We grow Spanish or Pardina lentils, it is very rare to find this variety of lentils in grocery stores in North America. It is a tiny lentil with blue/purple undertones to the brown skin and a yellow inside. This is the lentil of choice in the Mediterranean and Spain. They have a strong nutty flavor and they hold their shape very well after being cooked. This combination makes them desirable for all types of lentil recipes. The lentils are fabulous for cooking, baking and lentil soup. Their nutty flavor lends itself expertly to baked goods. These brown lentils also make the best meat substitute as they are one of the only lentils that hold their shape when cooked, from lentil tacos to lentil loaf, these lentils never disappoint. We really think our lentils are a cut above the rest. So why we do offer you brown lentils - they are not your run of the mill brown lentils they are the extraordinary Pardina lentils.
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Brown lentils are fantastic in soups, salads, tacos, brownies and more. One great thing about this lentils is that now matter how you plan to use it in you lentil recipe, the basic cooking method is the same. The only thing to keep in mind is cooking time while preparing your lentil recipe. If you are making a lentil dessert you may want to cook your lentils a little longer so they will puree easier. If you are making a lentil soup or lentil salad you will want to cook lentils till they are al dente. The other great thing about cooking lentils is that they do not need to be soaked before cooking and only need to cook for about 30 minutes. Making them quick and easy to cook. There are two popular ways to cook lentils, on the stove and in the rice cooker.
How to Cook Pardina Lentils
How to Cook Lentils on the Stove & in the Rice Cooker
Ingredients: 1 cup of lentils, 3 cups of water
Directions for Stove
- Rinse lentils in a colander under running water.
- Add water to medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling add lentils.
- Bring back to a simmer and let cook for 20-30 minutes or until desired texture is reached.
Directions for Rice Cooker
- Rinse and drain lentils.
- Add lentils to the rice cooker.
- Add 3 cups of water and place lid on your rice cooker.
- Turn on your rice cooker and let cook, about 30 minutes.
- Drain and serve or use in your lentil recipe.
Small Brown Lentil Recipes
Spanish Lentil Chili
Spinach & Mushroom Lentil Loaf