Ingredient Name: Lentils

Chinese Name: 扁豆  (biǎn dòu)

What is this?
  • Seeds of the lentil plant – which normally grow to about 15 inches in height
  • Lentil seeds are found and grown in pods
  • One of the most ideal foods for vegetarians and has been a staple diet in most Indian cuisine
  • There are over 10 different types of lentils available – with varying colours and sizes of seeds
  • Lentils are often used to prepare soups and dishes all over the world

How do I prepare it?

  • Lentils bought at supermarkets are prepackaged for soups normally have their husks removed
  • Rinse the lentils in warm water and soak for 10 minutes
  • Add directly to boiling water of your soup

Where can I buy this?

  • In most supermarkets, lentils are available in a variety of form and packaging
  • You can also purchase lentils at speciality asian stores in bulk

What is the cost?

  • A portion of 80g of lentils cost around $2 HKD

Any benefits?

  • Lentils contai 26% protein and are highly nutritious and filling
  • Lentils are also the best source of iron as a vegetable at 60% by weight
  • They are also high in dietary fibre, Fibre, Vitamin B1 and minerals

Any precautions?

  • The lentil plant is very prone to a variety of diseases, viruses and parasites
  • Be sure to purchase your lentil from a reputatble source

Additional Information?

  • Store dried lentil seeds in a dry and non-humid area
  • They can store up for 6 months in this condition