In a nonstick pan heat up the olive oil and add thebay leafand chopped onion. Sauté for about 10 minutes until the onion is brown, then add the chopped garlic. Add all remaining spices; garlic, onion,paprika,marash chile,cumin, black pepper and salt, and gently mix. Now add the lentils and water and thoroughly blend the mixture. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to low. Cook for about 35 minutes until the water is absorbed. Remove the bay leaf before serving.
Serve as a main course with fresh, green salad, or as a side dish with grilled fish or chicken.