Rinse lentils thoroughly and place them in a large saucepan with 1/2 tsp of salt, bay leaf and enough water to cover the lentils. Boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until the lentils are soft, about 15 minutes. When the lentils are finished, remove the bay leaf and drain the liquid from the saucepan.
Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. When it's hot and shimmering, add the onion and honey. Cover and cook, stirring often, until the onions have softened, about 10 minutes. Then uncover and cook another 5 minutes until they are golden brown.
Add the rest of the salt to the onions, plus the cumin, paprika and pepper. Stir in the rice and cook, stirring constantly, until the rice is well coated, about 2 minutes. Add the chicken broth and lemon juice. Simmer until the liquids are absorbed and the rice is almost tender, about 15 minutes.
When the rice and lentils are done, stir them together and season to taste with salt and pepper.Enjoy Red Lentils And Rice With Caramelized Onion!