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Ok, so I generally cook 1 1/4 cup lentils in 1 3/4 cup water.<br>
If I wanted to only make a 1/4 cup of lentils, how much water would I need? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":huh:">
 

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is that 1 and 3/4 cups of water.<br><br>
If so the answer is 7/20 cup of water, I think. which is about 1/3 cup of water.
 

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Just make an equation out of it:<br>
1.25 cups lentils = 1.75 cups water<br>
1.25 cups lentils / 5 = 1.75 cups water / 5<br>
0.25 cups lentils = 0.35 cups water
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>OMGvictoria</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2907484"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Ok, so I generally cook 1 1/4 cup lentils in 1 3/4 cup water.<br>
If I wanted to only make a 1/4 cup of lentils, how much water would I need? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":huh:"></div>
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Sorry, can't help, maths was never my strong point<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br>
Why don't you just put enough in to cover the lentils, then keep checking and add a little more as and when necessary? That's what I would do, anyway<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Well, the reason I usually cook them with that ratio is because I like eating my lentils like a paste. So too much water is no good, and too little water is also no good.
 

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Sometimes, for smaller quantities you need a little more water than the equation dictates, to allow for surface area and evaporation.<br><br>
When I read the directions for my oatmeal, cream of wheat, grits, rice, instant potatoes, etc... it seems like the smallest portion has a disproportionate amount of water compared to the other serving sizes.<br><br>
Example:<br>
1/2 cup dry to 1 1/4 cup water<br>
1 cup dry to 2 cups water<br>
2 cups dry to 4 cups water<br><br>
Just something to keep in mind for your lentils.
 

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So I should put like 1/3 cup of water + 2 tablespoons of water?<br>
[I usually boil them for 2 minutes and then I turn it down to low/simmer for 20 minutes with a lid ON, so evaporation is less.]
 

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I always take 1 part lentils and 2 to 3 parts water, depending on what I want to do with them. Works fine.
 

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Couldn't you just pour off the excess water at the end, and then mush them however you like? Honestly, I never measure the water when cooking lentils and they turn out fine (except once when I forgot them on the stove <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":shy:"> )
 

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Doesn't your Android have an app for that? Shoulda got an iPhone <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Doesn't your Android have an app for that? Shoulda got an iPhone <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"></div>
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Zing!!!<br><br>
Ha-ha...<br><br>
Anyways, I bet the android DOES have an app for that.
 

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I was thinking that was too little water too, but hey, if it works! I usually add twice as much water also. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Zing!!!<br><br>
Ha-ha...<br><br>
Anyways, I bet the android DOES have an app for that.</div>
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Lol <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> I just buy the canned lentils. Through em in the pan with some frozen veggies and it's ready in 3 minutes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> No effort, no applications...
 

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Lol <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> I just buy the canned lentils. Through em in the pan with some frozen veggies and it's ready in 3 minutes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> No effort, no applications...</div>
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I still have yet to buy any canned lentils.....Isa Moskawitz calls for them in her recipes....<br><br>
Frankly, I'd just make up a whole cup with 2-21/2 cups of water, and then use the rest in another recipe! It's going to be hard to keep just a 1/2 cup of water from evaporating or 1/4 cup of lentils from burning.....I know my stove cooks too hot to try that!....they'd be burnt lentils in no time flat.
 

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So just refrigerate the leftovers and use them later? How long do they last, once cooked, in the fridge?
 

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I'd say a week, or just make a pot of soup, and throw them in or make lentil burgers or a loaf....find out how much cooked lentils a recipe calls for and adjust your total amt to what you end up cooking!<br><br>
an x-amt of lentils will double when cooked. so add how ever much more you want or need to cook for another recipe, and know when it's all cooked, for your original 1/4 cup you asked about, you need 1/2 cup of the cooked lentils!
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>OMGvictoria</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2908515"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
So just refrigerate the leftovers and use them later? How long do they last, once cooked, in the fridge?</div>
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You can also freeze them if you aren't planning on using them within the week.
 
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