Help! Why Do My Lentils Always Turn Out Mushy?

Help! Why Do My Lentils Always Turn Out Mushy?

Faith Durand
Mar 21, 2011

Q: There is a lentil salad at Whole Foods that I love and have wanted to try making at home but everytime I cook lentils they just end up mushy.

What am I doing wrong?

Sent by Shaina

Editor: Shaina, take a look at these instructions:

How To Cook Dried Lentils

Those should give you good results. However, having said that, know that different sorts of lentils will give you very different results. I like making red and yellow lentils, but they turn out much mushier, regardless of cooking method, than the green French lentils.

Readers, any thoughts or suggestions for Shaina? What is your favorite sort of lentils for making a lentil salad?


Related: What's the Difference? Brown, Green, and Red Lentils

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