• India, Pakistan

Lentils were domesticated in India, which still has the most varieties of lentils. They spread to China in the east and France in the west.


  • Lentil Loaf
  • Lentil Burgers
  • Spinach Curry


  • Energy: 525-600 calories/pound (moderate)
  • Macro Nutrients (C-F-P): 70-5-25 (starch, low fat, high protein)
  • Expansion: Cooked lentils expand 2-3x volume and weight (from dry).
  • Cost: $0.25/lb cooked ($0.75/lb dry) cheap and abundant (staple).

Basic Brown Lentils

Cooked lentils keep in refrigerator up to 1 week.


  • 1-2 cups soaked lentils
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Soak dry lentils 1h in sufficient water to cover. Strain and rinse. Cook in rice cooker with 1 cup water until water evaporates.