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Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Lentils and Legumes
Lentils and legumes help lower cholesterol, they are of special benefit in managing blood-sugar disorders since their high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising rapidly after a meal. But this is far from all lentils have to offer. Lentils also provide good to excellent amounts of six important minerals, two B-vitamins, and protein-all with virtually no fat.
Lentils cook faster than legumes. Using a pressure cooker saves a lot of time for cooking lentils and legumes. legumes require soaking overnight before cooking.
Some yummy recipes of lentils and legumes in Health Nut blog
Tangy Ural Lentil
Green Pancakes (Dosa)
Shallow fried Indian Doughnuts (Vada)
Spicy Lentil Soup(Sambhar)
Spinach Lentil soup
How to prevent gas from lentils and legumes?
What to do?
* Soak the lentils and legumes thoroughly. The soaking process dissolves gas-causing elements into the soaking water. It helps helps to get rid of those indigestible sugars.. Discard the soaking water.
* Cook the beans thoroughly, until they can be easily mashed with a fork.
* When using canned beans: drain and rinse the beans before use.