Brown lentils have a distinctive nutty flavor and hold their shaper when cooked. Like other lentils, they are low in calories and fat, but high in fiber and protein. Brown lentils are commonly used in Ethiopian, Indian, and Mediterranean cuisines. They can be mixed with finely chopped onions, tart green apples and kale, with a vinaigrette dressing to make a healthy salad. Brown lentils cook quickly so they are excellent for making hearty winter soups, pasta dishes. and is one of the most popular ingredients in Ethiopia & Eritrea cuisine.