The culinary teacher where I work (former Disneyworld chef) gave me this recipe that has been in my rotation. It's delicious without the bacon. With, I thought had too many competing flavors. I freeze it in one cup portions to eat for lunch.
1 bag lentil
5 slices bacon, small dice (if don’t want bacon, butter or oil instead)
3 cloves garlic
1 large onion, small dice
2 large carrot, small dice
2 ½ tbsp curry powder
64 oz chicken stock or water (adjust if need more or less)
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
Cook the bacon or melted the butter/oil, add onion, carrot, and garlic for 10 minutes.
Add curry powder and stir for 1 to 2 minutes
Add chicken stock or water, bring to boil then turn down to simmer about an hour or the lentils are tender.
Adjust salt/pepper as you like.