Heat water and lentils to boiling in 2-quart saucepan.
Stir in salt and turmeric.
Cover and simmer until lentils are tender, about 45 minutes.
Cook and stir onion, garlic, cumin and cardamom in Ghee until onion is tender; stir into lentils.
Cook uncovered over low heat, stirring frequently, until consistency of re-fried beans, 20 to 30 minutes.