Lentils - a common product in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine.In Russia, she was also extremely popular, even from her baked bread.But with the advent of potatoes, cereals this undeservedly forgotten, and because of it can be cooked many delicious and healthy dishes.
Lentils - is the culture of the family of legumes, rich in protein and contains little fat.By its nutritional value is not inferior to meat .Because much iron in lentils, during heat treatment, it does not lose the beneficial properties.This cereal is considered one of the best products for people who adhere to proper nutrition.
How to choose the lentils?
overestimate the advantages of this cereal is difficult, but that would fully enjoy its great taste, you must first make the right choice.There are many varieties of lentils and cooking method depends on the type of cereal.
shape and size of lentils can be quite different, but the grain is always better to choose whole.
- French lentils is green.It unripe cereal, it holds its
- Yellow lentils - a purified green.It goes well with vegetables and is suitable for soups and purees.
- Lentils Pardini - a ripened grain.It cooks very quickly and has a light nutty flavor, suitable for casseroles, soups, stews and a snack.
- Egyptian lentils red, does not have a shell.Brewed quickly, is used to puree, soups and vegetable stew.
- Black beluga lentils or - similar to black caviar, is used in vegetable dishes, soups and salads.
How delicious to cook lentils?
better not to soak lentils , just bust, separating the bad beans and pebbles, and then a couple of times rinse under running water.For salads it must be the least cooking for soups and purees longer.She already laid in the boiling water, keeping the ratio of 1: 2 (1 tbsp. Of cereals on 2 tbsp. Of water).Once the cereal was in the water, the fire should immediately extinguish to low and cook for 15 45 minutes , depending on the dish you want to cook and lentil varieties. Salt is necessary for 5-6 minutes until cooked .After cooking, the beans become tender nutty flavor.Cook can not only water, but use a meat and mushroom broth or add water in a small amount of wine, and the field of end of cooking - a tablespoon of lemon juice.
If you cook the lentils as a side dish, put it sage, rosemary, celery, bay leaf, cloves, etc.Great complement the taste of the onion, garlic and tomatoes .You can also use a variety of hot sauces: tomato, vinegar, mustard.Perfect with sauce based on olive oil with lemon juice, mint and basil.
How to cook lentil soup?
Very simple, nourishing and delicious soup that is prepared just for 15 minutes.For people who spend all day at work, and in the evening is not sufficient strength to cook - it's perfect!The main thing is to prepare in advance chicken or any other low-fat broth.
Quick lentil soup
- Bouillon - 2-2.5 liters
- red lentils - 250 g
- Tomatoes - 2 pcs.
- Onions - 1 pc.
- Salt, pepper, spices (coriander, turmeric and Italian herbs) - to taste
- olive or other vegetable oil - 1-2 tablespoons
- Carrots - 2 pcs.
- chicken broth to put on the stove and bring to a boil and pour into a lentil.
- Onions and carrots cleaned, pour boiling water over tomatoes and eliminate the skin.Onion and tomato cut into cubes and carrots grate.Pan heat a little oil and make fried.Pour diced tomatoes and a little put out.
- Check lentils on availability, usually 5-7 minutes after boiling, put fried, salt and pepper, and add spices.Cook for another 2-3 minutes.
- Give the soup a little brew, you can squeeze a few cloves of garlic.Serve with chopped herbs.
Lentil soup with smoked
wonderful soup with smoked aroma and rich flavor.
- smoked ribs and knuckle - 500 g
- Turnip - 2 pcs.
- Carrots - 2 pcs.
- salt, spices, red ground water - 3 liters
- Lentils - 300 g
- Onions - 2 pcs.
- pepper, herbs - to taste
- saucepan with water, bring to a boil.Rinse lentils and send brewed.There also put the ribs.
- Turnips Peel and cut into cubes and add to the lentils.
- onion, carrot peel and fry in oil until golden brown, put into the soup.
- Shin cut into large chunks and put in the soup when the lentils and turnips are almost ready.After and pepper and add the spices.
- After 5 minutes, turn off the heat and let the soup brew.
What can you make of lentils?
salad with lentils and cheese
- Lentils (preferably green) - 200 g
- Parsley and Basil - 1 bunch
- sulguni Cheese - 200 g
- Tomatoes - 3pcs.(Or 10 pcs. Cherry)
- olive oil - 2-3 tbsp
- lemon juice - to taste
- Salt - to taste
- lentils boil with the bay leaf, a little salt.Rinse and allow to cool.Fold in salad bowl.
- tomatoes and cheese cut into cubes if cherry - cut in half.
- finely chopped greens.Salad season with olive oil and lemon juice, salt to taste.
Vegetable stew with lentils
- Red onions - 1 pc.
- Sweet pepper - 1/2 pcs.
- Celery - 1 stalk
- Olive little - 2 tbsp
- Balsamic vinegar - 1 tbsp
- Eggs - 2-3 pieces.(Depends on the number of servings)
- mushrooms - 5-6 pieces.
- young spinach - 200 g
- French lentils - 200 g
- Garlic - 2-3 cloves
- Salt, pepper, Provencal herbs - to taste
- lentils boil until tender.
- onion peel and cut into half rings, garlic and finely chopped celery.
- In a deep pan pour 1 tablespoonolive oil and fry the onion, garlic and celery.
- carrots cleaned, cut into cubes and send it to the vegetables.
- Peppers get rid of the seeds, cut into cubes and mushroom slices and put too fried.
- Cover and simmer until cooked vegetables.
- Add chopped spinach to the pan and lentils, stir, pour balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper and season with spices.
- In another pan fry the eggs.
- Serve portions, laying on each slide plate and a fried egg on top.
How to cook lentils in Multivarki?
Lentil curry Multivarki
- olive oil - 1 tbsp
- Green onions - 4 pen
- Tomatoes - 3 pieces.
- Garlic - 2 cloves
- grated ginger - 50 g
- vegetable broth or water - 500 ml.
- Onions - 2 pcs.
- Lentils - 500 g
- Sweet pepper - 1 pc.
- Carrots - 2 pcs.
- Bay leaf - 1 pc.
- curry powder - 1 tbsp
- onions, carrots, peppers, tomatoes, cut into cubes.In multivarku pour olive oil, vegetables and fill select Toasting or without lid and fry the vegetables for 10-12 minutes.
- Multivarki Pour in the lentils, pour hot broth, put a bay leaf, garlic, salt and pepper, add the curry, ginger and chopped green onions feathers.
- Close the lid and select beans or rice for 10 minutes.
- Served with chopped cilantro.
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Lentils real champion among cereals in protein and folic acid !This dish is very popular among vegetarians, because of its nutritional value is not inferior to meat.For meat eaters, to observe the fast, it is also indispensable.Dishes of lentils are ready to forgive, and they turn out very tasty, hearty and healthy.