Tomato Curry Lentil Stew

2 cups dry lentils
4 cups water
1 ¼ pounds stewed tomatoes
1 small onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
6 stalks celery, chopped
1 teaspoon curry powder
4 cloves garlic, minced
Salt to taste
Ground black pepper to taste
Combine lentils and water. Bring to a boil. Low heat to simmer, add tomatoes, onions, green pepper, and celery. Cover and let simmer 45 minutes. Check every 15 minutes and add water if necessary. Add spices last 15 minutes.