Step One: Heat oil.
Step Two: Add garlic, ginger, onions. Stir 2-3 minutes until onions begin to brown.
Step Three: Add curry powder, 1-2 min, stirring constantly. Do not omit this step.
Step Four: Add cloves, potatoes, carrots. Stir.
Step Five: Add remaining ingredients and bring to boil. Cover partially, reduce heat, cook until lentils are soft.
Blend briefly. Shouldn't be smooth.