rafa asked in Food & DrinkCooking & Recipes · 2 months ago

What is in my lentils? ?

I boiled some lentils and saw this. What is that??? 

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8 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    They are sprouts from the lentils

  • denise
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    They are sprouts from the lentils.

  • 2 months ago

    they are sprouting. 

  • kswck2
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    You lentils were harvested too late. They have begun to grow. 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Hi, they're just lentil sprouts, like bean sprouts, but tinier!  The heat from the boiling water sets the lentil sprouting and then the heat gets too hot and kills/cooks the lentil.  It's just what lentils do.  Some brands chemically treat their legumes to prevent this but that involves adding chemicals for no good reason.  Quinoa is also infamous for sprouting while cooking.  It freaks people out who've never seen it before.

    Line drawing and photo in link below with all the parts labelled:

  • 2 months ago

    Your lentils seem to be on the verge of sprouting.

    If you'd like, try a Google image search on "lentil sprout day one".

    Images of lentils with a few more sprouts from your beans will come up in a heap.

    If you just happen to soak your lentils in water for a long time before cooking them, that's a sign that the lentils were fresh. There's nothing to worry about.

    Rather, beans are known to have an increase in special health benefits when they sprout.

    You will be rather healthy.

    However, lentils are beans that do not need to be submerged in water before cooking, you may cook them right away next time.

    What you need to be careful about is if the lentils have sprouted on their own during storage.

    Lentils should be dry while in storage.

    Normally, lentils should take three or four days to germinate with sufficient moisture.

    If the stew tastes something dusty or musty, check the lentil storage container.

    If you can taste it without any problems, then the protrusion is just an optional gift.

    Some people go to the trouble of sprouting the beans before eating them. 

    Bon appétit!

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    It looks like a rat's eyeball.   At least it does to me.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Omigosh - you got seaweed in your lentils

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