Lentil Sabzeh

by My Persian Kitchen on March 9, 2011

Last year I posted how to grow Sabzeh, Norouz Sprouts, with unpelted wheat. This year I am posting how to do the same with lentils! The process is pretty much the same! I love the fact that we have options as far as what kind of sprouts to grow!

Soak lentils for 2 or 3 days. Change water daily. (Picture taken February 24)

Place lentils in your preferred dish.  By this time little while sprouts are visible on each lentil. (Picture taken February 27)

Cover the lentils with a moist towel or paper towel. Sprinkle with water every day. During the first couple of days I just run the paper towel under water and then gently squeeze out the excess water then place it back on the lentils. Once the sprouts grow to about half an inch remove the paper towel. Continue sprinkling the lentils every day with a bit of water. Make sure that there isn’t too much water at the bottom of the dish.

Place the sprouts in a bright spot. I put mine on our dinning table across from the window where it got plenty of light but not direct sunlight.

Within a few days your spouts will grow more and more each day. Make sure to sprinkle with water daily. (Picture taken March 7)

I would say it takes about 10 to 12 days for the lentil sprouts to grow the the height of the first picture on this post. If you start your sprouts today, they will be a good size by the time Norouz rolls around in a week and half!

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Kris March 9, 2011 at 2:57 pm


Started mine last week…sprouting nicely…I always do lentil so much prettier than wheat….I keep trying to do Barley …but it never sprouts for me…I think I might be buying the wrong type of Barley ????

My Persian Kitchen March 9, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Kris, I prefer lentils too! I have never done barley before…my plan is to do that next year!!

Karen Schuld March 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Love your sprouting technique for lentils. I love growing sprouts in the dead of winter!

Mina March 17, 2011 at 3:56 am

Thanks for sharing your experiment. This year I tried mung beans ( persian mash), they grew very fast. In less than 1 week from soaking in water they reached 12 cm tall. The leaves are bigger and fewer than lentil sprouts. I live in Indonesia. Maybe the quality of beans are diffrent from Iran.

Carla D'Anna December 27, 2011 at 6:51 am

I love this. I am saving egg shells all winter with just the tip cracked off, washed and dried. I will grow wheat or lentils in some of them in spring.

Somayeh Kashi March 8, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Mina, I never tried mung beans but I have some I got from a whole foods a while back. Do you do the same as with Wheat and Lentil? Personally I like wheat but lentils are easier to come by. By the way, I love this site!!! Keep up the great work!

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