How to cook lentils

Looking to make a batch of green, brown or puy lentils? See how to prepare and cook this versatile ingredient with our step-by-step video.

Lentils are a versatile and nutritious pulse that can can be used in everything from dhals to soups. See how to prepare a batch of green, brown or puy lentils with our handy video.


You don’t have to soak lentils, but if you’d like to, it’ll reduce the cooking time by about half. Before cooking, rinse lentils in cold water, pick over to remove debris, then drain. Lentils are also great in the pressure cooker; cook for around 20-30 mins (depending on the type).


See our basic lentils recipe or our lentil recipe collection for dishes like traybakes and one-pots.