Lentils are not only delicious, but also very useful plant. a valuable source of easily digestible protein, vitamins and minerals. Perhaps the most famous lentil dish is lentil soup. But if you want you can prepare salads, garnishes and second dishes of lentils. in order to use them to diversify your diet.

Preparing dishes of lentils, it is worth remembering a few the nuances of cooking lentils. There are several varieties of lentils, they are visually distinguished by color. Is the fastest cooked red and brown lentils, and green are the most resistant to cooking. Salted lentils are usually at the end of cooking, because salt water it is brewed longer.

Braised lentils

One of the easiest ways to cook side dish of lentils is to add it with the onions and carrots. To prepare this simple but tasty dishes of lentils we take such products :

  • 400 g of lentils
  • 2-3 carrots
  • 2-3 onions
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • salt and pepper — to taste

The lentils sort, pour cold water and leave for 5-6 hours, that it swelled. Onions and carrots peel and finely chop the (carrots can grate). Fry the carrots and onions in vegetable oil in a skillet until Golden brown. Then put in a saucepan the lentils and fill with water so that it completely covered the lentils. Stir, add salt to taste and stew for 1.5 hours on low heat. Before serving, add pepper to taste.

Stewed lentils with smoked bacon

There are more interesting variant of the stewed lentils. You can serve it not as a garnish, but as an independent second dish. To prepare the braised lentils this recipe, we will need :

  • 1 Cup lentils
  • 1 Cup water or broth
  • 150 g smoked brisket
  • 2 bulbs
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • herbs, Bay leaf, salt, pepper — to taste

The lentils sort, wash, fill with cold water and soak for a few hours, then drain off the water. The brisket we scald with boiling water and cut into thin slices. Bow clean, cut and slightly fry with the bacon. Then put the brisket with the onion and lentils in a pot, fill with water or broth. Add the tomato puree and Bay leaves, sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer the lentils for half an hour under the hood. Before serving, sprinkle with chopped greens.

Hot lentil salad and broccoli

This salad can be served as both appetizers and a main dish. For this dish of lentils, we take the following ingredients :

  • 220g broccoli
  • 150 g lentils
  • 75 g feta cheese
  • 50 ml olive oil
  • 7.5 ml of vinegar
  • 5 ml of liquid honey
  • 1 small chilli
  • green onions, cardamom, Bay leaf, salt, pepper — to taste

Rinse lentils and sort out. Put in a pan, pour plenty of water, add cardamom and Bay leaf. Bring to the boil and cook for 20-30 minutes without lid (until the lentils are soft).

Meanwhile, prepare the filling. The pod of the chili peppers cut in half and remove the seeds. Finely cut pepper, mix it with olive oil, vinegar and honey. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Green onions finely chop, add to the dressing and stir.

Broccoli divided into small florets and add to the pan to the lentils for three minutes until tender. Cover with a lid and cook until the cabbage is tender. The mixture of cabbage and lentils are thrown back on a colander, allow water to drain and remove Bay leaf.

We fill the salad with the prepared dressing, we crush the feta cheese from the top and serve it to the table, until the salad has not cooled down.

Salad with sprouts of lentils

A very healthy vegetarian dish — a salad of three-day sprouts of lentils with seaweed. This salad is well suited for a vegetarian menu. For this dish of lentils we need :

  • 0,5 tbsp. lentil sprouts
  • 0,5 tbsp. corn seedlings
  • 1 tbsp soaked seaweed
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red sweet pepper
  • 1 large lemon or small grapefruit
  • dill and parsley

Onions and peppers are cleaned and finely chopped. Greenery finely chopped. From lemon or grapefruit squeeze juice. We mix seedlings of lentils and corn, sea cabbage, onions, peppers and greens. We fill with citrus juice.