I am quite fastidious about how to cook beans and lentils as I do not like experiencing the common thing we all associate beans with…GAS! I can now feel good after eating beans and lentils because there is not all that gas and smelly farts.
So, here is what I do. This is so simple to do and for sure worth the extra time it takes to eat gas-free beans and lentils.
The first very important thing to do is to wash the beans or lentils with cold water and then soak them overnight in three times the amount of water.
Now let them soak overnight.
Now they are ready for you to cook them.
How to Cook Beans & Lentils
- Wash the beans or lentils in cold water and soak them overnight in three times the volume of water.
- The next day, pour off the water.
- Place them in to a pot and cover with water 1 inch above the level of the beans.
- Bring the pot to a boil.
- Let them simmer with the lid ajar.
- Skim off the foam.
- Add more water to the pot if necessary. Beans and lentils should always be covered with water while they are cooking.
- The cooking time will vary according to the type, size, and age of the bean or lentil.
- Most beans will need approximately 2 hours of cooking time. Lentils will take between 30 minutes to one hour.
- Beans or lentils should be soft when they are fully cooked. This is the stage that you can add salt, other seasonings and vegetables.
Note: Do not add salt while cooking as above only when they are fully cooked.
Here are some very tasty vegan bean and lentil recipes:
Chili con Vege – This is my very tasty Vegan Chili recipe which is always enjoyed whenever I serve it. It is very healthy and it is vegan and gluten-free too.
Adzuki Vegetable Bean Stew – This is a simple recipe with one of the easiest to digest beans; adzuki beans. I love Adzuki beans and this tasty stew is filling and delicious.
White Bean and Asparagus Stew – I created this White Bean and Asparagus Stew recipe out for the first time on two dinner guests. That was rather brave!
Butter Bean Dip – This butter bean dip is a very tasty, healthy and vegan. The creamy texture makes it good for as a dip. Also, very easy to make
Delicious Black Bean Stew – This stew is easy to make and filled with nutritious ingredients.
White Bean Vegetable Stew – How about a very yummy, healthy protein meal filled with vegetables. This stew is high in potassium for those of you who need a boost in that area. Also, half a cup of white beans is loaded with close to 100 mg of calcium.
Lentil Stew – Lentil soup has all the benefits of the mighty powerfood lentils plus much more. And it tastes great.
Red Lentil Soup – This is an easy powerfood soup to make. You will be amazed by the great taste. It’s truly unique!