Hi Angela, I'm wondering if green lentils would substitute well for red lentils in your Glowing Spiced Lentil Soup
. Is there a difference between red and green lentils?
Hi Brandon, Great question! Red lentils are perfect for thickening and providing body to soups and curries (such as in my Glowing Spiced Lentil Soup
and Golden Red Lentil Dal
) and are also thought to be the sweetest and nuttiest of the lentil family. They break down while cooking and are not supposed to hold their shape. Green or brown lentils are somewhere in between—they do break down a bit, but they also hold their shape slightly better than red lentils while cooking (depending on how long you cook them, of course). I like to use green and brown lentils in veggie burgers and lentil loaves. While I haven’t tried using green or brown lentils in this soup, I do think it should work (the flavour will change a bit—green and brown lentils are a bit earthier tasting, but still delicious). French green lentils (or Le Puy lentils) are great for when you want the lentils to hold their shape (such as in a salad or pasta). I love using French green lentils in my Roasted Potato and Asparagus Lentil Salad
. I hope this helps and that you’ll be enjoying a delicious bowl of soup very soon! Be sure to let us know how it goes.