Curry night doesn’t have to be a write-off when you’re on a budget. Pop the takeaway menu in the drawer and make your own instead. Why not treat your family to this veggie-friendly meal this week for less than £3?
Preparation time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 30 mins
Total cost: £2.92 (plus £1 for four naans or 50p for a pouch of own-brand microwaveable basmati)
One aubergine (50p) cubed
Three medium carrots (18p) sliced finely, as they will take the longest to cook
Two large potatoes (60p) cubed
One large onion (14p) roughly chopped
Two heaped tsp medium curry powder (tub that will do at least five of these recipes £1)
One tin of coconut milk (50p)
Boil a small amount of water in the kettle.
Heat a splash of oil in a large saucepan and fry the onions on a medium heat, stirring occasionally, until they begin to brown.
Add the curry powder.
Then add the vegetables and potatoes and stir them around to soak up all of the flavours.
Add a medium sized mug of boiling water from the kettle, to ensure the veggies don’t catch on the bottom of the pan.
Pop on the lid, turn down the heat and let them simmer until the potatoes start to soften.
Add the coconut milk, stir, and while that’s warming through zap the rice in the microwave or warm your naan bread under a medium grill.
Experiment with different veg – this recipe is great for using up odds and ends in the bottom of the fridge such as cauliflower, mushrooms, green beans and peas. Add protein with a drained tin of chickpeas (35p).
*Prices from Tesco, correct at time of publishing