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All About Red Lentils;
‘What are Red Lentils?’
Red lentils are a plant belonging to the legume family. The seeds of this plant are green or red. Red lentils are the flat and round seeds of the lentil plant. Also, the red lentil is very resistant to both heat and cold. Hence, red lentils are quite durable. There are differences and similarities between red vs green lentils. The similarity between red vs green lentils is that both are suitable for cooking in a short time. Compared to other legumes, no pre-cooking is required when cooking red vs green lentils. The difference between red vs green lentils is that the dishes they are used in are quite different. Since green lentils are more resistant to heat, they can be cooked alone. However, as red lentils are skinless, red lentils become soft after cooking. Since the starch ratio of red lentils is quite high, it is generally used in soup making. Furthermore, red lentils are stored dry. The red lentils purchased from the markets and used in meals are dried red lentils. Dried red lentils have a great place in Turkish cuisine. Many kinds of dishes such as soup, meatballs, salads, and appetizers are made with dried red lentils in Turkish cuisine. There are some ways to distinguish organic red lentils. The color of organic red lentils is a darker red. Besides, after the organic red lentils are cooked, their consistency becomes better. Calories in red lentils are quite low, moreover; red lentils are very nutritious. Calories in red lentils are 110 in 100 grams. Red lentils which have superior nutritional value contain a high protein ratio.
‘How to Cook Red Lentils?’
Cooking red lentils is quite an effortless task since no preprocessing is required to cook red lentils. As red lentils include a high starch ratio and this legume owns no shells, red lentils cook quickly. Cooking red lentils is the first step to making a simple and delicious meal. Furthermore, there are many various flavors and delicious dishes made by cooking red lentils. Especially in Turkish cuisine, there are many different flavors and aromas by cooking red lentils. Red lentils recipes are quite a lot in Turkish cuisine. It is possible to make soups, salads, and various types of appetizers with red lentils. One of the most famous red lentils recipes is red lentils soup. Besides, making red lentils soup which is one of the red lentils recipes is quite simple. The ingredients needed for red lentils soup are onion, Turkish tomato paste, oil, water, and red split lentils. Also, potatoes and carrots can be added to this red lentils recipe to thicken the consistency. According to the red lentils recipe, first the onions are roasted in a pot. Then Turkish tomato paste and other ingredients are added. After adding water according to the red split lentils ratio, it is left to cook. If potatoes and carrots are to be added, these products are added together with red split lentils. After the red split lentils are cooked, the whole soup is passed through the blender. In this way, a red lentil soup with a smooth consistency is obtained. Moreover, a buttery sauce is prepared for the presentation of red lentils soup. This sauce contains butter, red pepper, and desired spices. After the red lentils soup is placed on the plates, a small amount is added to this sauce. Later all these steps, the red lentils soup is ready to be served. Red lentils soup is a soup that is widely consumed by Turkish people, especially in winter times. Moreover, red lentils soup is very tasty with its smooth consistency and its buttery sauce.
Another very tasty red lentils recipe is red lentils stew. The ingredients needed for the red lentils stew recipe are onions, Turkish tomato paste, carrots, potatoes, red split lentils, vegetable broth, curry powder, and desired spices. Red lentils stew is a very easy recipe to prepare. Just like in the red lentils soup recipe, the red lentils stew recipe starts with roasting the onions and Turkish tomato paste. Then red split lentils and chopped vegetables are added to it. After that step, vegetable broth is added to cook the red split lentils according to the red lentils stew recipe. Later the vegetable broth, spices are added to the red lentils stew and left to cook. After the red lentils stew dish is cooked, it is ready to be served. Furthermore, yogurt and fresh parsley are used in the presentation of the red lentils stew dish. After the red lentils stew dish is placed on the plates, it can be served by adding a spoonful of yogurt and chopped parsley to it. Consequently, red lentils are very tasty as well as being nutritious and healthy. Besides, the interest in this legume has increased with the variety of red lentils recipes. Moreover, the fact that red lentils cook quickly and there is no need for pre-cooking has also been a positive factor. Also, dried red lentils can be stored for a long time. Red lentils are also very beneficial for health due to their high protein content and richness in many vitamins. Thus, you can prepare many different red lentils recipes with this delicious and beneficial legume.