How To Sprout Lentils

As I was looking for spirulina recipes – I came across a sprouted salad recipe with a spirulina dressing.  Not sure about the dressing, but the salad looked fabulous.  I have never sprouted anything before and decided I needed to start.  I have a sprouting jar and figured it was about time I used it.  Looking at what I had to sprout – I decided on lentils.  Sprouting increases the nutritional value of the food.  I highly recommend.  Reading a section of Nourishing Traditions – the process of sprouting increases the amount of Vitamin C available, as well as vitamins B2, B5, and B6*. The process of sprouting also eliminates phytic acid, which prevents the absorption of nutrients when ingested.

Sprouted Lentils

Items Needed

Sprouting jar or jar with cheese cloth

1. Place 1/2 cup of lentils and 2 cups of water in the sprouting jar.  Let soak for for 12 hours (overnight works great)





2. Drain water.  Rinse and drain the lentils.  Place in a cool, dark place.  You will want to rinse and drain the lentils in the morning and at night.  After about the 3rd or 4th day they are ready.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

3. Once they have sprouted to your liking – you need to dry them before storing in fridge.  I spread them out on a dish cloth and allowed to dry.  I then placed in a produce bag and put in the crisper drawer of the fridge.

These are great by themselves, added to a sandwich or a salad.  Stella loves them!  They had a nice crunch to the food and the flavor is wonderful.

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5 Responses to How To Sprout Lentils

  1. Candace says:

    This is a fabulous blog… I am eager to try doing this myself, as I have had the good fortune of being able to purchase sprouted lentils, but will now try my own!Thank you for this…great photos and delicious looking salad.

    • simply0637 says:

      So easy! Stella just grabs a handful and eats them as she goes along doing other things – wonderful!

  2. Jo says:

    Easy and healthy….good combo. xox

  3. Great photos of how to sprout lentils. You might be interested in a post I just wrote about using sprouted lentils to reduce the cost of meat Tip to Cut Meat Costs . The post also talks about the potential risk of eating raw sprouts especially if for pregnant women, young children, the elderly or those who are immune compromised.

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