lentils in a glass jar on its side

Sprouted Lentils

Want to grow food but short on sunlight? Or a garden?? Sprouting lentils at home is EASY! Here's what you need to know to get started growing some food right in your own kitchen.

Keyword how to sprout lentils, sprouting lentils
Author Shannon Stonger


  • 1 cup lentils
  • 3 cups water


  1. First, add one cup dried lentils (any variety) and 3 cups water to a quart-sized jar fitted with a sprouting lid and canning ring. (See notes.) Leave this to soak for 8-12 hours.

  2. Drain the soaking water from the lentils by inverting the jar over the sink (or plant that needs watering). Rinse the lentils by adding approximately two cups of water to the jar, swirling, and draining again.
  3. Invert the jar at a 45 degree angle in a bowl. Leave it on your counter out of direct sunlight to rest for another 12 hours. Repeat rinsing and draining as stated above.
  4. Repeat the cycle of rinse, drain, rest for 12 hours until you see tiny tails beginning to emerge from the lentils, approximately 2-3 days. The lentils can be used at this point in soups and stews and the sprouts are completely undetectable to the palate.

  5. You can continue to sprout the lentils an additional two days, approximately, for longer sprouts. If the lentils have completely filled the jar by this point, simply divide the volume of lentils between two jars and continue sprouting. These are well-suited to being used in raw salads, as a raw, crunchy topping for soups, or in a quick stir-fry, much like mung bean sprouts.  

Recipe Notes

Once sprouted to your preference, lentils should be eaten that day or stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days before consuming. To keep a perpetual stock of sprouted lentils up, begin soaking another jar every 2-3 days.

You can make your own sprouting lid for pennies. Simply place a wide mouth jar upside down on some polyester window screen and trace around it. Cut out this circle and adjust if necessary to fit snugly inside a mason jar ring.