UGH I'm already sorry for the pun. But dal! Made with lentils or split mung beans, dal is a simple, hearty, easily-adapted dish that I love. I sometimes use my Lord Krishna Cuisine cookbook for spices and flavorings, but usually I just wing it, using my own curry powder.
Here's a dal with sliced carrots, served with rice and homemade pickles; you can tell this is Kevin's plate because he has a serving of spicy garlic pickle in the back.
And here's a dal with radishes, served with poppadums, white rice (a rarity in our house, but so tasty) and a side salad.