Autumn Lentil Blend
The Autumn Lentil Blend is an enticing combination of lentils in a range of fall-like colors, each adding something different to the mix. While the smaller lentils thicken and add body to soups and stews, the larger lentils retain their shape and texture.
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Sort lentils carefully and rinse thoroughly. Combine 1 cup lentils and 4 cups water in saucepan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 to 35 minutes or until tender, skimming foam from top if needed.
Storage & handling
Store in a cool, dry place.
The Autumn Lentil Blend is comprised of a mix of lentils in fall-like colors, including French green, petite crimson, golden, black lentils, Spanish pardina and ivory white lentils.
Lentils are shelled, lens-shaped legumes that are known for their quick-cooking nature and high protein content. The bushy, annual plant is a member of the legume family, growing about 16 inches tall with seed-producing pods. The dried seeds stored within those pods are the lentils themselves. After their dull-colored seed coat is removed, these vibrant, low-maintenance pearls are revealed to provide fast, easy cooking and quality nutrient supply. Lentils are part of a family of legumes collectively known as pulses, which also includes dried peas and sometimes chickpeas.
The lentil is one of the oldest cultivated legumes-even being mentioned in the Hebrew Bible-and is believed to be native to southwestern Asia and northern Syria. The word lentil stems from the Latin "lens."
Unlike their cousin, the bean, lentils do not need to be soaked and therefore are much faster to cook. They are often paired with grains or rice to provide a complete protein. Rice and lentils make up the popular Indian dish "khichdi," as well the one of the national dishes of Egypt, "kushari." About a quarter of lentil production is from India, most of which is consumed by its domestic market.
In addition to high protein and fiber content, the lentil is also packed with iron, zinc, potassium and magnesium. Eating lentils and other pulses may help reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. They are also an excellent source of folate, which is especially important during pregnancy to help prevent birth defects.
Indian Spiced Lentil Soup
This creamy, curried Autumn Lentil Blend soup is an enticing balance of complex flavors. Our Sun-Dried Tomatoes give the soup additional texture and body, while coconut milk, apple, ginger and our Hot Curry Powder give it a rich, sweet-yet-spicy flavor profile.