Preheat the broiler. In a medium saucepan, combine the lentils with the carrot, onion, bay leaf, 1 teaspoon of the garlic and 1 teaspoon of salt. Add enough cold water to reach 2 inches above the lentils. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to moderately low and simmer until the lentils are tender but still hold their shape, about 25 minutes. Drain well. Transfer the lentils to a bowl and discard the bay leaf; keep warm.