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The 5 Main Types of Lentils

 Dried lentils should be a staple of every pantry, since they're so earthy, hearty and cheap! Apart from being absolutely delicious, they are also very high in minerals, protein and fiber. Lentils also provide you with an energy boost and are great for your heart, too. Below, you'll find the 5 most common types of lentils available, so keep reading to find out all about them!

 

1. Brown Lentils
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Brown lentils are by far one of the most popular types of lentils that can be found in the United States. Most grocery stores stock them, and they are a type of lentil that holds its shape very nicely once cooked. They have a mild and earthy flavor and can be used as a natural thickener when making veggie burgers or soup.

2. Green LentilsLentils

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Green lentils are another popular type of lentil found in the USA. Their flavor is slightly spicy and they have a rather firm texture. However, they do unfortunately have the lengthiest cooking time out of all the varieties (about 40 minutes). These lentils are perfect as a warm side dish or in a French-style, too.

3. Red LentilsLentils

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Red lentils are small split lentils that you can cook really quickly. They're commonly used in Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Indian dishes and become soft when cooked. This makes them ideal to use in soups, purées, and stews.

4. Yellow LentilsLentils

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Yellow lentils are very similar to red lentils, however, they have a vibrant bright yellow color. They're nutty, sweet and only take around 15 minutes to cook. Yellow lentils are commonly used in certain Indian dishes, such as Yellow Lentil Dal with Curry.

5. Black LentilsLentils

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Black lentils, also commonly known as beluga lentils, are unique black lentils that look a lot like beluga caviar. They have a rich and earthy flavor, a firm texture, and are by far the most nutritious out of all types of lentils. They make the perfect side dish to be paired with chicken or fish.

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