Boiled Red Split Lentils

Recipe by Joe Jones,medium Prep: 5 minutes,Cooking: 20-30 minutes,Serves: 1

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  • 1/2 mug of dried red split lentils


  • Kitchen scales
  • Large saucepan
  • Measuring jug
  • Sieve
  • Wooden spoon



  1. Fill the kettle and put on to boil
  2. While the kettle is boiling, half fill a cup with dried red lentils and tip into a sieve
  3. Gently wash any dust or grit from the lentils under running water, give the sieve a shake to drain any excess water and tip the lentils into a large saucepan
  4. Once the water has boiled, add enough to the pan until there is roughly double the amount of water to lentils
  5. Turn the heat to high and bring to the boil
  6. Once boiling, turn down the heat to low and place the lid on top of the pan laying slightly off one side so its not fully on the pan
  7. Leave the lentils to gently bubble away for at least 20 mins until they are tender, stir every now and then with a wooden spoon to make sure they don't stick to the pan bottom
  8. If they become too dry, add a touch more water and stir
  9. Once cooked empty into the sieve and drain off any excess liquid
  10. Cooked lentils can be eaten on their own or used in one of our other recipes, added to soup after cooking, salad or made into an Indian dhal
  11. Store any unused cooked lentils in an airtight container in the fridge and use within the next few days


  • Energy

    335kj 80kcal 4%
  • Fat

    0.3g 0%
  • Saturates

    0.0g 0%
  • Sugars

    0.6g 1%
  • Salt

    0.03g 1%


Lentils are a great source of vegetable-based protein, which is important for those who don't get their dietary protein from other sources such as meat, fish or dairy.


Lentils are a good source of fibre, which helps to keep our gut happy and healthy and is linked to reduced risk of heart disease.

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