When Lentils Go Bad

Posted By Kerri

We’re back on a healthy-eating kick after a long period of abstinence. The first few days are always the hardest so yesterday we trawled the recipe files and books looking for interesting, tasty and healthy things to make for dinner. I came across a Delia recipe for grilled lemon chicken with lentils which seemed to tick all the boxes and set about it marinading the chicken and cooking the lentils.

I’m not that familiar with lentils, I quite like them and eat them in restaurants fairly regularly but I’ve not had that much experience with cooking them myself. And it showed. I don’t know what happened but all the liquid got soaked up much quicker than Delia told me it would. I added some more water then Stephen came home and took over. He’s much better at the lentil thing than I am but even he couldn’t rescue them so I ran to the local shop and bought pitta bread instead.

It turned out ok in the end but I don’t think I’ll let loose with the lentils again for a while.

Aug 5th, 2008

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  1. Ros said,

    The time it takes lentils to cook seems to be totally random. Even with the same type of lentil from the same pack, it can take 20 mins one day and 35 the next. I think they must be sensitive to cooking temperature or something. I never time them – I just test half a teaspoon to see how soft they are,

  2. Kerri said,

    I think they cooked for about an hour in the end and I kept on testing them but they didn’t really soften at all. Maybe it was a bad batch.

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