Black beluga lentils are a very popular legume in South Asia. Their name comes from the resemblence to caviar after being cooked. They are often used to make a beautiful black lentil soup. These lentils have a mild, earthly flavor and soft texture. They are a staple food for many South Asian cultures. The quick cooking and nutritious nature of black bean lentils make them a good choice for winter soups. They're delicious in chilled vegetable salads, or mixed with bread crumbs, minced onion and garlic to stuff roasted red peppers or eggplant.