While I am not known for my healthy cooking, there are many vegetarian dishes that I enjoy. Indian dal is one of them...Dal is just a generic word for beans/legumes. This is a dish that I usually make when it's only me at home, since it comes together in only a few minutes...and I always have the ingredients on hand.
Black Bean Dal
1- 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 tbs vegetable oil
a pinch of asafetida, optional (found at Indian grocery or online)
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 onion, diced
1/4 to 1/2 hot green chile, left whole with seeds
a handful or cherry tomatoes, chopped
1/4 tsp turmeric
salt, to taste
In a skillet over medium-high heat, add the vegetable oil. When the oil it hot, add in the asafetida and cumin; let sizzle for about 5 seconds. Add the onion and green chile, saute until browned. Add the chopped tomatoes and turmeric, saute until the tomatoes begin to soften. Add the black beans and 1/2 cup water. Mashing some of the beans with a wooden spoon gives it a better texture. Bring to a simmer. Let simmer for 10 minutes. If necessary add more water and continue cooking until the desired consistency is reached. Season with salt.