Many people wonder if soaking lentils is necessary before using them. The answer is no.
Unlike other legumes that need to be soaked before use, lentils can be used right away. They cook much faster than other beans and soaking them will make them mushy.
Just place them in a colander, run them under cool water, and they’re ready to use.
Some people like to soak them because it makes them easier to digest and results in less flatulence.
In India, asafoetida powder is added to lentils during cooking to reduce the gassiness of the resulting dish since asafoetida has many other health benefits as well.