Looking to store uncooked lentils for months, but worried about insects and bugs spoiling the grains? Expert chef and author Pankaj Bhadouria has a few tricks up her sleeve. First things first, always store lentils in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Here are her expert tips:
Sun-dry the lentils for a day before you store them. This will get rid of any dampness in them and prevent any insect infestation. This will also prolong their shelf-life.
Mix some turmeric in your uncooked lentils. The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, is a natural disinfectant and when sprinkled on and combined with dals will inoculate the grains from bugs and insects. Plus, turmeric smells pleasant, has a nice colour and extends the shelf-life of the lentils.
Rub the uncooked dal with just a few drops of mustard oil.Mix well so that the lentils are coated with a layer of the oil. This will help the lentils maintain their quality irrespective of humidity. Also, the pungent smell of mustard oil will keep insects at bay.
Place the daal in an airtight glass container.Before securing the lid, thrust a few dried red chillies or dried curry or neem leaves into it. This is an effective way to prevent insect and bug infestation.
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