I had lentils for the first time yesterday and they were damn tasty. I couldn't believe that per 100g I was getting 23g of protein and 14g of fibre (or something like that). They're quite calorific, but with so much protein and fibre I couldn't understand why I hadn't been recommended to try them earlier. They seem an ideal runner food- so I was wondering whether there was a catch. I'm injured at the moment so won't go mad on them as they're quite calorific.
Anybody else a fan of them?
ever eaten and Indian daal?? if so, then you've had lentils....
they are a very nutritious foodstuff - and very tasty if cooked well. superb in all sorts of dishes, many of Indian sub-continent origin but also used extensively in France and Italy. search out Puy lentils from France - really nutty taste.
Calorific- really? How calorific? 230 kcal for a (nearly) 200g portion. I doubt you could find a lower calorie source of protein (maybe Quorn?)
I dress them with some balsamic vinegar and a little olive oil, when still warm. Yum.
I guess so Dan- it seems I was misinformed, I think what I meant is that they are a very high source of carbohydrate.
I love them in Indian food, and lentil and tomato soup
For an easy lentil sauce, try Ainsley Harriot's packet of South Indian lentil sauce (or something like that).
Get some chick peas mixed in too... tomatoes, spices, any veg you've got lying around. Basmati or brown rice for the side. Easy and lovely and good for you.
I recently rediscovered them after a decade's break from cooking my own.
That is the cooked weight, though, so includes a lot of water; Wikipedia says 100g dry = 355kcal which is slightly lower than quite a few foodstuffs, but not incredibly so.
i am eating them as i type!! tinned toms, red lentils, chickpeas, veg and quorn all in a pot and leave for about 15 mins. ta dah!! delish.
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