I posted this an hour ago and not one GTer has answered my question to help me cook lentils:
Yes, I realize there was a typo in there, but do none of you have a heart? Help me live in squalor and cook lentils!
ETA: I ended up cooking them with potatoes, asparagus, onions, and garlic in some coconut milk with curry powder and garam masala. Yum yum! And pretty easy :)