Lentil flour: benefits, uses and how to prepare it in a short time

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Lentil flour, here is a legume flour that is added to the already known chickpea flour to vary and enrich our preparations in the kitchen. You can prepare lentil flour at home quickly and easily to start using it in your cooking recipes. So you will begin to vary the menu with a new ingredient.



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Lentil flour, here is a legume flour that is added to the already known chickpea flour to vary and enrich our preparations in the kitchen. You can prepare the lentil flour at home quickly and easily to start using it in your cooking recipes.



So you will begin to vary the menu with a new ingredient.

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Properties and benefits of lentil flour

Lentil flour is a legume flour. Unlike common wheat flour, and other types of flour, such as spelled flour, it does not contain gluten. It has a higher protein content than cereal flours.

It has the benefit of enriching common mixtures based on cereal flours with useful nutrients such as vegetable proteins, iron and mineral salts that characterize this legume. There lentil flour carry with I know beneficial properties typical of these legumes.

Lentil flour contains carbohydrates but has a lower glycemic index than common cereal flours. Contains B vitamins, such as vitamins B1, B2 and B3. In addition to iron, it has mineral salts such as zinc, phosphorus, calcium and potassium.

It is rich in fiber which is useful for the good functioning of the intestine. The fibers facilitate intestinal transit and regularity. Here you are some of the main benefits of lentil flour to take into account if you decide to buy it or prepare it at home:

1) Contains antioxidants useful for preventing cardiovascular and degenerative diseases.
2) It is one source of iron, essential for the formation of red blood cells.
3) Help the pregnant women as a source of folic acid and for the correct development of the fetus.
4) As a source of fiber it helps balance levels cholesterol in the blood.
5) It also facilitates the control of levels of glucose in the blood.
6) It is a source of phosphorus, useful for bones and teeth.
7) Help maintain the efficient immune system thanks to zinc.
8) It can help for prevent constipation, thanks to the fibers.
9) Contributes to the prevention of cardiovascular disorders.
10) Easily donate a sense of satiety and can promote weight loss.



How to prepare lentil flour

Lentil flour it is prepared at home just like chickpea flour. While chickpea flour is readily available in most supermarkets, lentil flour is quite rare. Therefore the best alternative to buying ready-made flour is the self-production of lentil flour.

You can prepare your own lentil flour from dried lentils of any color and variety. You will need to have a kitchen robot, a powerful food processor or an electric coffee grinder to easily grind your lentils into flour.

You can also do the same with dried chickpeas and dried split peas that are usually found in organic shops. In this way you will always have yours available self-produced flours, conveniently ready for use in the kitchen.

Finally, an advantage not to be underestimated as regards theself-production of lentil flour and the really low cost. Common dried lentils are among the cheapest products on sale in the supermarket. Of course, lentils of particular varieties or that represent local specialties are a little more expensive, but you can always try to experiment with the preparation of lentil flour with the varieties you prefer.

How to use lentil flour

Experiment with new ones recipes with lentil flour adding a small part of it in your usual preparations and doughs. With lentil flour you can vary the preparation of bread and focaccia, but also of pizza dough.

Also think of an alternative flour, perhaps to be combined with spelled and wheat flour, to make pancakes, wraps and salty plumcakes, but also to prepare and thicken creams and velvets and in baby food (try using chickpea or lentil flour as you would to make a cream with rice flour).



This legume flour it is also suitable for the preparation of vegetable meatballs e falafel, in combination with other boiled ingredients, such as chickpeas, broad beans or potatoes. With lentil flour you can give an extra touch of flavor to the preparation of fresh homemade pasta. Lentil flour can be kept for a long time in glass jars in a cool and dry place.

Marta Albè

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