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Deepa what inspired you to create these Lentil Krispies? 

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Deepa what inspired you to create these Lentil Krispies? 

I was inspired by traditional legume-based snacks found around the world. For example, the Mexicans have guasanas, the Afghanis have kabuli chana; the Japanese and the Chinese have wasabi pea, edamame and soy nuts; the Iranians, the Syrians and the Turkish people have leblebi, which are roasted and spiced chickpeas;and the Indians have chivda, which contains savory puffed-rice, lentil crisps, nuts, and dry fruits. Traditionally, these snacks can be prepared quickly from ingredients commonly available at home and are often served in a paper cone and eaten by pouring it in the palm of your hand. It is quite a sensory experience! We use a traditional recipe to make our krispies in small batches and we hope you will enjoy a handful a day!

 

We have heard of lentil soup but never Lentil Krispies, what makes these different? 

Most of us have eaten lentils in soups, salads, or burgers. Compared to chickpeas, beans, and peas, lentils are the most nutritious legume. I thought it would be unique if lentils were crispy, crunchy, and more flavorful. This way, more people can enjoy lentils while deriving their health benefits. Our team has worked hard for several years to get the perfect texture and flavor to create these patented, turmeric-infused, lentil krispies.

Deepa, the Krispies packet says "prebiotic"? What does that mean?

Prebiotics are the new kid on the block. They are special fibers that feed the probiotic bacteria in your digestive system. Taking probiotic supplements without eating prebiotic fiber is like inviting guests for a dinner party and not serving any food. Now that‚Äôs a sad party¬†ūüôĀ.¬†Our proprietary patented process preserves the prebiotic fiber naturally found in lentils. Thus, when eaten with a probiotic source, it is like a party in your stomach ūüėä.

I received my Krispies today and noticed that they are a different color than my previous order. Why is that?

We make our krispies in small batches and use spices that are available from local vendors. Natural colors are not always consistent. Temperatures affect the color of crops.  For example, red chili-powder can be darker or lighter depending on the weather conditions. Since chili powder is used in creating these Krispies, you will see a variation in color.

Hey Deepa, I heard you say Cinna Vanilla Krispies can be eaten as a "cereal", but lentils for breakfast, really?

Ancient cultures from Africa, Asia, the Mediterranean, and South America all have lentils as part of their daily meals. In many cultures, a baby’s first meal is roasted lentils and rice with a dash of herbs and spices. Unlike other lentil cereals around, our Cinna Vanilla Lentil Krispies are minimally processed (we do not use an extruded process). Krispies are a source of plant protein, prebiotic fiber, iron, non-soluble fiber, and contain no added sugar. Additionally, they have the perfect crunchy texture to give you a strong start for your day.

Usually, beans give me lot of digestive discomfort. Can I eat these lentil based products?

Among all the legumes, lentils are the easiest to digest and are gentle on the stomach. If you are new to eating legumes, then we recommend starting with 1-2 teaspoons of Lentil Krispies at a time and build your tolerance slowly. If eating power meals, then start by introducing smaller quantities to your daily diet.

I heard that the ‚Äúlectins‚ÄĚ found in beans and lentils are bad for you? What are lectins?

Yes, we heard that too. Lectins are bad only if you are eating raw beans and lentils. We soak and cook our lentils and remove all the lectins in our product.

Are these products suitable for a Whole-Foods-Plant-Based-Diet lifestyle?

All of our products are vegetarian/vegan. The only product with oil is our Turmeric Chili Lentil Krispies (we use a small amount of oil). All of our other products are oil-free.

What are the ingredients in the natural flavor used in Smokey Hickory Flavor?

Salt, Yeast Extract, Tapioca, Dextrose, Organic Sunflower Oil, Silicon Dioxide, Torula Yeast, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Vitamin E.

What are Idlis? How can that wrap become a rice cake?

Idli is a traditional breakfast food made with rice and lentils. However, in our special formula, we use ancient grains and lentils instead of rice, making it more nutritious and low-glycemic. Idli batter needs to be fermented to unlock its nutritional value. The same batter can be used to make the wraps. To learn more about fermentation, please check out our Fermentation section.

I've heard about Fermentation. What's it all about?

Through Fermentation, you are taking nutrition and nourishing to the next level! This is a method of food preservation that dates back as early as 6000 B.C., in which organic acids and gut-friendly bacteria are produced while the endogenous toxins are removed. I grew up eating a lot of these traditional fermented recipes and noticed that they can be intricate and need a delicate balance of various ingredients. I wanted to make these recipes accessible and therefore spent time improvising them to meet the current demands of day-to-day life.  Inspired by a traditional recipe, I came up with the perfect recipe for a fermented batter. Fermenting the Super Grain mix is a unique experience and it's all happening in real time. There are no shortcuts, so it's important to be patient, respect the process, and enjoy the ride!  

Can you make Idli/Wrap without fermenting?

Fermentation will help create the most nutritious idlis and wraps. To make Idlis, the fermentation step is a must. However, for wraps, instead of fermenting, you can just soak the mix for 8-10 hours, grind it, and then use it.

How should I set up the fermentation process? 

Fermenting can be tricky. It can take couple attempts to find your ‚Äúwarm spot‚ÄĚ, but here are some tips to make it a success. Make sure you use a large container with a plate underneath since the batter may overflow. Also, be sure to add sea salt and mix well before you keep it for fermentation.

How do I ensure that batter rises well during Fermentation?

Fermentation requires the right temperature and moisture. Please make sure the batter is not too finely-ground and too thin. The consistency should be similar to pancake batter. Please make sure that you are leaving the batter to ferment in a warm spot. Here are some suggestions:

    • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees for 5 minutes, turn the oven OFF, and leave the batter in for 10- 12 hrs and allow to ferment. Next day, if it has not risen, then warm up the oven again for few minutes and keep it in the oven for another hour or so.
    • Alternatively, you can also cover the container and keep it near the heat vent to ferment overnight

    Why is there a light tan/brown color layer on the batter after fermentation?

    Sometimes, if the temperature is too warm or if the batter is left out for a longer time (more than 12- 14 hours), then you will notice a tan color along with an intense sour smell. Gently mix the batter and proceed with the recipe. However, if you still notice the foul smell after stirring, then discard the batter.

    Is it normal to see water seperating from the batter after fermentation?

    Yes. Gently mix the batter. Avoid over stirring as you do not want to lose all the bubbles!

    How long does batter stay in the refrigerator?

    The batter will stay well for 2-3 days. Bring it to room temperature before using it.

    Can I ferment Power Wrap mix?

    Yes! Make sure to add adequate water to achieve a thin-consistency batter. Then, soak and ferment the mix for 8-10 hours. Once fermented, proceed with the recipe.

    What is the Flax Chutney?

    Traditionally, Idli or lentil wraps are eaten with a wet or dry chutney. Dry chutneys are a combination of dry lentils, nuts, seeds, various spices, and salt. Our flax chutney is the perfect combination of flax seeds, sea salt, and spices. You can sprinkle it on your wraps or vegetables.

    Are your products allergen-free?

    All of our products are soy-, dairy-, and corn-free. We use coconut in our Turmeric Chili flavor. All our ingredients are naturally gluten free, we are in the process of testing them for gluten.

    Deepa, where I can go to learn more about specific ingredients and health benefits? 

    Check out our Research page to learn more about the benefits of growing lentils and their role in human health and the impact on the environment. I periodically add new content that is worth exploring!

    Deepa, how can I reach you to ask additional questions?

    We are here to help! Send us an email at  deepa@nutritionistdeepa.com we will get back to you promptly.