Split red lentils are a reddish-orange colour, and are shaped like small disks. They have a mild, earthy flavour and soft texture. Split lentils cook very quickly, and require no soaking time; as they have a tendency to quickly lose their texture, they are often puréed. These lentils are especially popular in East Indian dal dishes, and in spicy soups and side dishes.
In a large pot, bring 3 cups water (per 1 cup lentils) to a boil. Add lentils and simmer partly covered for about 30 minutes; check for tenderness after 18-20 minutes. To retain firmness, try adding a teaspoon of oil to the water before adding the lentils.
Try using organic split red lentils in soups and various vegetarian dishes.
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