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How To Cook Green Lentils
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
30 mins
A low-fat nutrient rich pulse that can be easily prepared and used in many dishes.
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: All Cuisines
Servings: 3 people (makes 3 cups cooked lentils in total)
Calories: 211 kcal
Author: @dietitian_mom
  • 1 cup dry uncooked green lentils [176 g]
  • 2 cups water [480 mL]
  1. Measure a cup of dry uncooked green lentils into a pot.
  2. Rinse the green lentils once or twice in cold water and fill up the pot halfway until all the lentils are covered. Let the lentils soak overnight (due to water absorption, the lentils will expand slightly).
Lentil Cooking
  1. The next day, drain out the remaining water from the pot, and rinse the lentils once or twice in cold water. Do this by filling up the pot halfway, stirring the lentils around and then pouring out the excess water.
  2. Add 2 cups of fresh cold water to the pot and then place the pot uncovered on the stovetop on a medium heat setting. Once the pot contents start to boil gently, place the lid on the pot (leaving a small opening slit) and let the pot contents continue to simmer for 25-30 minutes. Adjust the stove heat setting as needed to keep the pot contents bubbling gently.
  3. Taste the lentils after 25-30 minutes of cooking to determine if you need to continue to cook them another 5-10 minutes longer. When done, at least half of the green lentils will be soft and some may have the halves opened slightly. Some of the lentils may be still a bit crunchy, but this is fine as the lentils will be cooked further in other recipes.
  4. Use a slotted spoon to remove the cooked green lentils into a separate bowl to cool (reserve the cooking liquid to be used in other dishes).

  5. You can now use the cooked and drained lentils in your cooking!
Recipe Notes

Reserve the rich green colored lentil cooking liquid as this makes a great vegetable broth base for other dishes (this keeps in the fridge for a few days).

Nutrition Facts
How To Cook Green Lentils
Amount Per Serving
Calories 211
% Daily Value*
Sodium 11mg0%
Potassium 573mg16%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 18g75%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Vitamin C 2.6mg3%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 4.5mg25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.