Frequently asked questions about legumes
What are red lentils?
Red lentils are made from lentils with brown to purple colored skin that are cultivated for the most part in Turkey and in India. Upon peeling, the bright orange-red core can be seen. Next, the peeled lentils are sprayed with some organic sunflower oil and polished in order to get a shiny appearance. Since the lentils have already been peeled, they can be cooked quickly without additional soaking.
Should I pour off the soaking water?
We recommend to discharge the soaking water and not to use it for cooking. The soaking water may contain dissolved dust particles and saponins that enhance foam formation during the cooking process. The legumes are also better digestible if you discharge the soaking water as indigestive substances are dissolved in the soaking water. The nutitional value of the soaking water is negligible. Legumes lose only few nutrients even when they are cooked for a prolonged time.