Brown Lentils
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Brown Lentils are the most common variety of Lentil (see the Lentil Resource for more on Lentils like Nutrition, Cultivation, etc.). Brown Lentils are whole Lentils and are analogous to Brown Rice. With the brown hull removed, the product becomes a Red Lentil.


To ensure the best quality and shelf life of your Brown Lentils, buy Brown Lentils that have a bright uniform color; a dull color indicates a lack of freshness and vitality. Also look for Brown Lentils that are uniform in size since varied sizes result in uneven cooking times. Inspect the Brown Lentils for cracks or holes and avoid buying any packaging that has been damaged. Brown Lentils are sold whole or split into halves.


Dried Lentils are known for their long, almost indefinite shelf life. Store your dried Brown Lentils in a sealed package or airtight container in a cool and dry area, such as your pantry. Refer to the expiration dates on the package to determine how long they can be stored. For best flavor and presentation, use dried Brown lentils within one year. Fresh Brown Lentils (not dried) will last about 5-7 days in the refrigerator.For more information about Lentils, see Smart Kitchen's General Lentil Information Resource.

Culinary Uses

Brown Lentils have a mild flavor that is often described as “earthy.”Brown Lentils are typically prepped by rinsing them and Boiling is the most common cooking method. During the cooking process, the Brown Lentils absorb some of the cooking water, so it is a good idea to use a flavored cooking liquid like Court Bouillon or to flavor the Boiling Liquid with some Herbs or Vegetables that will make the Lentils even tastier.The major thing with Brown Lentils is to avoid overcooking them. If they are overcooked they become mushy. 

Nutritional Value

Brown Lentils, cooked

1 cup

(198.00 grams) Calories: 230

 Molybdenum 330%

 Folate 89.5%

 Fiber 62.5%

 Copper 55.5%

 Phosphorus 50.9%

 Manganese 49%

 Iron 36.6%

 Protein 35.7%

Vitamin B12 7.5%

 Pantothenic acid 25.2%

 Zinc 22.8%

 Potassium 20.8%

 Vitamin B620.5%


Brown Lentils are a good source of Calcium, Potassium, Niacin, Zinc and Vitamin K. They are a particularly good source of Dietary Fiber, Lean Protein, Iron and Folate.

Gluten Free


Low Fat


Low Calorie