Editor`s notes: Lentils, like beans are legumes that are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fibre.
They prevent blood sugar levels from rising quickly after meals and provide steady energy.
They are an excellent source of B-vitamins and protein with minimum fat.
They contain significant amounts of folate and magnesium that help prevent heart disease.
They are an ideal food for weight watchers. It is also high in iron content and prevents anaemia in menstruating women.
Cooking tips: Soak lentils in water overnight. The next day, drain and tie up in a muslin cloth for up to 12 hours to let it sprout. Sprouted lentils release enzymes that are very good for your health. Add them to your salads, sandwiches, uttapam or curries for that extra crunch and nutrition.