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Easy Rice Cooker Lentils (Vegan, Gluten Free, Low Sodium)

These rice cooker lentils are cooked in the rice cooker and come out with a perfect texture! Easy hands off cooking, the rice cooker does all the work.

Since we upgraded to a new fancy  rice cooker, I’ve been looking for new foods to cook it in besides rice.  Lentils seemed like the perfect candidate to try out – they’re small, cook quickly, and can be seasoned tons of different ways while cooking.  I used the standard 2:1 water:lentil ratio and added a few bay leaves and garlic cloves to the pot… which are the same seasonings I would use if cooking on the stovetop.

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They came out PERFECTLY.

They held their shape, had a nice texture, and were infused with tons of flavor from the garlic/bay leaves.

I used the standard 2:1 water:lentil ratio and put the rice cooker on the ‘Grain’ cycle.  I steamed them for about 45 minutes, and checked them about every 10 minutes towards the end so I didn’t over or under cook the lentils.  This was great as I wanted to make lentils for a recipe (Lentil Shepherds Pie) but didn’t want to dirty another pot or pay much attention to them on the stovetop.

This recipe made a ton of lentils, but I fortunately had some leftover to throw into a salad later in the week!  After using this recipe, I don’t think i will ever cook them any other way again.

What’s In These Rice Cooker Lentils?

  • 2 cups lentils, rinsed (green, brown, black, or French lentils will work)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 4 cups of water

How Do I Make These Lentils?

  1. Rinse lentils and pick out any small stones or sticks
  2. Add lentils, water, bay leaves, and garlic to the rice cooker
  3. Set rice cooker to Grain mode if you have it, or on High on close lid.
  4. Cook for 40 minutes, and check to see if lentils are done.  If they need more time, put on for another 10 minutes and check again.  Repeat every 10 minutes until lentils are finished.
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    Perfect Rice Cooker Lentils (Vegan, GF, One Pot, Low Sodium)

    Kelly Jensen
    These rice cooker lentils cooked in the rice cooker and come out with a perfect texture! Easy hands off cooking, the rice cooker does all the work.
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    Equipment

    • Rice Cooker

    Ingredients
      

    • 2 cups lentils rinsed (green, brown, black, or French lentils will work)
    • 3 bay leaves
    • 3 cloves garlic peeled
    • 4 cups of water

    Instructions
     

    • Rinse lentils and pick out any small stones or sticks
    • Add lentils, water, bay leaves, and garlic to the rice cooker
    • Set rice cooker to Grain mode if you have it, or on High on close lid.
    • Cook for 40 minutes, and check to see if lentils are done.  If they need more time, put on for another 10 minutes and check again.  Repeat every 10 minutes until lentils are finished.
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