Green Estoria Lentils are the seed of a small shrub and are
dried after harvesting. They are a staple food for many South Asian
cultures. The Latin word for lentil, lens, was used in the 17th
century to describe eye glasses because of the similarity in shape.
The nature of the legume is such that when cooked they loose their
shape and are therefore an excellent choice for thickening soup.
Lentils are often cooked with curry spices and served with rice in
many south Asian countries.