I use sprouted red lentils in many recipes, so I thought it would be helpful to include a basic tutorial on how to sprout red lentils. You can use sprouted lentils in a variety of recipes like soups, salads, veggie burgers, curries, etc. I prefer red lentils because they have a lighter flavor compared to sprouted green or brown lentils. I also love how quick and easy there are to cook.
The sprouting process for almost all grains and seeds are the same. The only difference between other grains is the amount of time it takes for them to sprout. So you can also use this tutorial as guide for sprouting almost anything.
Benefits of Sprouted lentils and grains:
First, I’d like to talk a little bit about the benefits of sprouting lentils and sprouting in general. Sprouting is a process that germinates grains, seeds or legumes which in turn makes them more easily digested and produces additional vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, vitamin B and Carotene. According to Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, “sprouting also neutralizes phytic acid, a substance present in the bran of all grains that inhibits absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc…“. Sprouted grains are best enjoyed when lightly cooked.
What you will need to sprout lentils:
- mason jar
- sprouting lid
- lentils and water
A sprouting lid is simply a mesh cover for the jar that allows the grain to breath and the water to drain. I have a metal mesh screen that I bought at a hardware store for a few bucks. I cut the mesh into a circle to fit the top of the jar and then put the screw ring over it. You can also buy plastic lids that are specifically made for sprouting or you can use cheese cloth.
How to sprout red lentils:
1. Fill a mason jar 1/3 of the way with the lentils, then fill the rest of the jar with filtered water. Let the lentils soak for about 6-8 hours. I usually set this up before bed and let it soak overnight.
2. After the lentils have soaked pour out the water.
3. Rinse lentils and pour the water out again. Turn jar upside down and rest it in a bowl or dish so that the water is allowed to drain out of the mesh screen. Repeat this process of rinsing and leaving it to drain about every 6-8 hours or at least 2 times a day for 2-3 days.
4. You will begin to see sprouts after 2 or 3 days. Once the sprout is 1/4 inch long they are ready for use. You can store them in the refrigerator with a regular lid, but be sure to use them within a few days.
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