With no soaking required and quick cooking time, lentils are one of the most convenient dried legumes.
Protein- and fiber-rich lentils are among the world's oldest cultivated crops. Their earthy flavor stands up to strong seasonings and helps make them a mainstay of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Indian cuisines.
Red lentils are slightly sweet split peas that cook in a flash. A staple of Indian cuisine, they are best for soups, purées, or dips.