As a medical student and a kurd, I care a lot about what is on my plate. The smell, the texture, the consistency and the taste are a part of the basics when you want to enjoy your food. But since I also care about my health, I also think about the ingredients of the dish in front of me -and its nutritional value.
This is one of the regular dishes in Kurdistan. You can eat it in various ways and for any meal of the day. People eat it for breakfast with yoghurt or as a side dish for dinner - even with a simple cup of tea.
I will tell you about this lovely, colourful plant of the legume family. It's called lentil (lens culinaris) in English, because they are lens shaped seeds, in Czech Čočka, in French lentil, in Kurdish nesk (nazanim bo:D), in Arabic adas (from adasa), in Norwegian linse, which all give the same meaning :).