Lentils with rice - cook the lentils first?

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Hi :)

The rice I make (wild) takes about 40 min. to cook. I usually make it with beans (raw from a bag), which I first soak, and then cook separately, until they are almost fully cooked. I then throw them in with the rice, and they finish there.

If I throw uncooked lentils in with the rice from the start, will they cook in time? Or should I cook them first? Also, do I need to soak them?

Thanks in advance.
 
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Most lentils take around 40-45 minutes to cook. So it will probably work. 
 
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I have made brown rice with black eye peas, they went in dry and cooked through with the rice in the oven for about an hour.
 
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Depends what kind of lentils. Most lentils I cook for 15-20 minutes. Green lentils more like 25-30 minutes. I would cook the lentils first. Pour the water off but save the water for the cooking rice. Spread the lentils out to cool off while rice cooks. Add to rice at end.
 
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I would also cook them seperately, as I have had lentils that needed hours to cook.

I just assumed that they must have been very old....
 
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So, wound up throwing the lentils in with the rice, and they were actually a bit overcooked. But that's ok; I learned something here. Next time, will throw them in with about 20 min to go.

Thanks for the replies! :)
 
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I would also cook them seperately, as I have had lentils that needed hours to cook.

I just assumed that they must have been very old....
Did you add salt to the water by any chance? That does slow down the cooking of the lentils...
 
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Did you add salt to the water by any chance? That does slow down the cooking of the lentils...
No, didn't put anything in it except for lentils and water.

And even though, I use river water, it is incredibly clear (and yes, it is safe to drink, got it tested).

No chlorine, no fluorides, just plain old water /img/vbsmilies/smilies/peace.gif

The only thing I could come up with was the age of the lentils.

They took about 5 hours to cook and still were not mushy (orange lentils).

In the end, it did make the most awesome lamb, lentil, tomato soup though
 
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