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Lentil Measures, Equivalents and Substitutions

How many lentils do you need?


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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
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