Heat oil in a medium-sized pot, add onion and garlic and heat on low until the onions become translucent (it's important to keep it on the lowest heat setting because garlic burns really easily!).
Add a pinch or two of curry powder, coat onions and garlic and sautee for one more minute or until the spice starts to dye them.
Now add the lentils and water according to the packaging (mine suggested 1 cup of lentils and 3 cups of water), bring to a boil and add the rest of the spices.
Stir, cover, turn the heat back down to low and let simmer for 20-30 minutes or until lentils are tender.
Drain most of the water and serve over rice or with pita or naan bread and enjoy!
*you can use any spices you have laying around, really. I just sifted through my cupboards and found that these work really well together, but feel free to experiment, add veggies, whatever you like :).