My sister and I are having a disagreement about this. We both make skillet-roasted lentils for snacks or to toss in salads; (
I boil mine, dry them, then put them in the skillet with spices until they're slightly charred and crispy. She does the same but without boiling or drying them. Basically she's just cooking raw dried lentils.
I've read on dozens of sites not to eat them raw, and every recipe I've looked at says to boil them first to avoid gastrointestinal distress. But is cooking them her way also safe? I haven't found any recipes that call for anything other than boiling them first. (Her daughter is eating about a pound a week right now while she studies, flavoring them with garlic, hot sauce, etc. and has had no trouble, but I don't want to risk it.)
Frankly I'd much rather skip the boiling and drying steps, but not if it makes me sick!
Thoughts? Anyone know?