Lentils are really versatile and healthy. Yet so often people only think of using them for Indian cookery or think they lack flavour, when actually they are intrinsic in so many cuisines such as Italian and French. Think rabbit with brown lentils or guinea fowl on a bed of mixed lentils and stock. Compared to other types of dried beans, lentils are relatively quick and easy to prepare. They readily absorb flavours from other foods and seasonings, are high in nutritional value and fibre, low in fat, have a low GI and are available throughout the year.
Lentils are small but nutritionally mighty members of the legume family. They’re a superb source of cholesterol-lowering fibre and are of special benefit in managing blood-sugar disorders since their high fibre content prevents blood sugar levels from rising rapidly after a meal. Lentils also provide excellent amounts of seven important minerals, B-vitamins and protein, with virtually no fat.
KTC offers an extensive range of lentils, which can be cooked into tarka dal, vegetable moussaka, lentil bolognese or added to an array of salads. Choose from brown lentils, mung dal, chana dal, urid dal or red lentils and start experimenting with global flavours.
KTC (Edibles) Ltd, founded in 1971, is probably best known in the UK as the largest family owned manufacturer of high quality cooking oils (supplying over 250 million litres a year) and essential ingredients. In fact KTC now offers in excess of 300 food products from tinned pulses and tomatoes through to gram flour and spices, as well as the popular Caribbean brand Sea Isle. Operating from a purpose built 240,000 sq ft factory in Wednesbury and a second plant in Liverpool, KTC is a formidable supplier to the grocery trade.
KTC is available at Morrisons, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and quality Independents.