Lentils are quite easy to cook. I often recommend starting with red split lentils, as they are quick and easy to cook. There is no need to add breastmilk to the lentils. If you want to add spices that is absolutely fine, however I do not recommend adding any salt or sugar. Things like cumin, black pepper, ginger, garlic, etc are not a concern at all.
It is important to rinse lentils very thoroughly before cooking. Be sure the water is running clear before you cook them. You can also soak lentils ahead of time, again be sure to rinse very well before cooking.
To cook the lentils:
½ cup split red lentils, rinsed.
1½ cup water
1. Rinse lentils very well
2. Add lentils and water to a pot
3. Bring water to boil
4. Simmer for about 20 minutes (stir a few times throughout cooking and add more water if necessary)
As lentils cool they clump together and become a great finger food. They do not need to be overly runny or have water added to them. Simply put them on your baby’s tray or directly on the table and let your baby explore. It will be messy, but let them do it themselves. Enjoy!
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