the water boils, reduce the heat to maintain a very mild boiling and cook lentils for 10 – 15 minutes for split red lentils, 20 minutes for green lentils, 25 minutes for brown lentils, and 30 minutes for Black Lentils, and lentils de puy.

Step 4: Finally, pick up the lentils, then drain and rinse them in cold water, garnish them with fresh coriander leaves, or use them in another recipe that requires cooked lentils such as Lentil Nuggets for kids or Vegetarian Lentil Soup

4. Favorite Lentils Recipes

Lentils are extremely versatile and can be used in a variety of recipes. Here are some of our favorite lentil recipes:

  • Lentil soup: This classic soup is easy to make and can be customized with your favorite vegetables and spices.
  • Indian dal: A hearty and flavorful dish made with lentils, and spices, and often served with rice or bread.
  • Lentil burgers: A delicious and healthy alternative to traditional beef burgers. These can be grilled, baked, or pan-fried.
  • Roasted lentils: A simple and tasty side dish that can be enjoyed on its own or added to salads or grain bowls.
  • Lentil salad: A filling and nutritious salad that can be made ahead of time and enjoyed for lunch or dinner.

To have a bowl of perfect lentils, learning how to cook lentils on the stovetop is essential; I hope after reading this article you can easily make other lentils recipes and have a great dinner. Good luck

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Julia Jane is a home cook inspired by her mother's cooking. With the desire to share my cooking experiences with everyone, she created this website

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