For 4 servings:
- Pick over the lentils and remove any stones etc. if needed. Rinse well.
- Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Once oil is hot, add the onion and carrots. Cook for a few minutes, until the vegetables have started to soften, then add the garlic.
- Add the lentils, bay leaf, and water to the pot. Simmer over low-medium heat for 20-30 minutes, until lentils are softened.