How to Sprout Lentils
Sprouted lentils are a microgreen. What is a microgreen? Microgreens are young vegetable greens that are approximately 1-3 inches tall. To grow microgreens let your sprouts develop a 1-3 inch tail. Both microgreens and sprouts are delicious and pair well with sandwiches, salads, and Buddha bowls.
Sprouting lentils at home is easy, requires minimal equipment and is inexpensive. It is definitely cheaper than buying sprouts at the supermarket, home sprouted lentils are versatile and packed with flavor and nutrition.
When purchasing lentils for sprouting or making microgreens you will need to make sure that they are non-irradiated. Food irradiation (the application of ionizing radiation to food) is a technology that improves the safety and extends the shelf life of foods by reducing or eliminating microorganisms and insects. This process sterilizes a bean or lentil so that they cannot sprout.
Without further ado, here is our simple guide on how-to sprouting lentils. This method works well for red, gold, green, brown and black lentils. This will also work for beans, everything from chickpeas to black beans.
- Place 1/2 cup of lentils in a quart jar and cover with 2 cups water .
- Cover the top of the jar with cheesecloth(sometimes I use a clean thin washcloth) and secure with a rubber band.
- Let sit in water overnight(12 hours).
- The next day drain off water.
- Rinse and drain once or twice daily and keep out of sunlight.
- On the third day (some people wait till the 4th) you will have sprouts with about a 1/4-1/2" tail on them. They are ready!
- Place in glass jar or plastic jar or bag.
- They shouldn't be too wet. I use the jar that I used to sprout with.
- Keep in fridge.