Black Lentils are grown in India and the Mid-eastern region of the world. Black
lentils look like shiny black pearls and are called Beluga caviar because it resembles the caviar in looks. They are tiny and become very tender when cooked. It takes 30 to 40 minutes cooking to become tender. Black lentils hold their shape when cooked. In India they make dal makhani (butter) or are sometimes used in salads. A split version of this is called urad dal. They are abundant in anthocyanin an antioxidant found in blue or purple foods. Black lentils are high in protein, fiber, low-fat and low in calories. It protects against heart disease and improves glycemic control. So very good for people with diabetes.
It can easily be stored in a dark place in the pantry for up to one year.