How To Cook Lentils on the Stove – Best Way To Cook Red Lentils

To have a bowl of perfect lentils, learning how to cook lentils on the stove is essential, and today I will instruct you how to cook this wonderful bean. This is absolutely simple and easy to do

1. Do you have to soak lentils before cooking them?

Lentils do not need to be soaked before cooking. However, if you want to reduce the cooking time to half, you can soak the lentils for about 5 to 6 hours, rinse again then drains

2. How do you make lentils taste good?

If you want lentils to taste well, instead of using filtered water for cooking lentils, you can use bone broth or vegetable broth.


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3. How to Cook Lentils on the Stove


  • 2 cups red lentils
  • 8 cups of water
  • One teaspoon turmeric powder
  • One teaspoon paprika (optional)
  • One teaspoon salt

How long should you cook lentils?

It takes 20 minutes to cook lentils on the Stove.


Step 1: Rinse the lentils thoroughly (until the starch is removed) and add it to the pot. If you have soaked lentils, you can skip this step

Step 2: Pour water and add the turmeric powder, paprika, and salt to the lentils. Mix nicely.

Step 3: Close the lid and boil water quickly over high heat. When the water boils, reduce the heat to maintain very mild boiling and cook lentils for about 20 to 30 minutes until lentils tender but not mushy

Step 4: Finally, garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve!

I love Lentis and I have spent time on the topic How To Cook Lentis at home. I believe that you can also do it well. Please be patient and we can get the amazing result in the end for what we really love. 

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