SWAD Masoor Matki also known as whole red lentil. These lentils are crimson, which is a deep orange-red color. Whole Red Lentils are tiny lens-shaped pulses which are great for absorbing flavor and spice. A pulse is the dried seed of any legume, such as beans and peas. Lentils are the seed of a small shrub and are dried after harvesting. Lentils have been eaten and originated in South-western Asia along the Indus River. They are a staple food for many South Asian cultures. Like all lentils, they're really healthy - a great source of protein and fiber. They retain their shape when cooked, and have a wonderful, nutty, earthy flavor.