Lentils are small, round and flat and belong to the pulse family. They come in different colours and varieties. They are often used in soups but can also be used in salads and more. Both dried and canned lentils are available in most grocery stores.
Dried lentils do not need soaking before cooking but should be rinsed before cooking. Use 3 to 4 times the amount of water per each cup of lentils. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, until lentils are tender, about 40 -45 minutes for green lentils and 20 minutes for red. Drain.