Three Easy Indian Dinners on a Budget

Posted on 19th May 2015

We know the last week before pay day can be a bit of a stretch, especially when it comes to the last food shop. If you have to tighten those purse strings but still want to experience a delicious dinner every night, we have just the thing for you. Take a look at our three easy dinners on a budget in this week's blog post.

Aloo Gobi

This is a straightforward traditional Indian dish which consists of cheap ingredients:

  • 3 large potatoes (medium size cubes) £1
  • 2 overflowing cups of cauliflower florets (large florets broken or cut to a medium size) 98p
  • ⅓-½ cup of peas 78p
  • 1 green chili chopped or to taste 50p
  • ¼ cup of vegetable oil £1.05
  • 1 large onion peeled and cut into small pieces 60p
  • Fresh coriander 70p
  • 2 cans of chopped tomatoes 38p x2
  • Fresh ginger £1
  • Fresh garlic 25p
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 65p
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric 49p
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala 60p
  • TOTAL: £9.36 or £1.17 per person

Serves: 8
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes

Method

  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large saucepan
  • Add the chopped onion and one teaspoon of cumin seeds to the oil
  • Stir together and cook until onions become creamy, golden and translucent
  • Add chopped coriander stalks, two teaspoons of turmeric, and one teaspoon of salt
  • Add chopped chilies (according to taste) stir tomatoes into onion mixture
  • Add ginger and garlic; mix thoroughly
  • Add potatoes and cauliflower to the sauce plus a few tablespoons of water (ensuring that the mixture doesn't stick to the pan)
  • Ensure that the potatoes and cauliflower are coated with the curry sauce
  • Cover and allow to simmer for 20 minutes (or until potatoes are cooked)
  • Add two teaspoons of Garam Masala and stir
  • Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves on top of the curry
  • Turn off the heat, cover, and leave for as long as possible before serving

Tandoori Chicken

If you need a bit of meat in your life but still need to stick to a budget, Tandoori Chicken is ideal.

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts £6
  • ½ cup natural yoghurt 55p
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice 30p
  • 1 tablespoon onion granules 79p
  • 1 tablespoon garlic granules 89p
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala 60p
  • 1 tablespoon coriander leaves 89p
  • 1 tablespoon paprika 49p
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander 75p
  • 1 teaspoon cumin 49p
  • ½ teaspoon ginger 49p
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper 79p
  • TOTAL £13.03 or £3.25 per person

Serves: 4
Prep time: 35 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes

Method

  • Whisk together all marinade ingredients. Place marinade in a large zip lock bag and add chicken breasts. Allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes or overnight
  • Remove chicken from bag and discard marinade. Cook chicken on the grill over a medium heat for 5-6 minutes on each side or until cooked through
  • Suggested serving options: cooked rice, lime wedges for drizzling, extra coriander, naan bread and mango chutney

Coronation Chicken Naans with Indian Slaw

This is really delicious and an easy dinner to whip for you and your family or friends.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ready roasted chicken, about 950g £5.50
  • 2 x packs 4 mini coriander and garlic naan bread 75p x 2
  • 150ml natural yoghurt 55p
  • 150ml light mayonnaise 82p
  • 4 tablespoons mango chutney £1
  • Small bunch of coriander, roughly chopped 89p
  • 2 large carrots, grated 57p
  • 1 red cabbage, shredded 68p
  • 2 teaspoons black mustard seeds 49p
  • TOTAL £12 or £3 per person

Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes

Method

  • Shred the meat from the chicken and set aside. To make the sauce, mix the yoghurt, mayonnaise, curry powder, chutney and some seasoning with half the coriander. Toss this through the chicken
  • To make the slaw, mix the carrots, cabbage and mustard seeds in a large bowl with the remaining coriander, then season
  • Heat the naan breads in the toaster. Allow 2 per person and top with some of the slaw, then the chicken mixture. Serve sprinkled with coriander, with extra slaw on the side

We hope you find these recipes easy to do at home and won't burn a hole in your pocket! It's really easy to eat delicious food on a shoestring; you just need to know what to buy! Give these a try and tell us what you think via Facebook or Twitter.

Chicken Tandoori

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