Can you substitute green lentils for red?

Can you substitute green lentils for red?

You can substitute other lentils, though their texture and flavor will differ some. French green lentils can sub in salad and side dishes but red lentils, which also fall apart during cooking, are a better substitute in a soup.

Are green lentils better than red?

In general, the brown and green varieties retain their shape well (some more fully than others), whereas the hulled and, most particularly, split red and yellow lentils tend to disintegrate and, therefore, are best for soups or in applications where they'll be pureed.

How are red lentils different?

Red or "split" lentils (they're actually a bright orange color) are different from all the other types in two important respects. They need much less cooking time (less than ten minutes). And they disintegrate into a mush when cooked. Because of this second point, red lentils are unsuitable for most lentil recipes.