Heat the oil in a sauté pan over medium heat and cook the onions for 4 minutes.
Add the garlic and cook an additional minute.
Place the onion mixture with the remaining ingredients in a crockpot and stir.
Cover and cook the lentils on high heat for 4 hours or low heat for 8 hours or until lentils are tender.
Top with desired accompaniment and serve.*
You can also place all of the ingredients in a large pot over low to medium heat and cover for 90 minutes or until tender.