This was my first time to cook with red lentils, so I didn't know what to expect. I was a bit sad that they lost that pretty color when cooked, but these things happen. I did find the cooking time for the vegetables too short for my taste, so cooked them in the soup longer. The flavor didn't really wow me at first tasting, but improved greatly after the addition of some chopped cilantro/fresh coriander leaves. Thank you for a nice lunch.