Black Beluga Lentils are tiny, jet-black, lens-shaped legumes that are known for their nutrient density and striking visual appeal, similar to beluga caviar. They have a mild, earthy flavor and firm texture, holding their shape well through the cooking process. Black lentils are less common than red, yellow and green lentils. With an average of 24% protein, black lentils are believed to have the highest protein content of all lentil varieties.
Rinse thoroughly. Bring 4 cups water to boil in saucepan. Slowly stir in 1 cup lentils. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until lentils are still firm, but cooked through about 25 minutes. Do not overcook. Drain lentils and rinse with cold water. Season with salt. Refrigerate until serving.