About Brown Lentils (Pardina Lentils):
What are lentils? There are over 14 types of lentils and just like a garbanzo bean can be called a chickpea, a lentil can go by many names. To keep it simple, the basic groups are red lentils, green lentils, and brown lentils. What is a lentil? On our farm, we grow brown lentils, but not just any brown lentil. We grow Spanish or Pardina lentils, it is very rare to find this variety of lentils in grocery stores in North America. It is a tiny lentil with blue/purple undertones to the brown skin and a yellow inside. This is the lentil of choice in the Mediterranean and Spain. They have a strong nutty flavor and they hold their shape very well after being cooked. This combination makes them desirable for all types of lentil recipes. The lentils are fabulous for cooking, baking, and lentil soup. Their nutty flavor lends itself expertly to baked goods. These brown lentils also make the best meat substitute as they are one of the only lentils that hold their shape when cooked, from lentil tacos to lentil loaf, these lentils never disappoint. We really think our lentils are a cut above the rest. So why we do offer you brown lentils - they are not your run of the mill brown lentils they are the extraordinary Pardina lentils.
Quick Guide to Different Types of Lentils:
There are at least 14 different kinds of lentils. So for every lentil recipe, there is the perfect lentil. Lentils are good for all kinds of cooking and baking. They can range from yellow to red to green or brown and black. This color variation is caused by different varieties as well as skinning the lentils. For instance, if you skin one kind of brown lentil you are left with a yellow lentil, through a process called decortication. It's no wonder that they are so many lentils there is evidence of lentils being eaten as many as 13,000 years ago. Lentils are one of the first domesticated crops and are still one of the most widely used pulses today.
Types of Lentils
Brown Lentils - Brown lentil are the most common kind of lentil found in the U.S. It has a nutty, earthy flavor and holds it shapes when cooking. Can be substituted or used in any lentil recipe. While Pardina lentils are brown lentils, they are much smaller and have purple undertones to their skin. Their flavor is unmatched and they are much rarer than the common brown lentil. Green or brown lentils we always choose brown.
Green Lentils - Green lentils are also a very common type of lentil. Unlike the brown lentils nutty flavor, green lentils have a more peppery flavor. They are primarily used in salads because they also hold their shape when cooked. Green lentils vs brown lentils is a close call because they have similar profiles and only slightly different flavor profiles.Although they take longer to cook than their brown lentil counterpart. Puy lentils are green lentils that originated in France and they have a blue undertone to their green skin.
Red Lentils - Red lentils are most popular in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine, however, they are finding their way into American dessert recipes. Red lentils are mild, sweet and puree easily, as they mush when cooked. Red lentils are lentils that have had the skin removed or have been decorticated.
Beluga Lentils are tiny black lentils are very rare and are thought to be caviar-like. They have the highest protein content of any lentil at 24%, like the red lentil they have a mild flavor. However, beluga lentils hold their shape when cooked and are a great side for fish or chicken.
Brown lentils nutrition. Lentils can provide your body with protein, carbohydrates, and numerous vitamins including potassium, iron and vitamin B6. All of these things can lead to great nutritional benefits for your lifestyle such as weight loss and increased energy. Because lentils are high in fiber they can also help to lower cholesterol. Other great things that consuming more plant-based foods, like lentils, can provide for your body are healthier complexions and healthier hair; things that are always a plus in anyone’s life! The fiber is the biggest benefit from all the delicious meals you can imagine to make with lentils. In addition to the possibility of lowering cholesterol, the fiber found in lentils can also offer the possibility of decreasing the chance of cardiovascular disease and can slow the process of any high-risk cases. Protein is another huge part of the lentil. One cup of lentils has about 18 grams of protein, however, the proteins found in lentils are not complete because they lack the necessary amino acids to make the proteins complete. Pairing your lentils with a complementary protein, such as rice, creates a complete protein.
Lentils are naturally gluten-free and we work hard to keep them that way. Although our lentils are processed in the same facility as wheat we have strict clean down processes. Check out the FDA's website for more information about gluten-free. We triple clean our lentils and do not irradiate them, so they can be sprouted to make a sprouted salad.
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How to Cook Lentils:
How to cook brown lentils, brown lentils are fantastic in soups, salads, tacos, brownies and more. One great thing about this lentils is that now matter how you plan to use it in you lentil recipe, the basic cooking method is the same. The only thing to keep in mind is cooking time while preparing your lentil recipe. If you are making a lentil dessert you may want to cook your lentils a little longer so they will puree easier. If you are making a lentil soup or lentil salad you will want to cook lentils till they are al dente. The other great thing about cooking lentils is that they do not need to be soaked before cooking and only need to cook for about 30 minutes. For ideas on how to use lentils check out this article. Making them quick and easy to cook. There are two popular ways to cook lentils, on the stove and in the rice cooker. Another way that is becoming very popular for cooking lentils is to cook lentils in an instant pot. Brown lentils cooking time is also relatively quick at between 20-30 minutes.
How to Cook Brown Lentils on the Stove:
- 1 cup lentils
- 3 cups of water
- 1. Rinse lentils in a colander under running water.
- 2. Add water to medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
- 3. Once boiling add lentils.
- 4. Bring back to a simmer and let cook for 20-30 minutes or until the desired texture is reached.
Yield: 1 cup of dry lentils equals 2 cups of cooked lentils.
Store cooked lentils in the refrigerator for a week or freeze cooked lentils to up for six months. You can cook any amount of lentils you like at one time just keep the water to bean ratio at 3:1.
How to Cook Brown Lentils in a Rice Cooker:
- 1 cup of lentils
- 3 cups of water
- 1. Rinse and drain lentils.
- 2. Add lentils to the rice cooker.
- 3. Add 3 cups of water and place lid on your rice cooker.
- 4. Turn on your rice cooker and let cook, about 30 minutes.
- 5. Drain and serve or use in your lentil recipe.
Brown Lentils Recipes:
With brown lentil being so versatile it is easy to find lots of great recipes to use them in from salads to soups to tacos. These lentils are sure to become a mainstay in your pantry. Some of our favorite lentil recipes include lentil chili, lentil carrot cake, and lentil tacos. We have a great collection of lentil recipes and vegan lentil recipes. Check out the link below for great lentils recipes.
Lentils and soup almost go together like lentils and rice. To make your search for the perfect lentil soup even easier we wanted to share our Lentil Soup Pinterest board with you. It also has some green split soup recipes as well as some garbanzo bean recipes so enjoy!
What makes Palouse Brand Brown Lentil Special?
Our cleaning facility was designed for quality not quantity and has cleaned legumes and grains for the international market and domestic consumption. Our food is appealing to our consumers because of its nutrition, aesthetics, and trace-ability to our farm.
What is trace-ability?
Each bag of food comes with a special lot code that allows you to see the dates we planted and harvested your food, pictures of the growing crop and more. All of our products are certified Kosher Parve, Non-GMO Project Certified and our farming methods are Certified Sustainable by the Food Alliance. Our foods are different because Steve & Kevin Mader plant, harvest, clean and package at our own facilities in Washington State - there are few if any companies that can track your food and the details of your food back to the field as we do.