Lentils contain high levels of proteins, including the essential amino acids isoleucine and lysine, and are an essential source of inexpensive proteins. Sprouted lentils contain levels of all essential amino acids. While lentils are an incomplete protein in themselves, when mixed with rice (wholegrain) it becomes a complete protein.
Apart from a high level of proteins, lentils also contain dietary fiber, folate, vitamin B1, and minerals. Red (or pink) lentils contain a lower concentration of fiber than green lentils (11% rather than 31%), however personally I prefer dahl made with red lentils and they are also much quicker to cook. Health magazine has selected lentils as one of the five healthiest foods.
Lentils are also a good source of iron. This makes them an important part of a vegetarian diet, and useful in helping to prevent iron deficiency.
- This is Damon’s Recipe:
- 1 cup lentils
- 2 medium onions – chopped
- 4 cloves garlic – crushed
- quarter teaspoon ginger powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin powder
- lots of pepper
- 1. Lightly fry onions and garlic until soft
- 2. Add spices (fresh if available)
- 3. Add lentils, cover with stock and cook until soft. Amount of water depends on the consistency you wish to achieve. (Damon prefers it on the thin, soupy side and so do I)
- 4. Blend
- Serve with rice and naan and enjoy!
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