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#1 Hypnic Jerk

Posted 21 August 2019 - 11:21 AM

I've never cooked them before.

I'm making lentil & cauli curry - recipe on the back ofMcKenzie's packet.
The recipe says "prepare lentils according to pack preparation instructions"
these are: "add 1 cup of lentils to 3 cups of water.  Bring to boil and simmer for 20 minutes or until tender, skimming the surface if necessary"

I did this, then decided to make the rest today.

I wasn't sure if I was supposed to drain them, as they were partly disintegrated, probably overcooked?  I drained them, but kept the liquid with is now a jelly-like solid.  Should I add this back into the soup?  Or leave it out.  It's about 600ml.

#2 eponee

Posted 21 August 2019 - 11:24 AM

leave it out

#3 Etta

Posted 21 August 2019 - 11:39 AM

Do they cook again in the curry? Is there a decent amount of liquid required for the curry? You probably didn't need to cook them beforehand - the recipe may have been pre-empting you using split peas which would have needed presoaking.

#4 *Marty*

Posted 21 August 2019 - 11:40 AM

Rinse them and add.  In future, if you are cooking something for more than say 30 mins, it is not necessary to prepare them.  If you are making soup (or curry, etc) during the day to be reheated at night, the lentils will continue to cook (and soften) as the soup cools down and reheats.

The recipe sounds delish - care to share? :)

Ed to add - I am assuming you are talking about brown/green lentils?  I dont think red lentils need preparing at all.  Red lentils disintegrate when cooked.  Brown ones hold ther shape pretty much.  If the recipe calls for red lentils, in my opinion, I would not prepare them at all, I would definitely add them straight to the curry uncooked.

Edited by *Marty*, 21 August 2019 - 11:43 AM.


#5 Hypnic Jerk

Posted 21 August 2019 - 11:56 AM

I'm an idiot.

It said "preparation instructions", which are rinse and pick over for dodgy ones.  I followed the "cooking instructions".

Yellow lentils Marty.

https://www.mckenzie...w-lentil-curry/

eta, looks like it will be more of a soup than a curry, which is fine by me.

Edited by WTFJerk, 21 August 2019 - 11:57 AM.


#6 MwahMum

Posted 28 August 2019 - 04:19 PM

View PostWTFJerk, on 21 August 2019 - 11:56 AM, said:

I'm an idiot.

It said "preparation instructions", which are rinse and pick over for dodgy ones.  I followed the "cooking instructions".

Yellow lentils Marty.

https://www.mckenzie...w-lentil-curry/

eta, looks like it will be more of a soup than a curry, which is fine by me.


I did exactly the same thing. (Also felt like an idiot!)

Think they need clearer instructions...

#7 Let-it-go

Posted 28 August 2019 - 04:40 PM

I was coming in to say I’ve never precooked.  Just cook in the dish.

#8 piggyinthemiddle

Posted 28 August 2019 - 05:24 PM

I  did it too! It made a delicious "soup" :)




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