3. Combine the garlic, beets, lentils, bay leaf, a pinch of kosher salt and black pepper,1 ½ cups of water in a medium saucepot with a lid and place on high heat. Bring this mixture to a boil and turn down to a simmer. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally so nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan. The consistency of this mixture when finished should be saucy, not soupy, if it is too thick add a touch of water. While this mixture is cooking move on to the next step.