1. Food
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Discuss in my forum

Lentil Measures, Equivalents and Substitutions

How many lentils do you need?

By

Lentils
Riou/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Lentil Measures, Equivalents, and Substitutions

The lowly lentil has been sustaining man for thousands of years. Some foodies once considered lentils as poor man's food and refused to eat them because they are so inexpensive. Although they may be cheap, lentils are very nutritious, filling, and more importantly, arguably the most flavorful of all the legumes.

These measures will help you determine how many lentils you need for your recipe. For the most part, you can substitute any color lentil for another, although some do cook up firmer than others.

• 1 cup dry lentils = 2 to 2-1/2 cups cooked
• 1 pound dried lentils = 2-1/4 cups dry
• 1 pound dried lentils = 4 servings
• 1 pound dried lentils = 5 cups cooked

More About Lentils and Lentil Recipes:

Lentil Selection and Storage
Lentil Cooking Tips and Preparation
Lentil Equivalents
Lentil History
Lentil Recipes
Lentil Photo © 2007 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Cookbooks

Mollie Katzen's Vegetable Heaven
Perfect Vegetables: A Best Recipe Classic
A Fistful of Lentils
366 Delicious Ways to Cook Rice, Beans, and Grains
More Cookbooks
  1. About.com
  2. Food
  3. Home Cooking
  4. Cooking Resources
  5. Measures
  6. Food Equivalents
  7. Lentil Measures, Equivalents, and Substitutions

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.