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Lentils, red (masoor dal)

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Lentils should not be eaten raw, due to the presence of anti-nutrients such as phytic acid and tannins; some types of lentils require soaking overnight before cooking as well.

Red lentils require a short cooking time as their husks have been removed, about 10 minutes and have a distintive earthy flavour.

Lentils are used to prepare an inexpensive and nutritious soup all over Europe and North and South America, sometimes combined with some form of chicken or pork. In rare cases the lentils are mixed with dairy and cheese.

Many East Indians are vegetarian and lentils have long been a part of the East Indian diet as an excellent source of healthy protein.

## Nutrition Value and Health Benefits

Lentils contain high levels of proteins, including the essential amino acids isoleucine lysine, and are an essential source of inexpensive protein in many parts of the world for those who adhere to a vegetarian diet.

Lentils are deficient in two essential amino acids, methionine and cystine. However, sprouted lentils contain sufficient levels of all essential amino acids, including methionine and cystine.

In addition to high levels of proteins, lentils also a good source of dietary fiber, folate, vitamin B, and minerals.

Red (or pink) lentils contain a lower concentration of fiber than green lentils (11% rather than 31%). Health magazine has selected lentils as one of the five healthiest foods.

Lentils are often mixed with grains, such as rice, which results in a complete protein dish.

Lentils are one of the best vegetable sources of iron. This makes them an important part of a vegetarian diet, and useful for preventing iron deficiency. Iron is particularly important for adolescents and pregnant women, whose requirements for it are increased.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup (192g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 677Calories from Fat 18
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 2.0g 3%
Saturated Fat 0.3g 1%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 11mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 115.4g 38%
Dietary Fiber 59g 234%
Sugars 3.9
Protein 49.5g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 14%
Calcium 11% Iron 80%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Lentils, red (masoor dal) is usually found in the rice & beans section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Lentils, red (masoor dal) is a member of the Legumes and Legume Products USDA nutritional food group.

How much does lentils, red (masoor dal) weigh?

measure grams
1 cup 192
1 tbsp 12

In Chinese:扁豆,红(masoor DAL)
British (UK) term: Lentils, red (masoor dal)
en français:lentilles, rouge (masoor dal)
en español:lentejas, rojo (dal masoor)

Recipes using lentils, red (masoor dal)

There are 68 recipes that contain this ingredient.

Butternut, Chickpea and Lentil Curry
Cauliflower and Red Lentil Curry
Chickpea, Lentil and Winter Squash Stew
Curried Cashew Burgers
Lentil Bobotie
Vegetarian Cottage Pie

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