Lentils are small, disk-shaped dried legumes, prized for their rich, earthy flavor when cooked. Lentils are available in several colors, including brown, red, green and yellow.
To sort and rinse dried lentils:
Spread the lentils in a single layer on a platter or tray. Pick out and discard any discolored and misshapen lentils and impurities such as small stones and fibers. Transfer the lentils to a colander or sieve. Rinse well under cold running water.For other bean varieties, see adzuki, borlotti, cannellini, cranberry, fava, flageolet, Great Northern, green, Italian green, kidney, lima, pinto, red, white (navy), and yellow wax beans and chickpeas and green lentils.