Feed Four People for under Four Euro: Baby Potato and Chickpea Curry with Basmati Rice

Baby Potato and Chickpea Curry

This is the second in a series of recipes I came up with to feed four people for under four euro.  I want to show that being vegan doesn’t need to be expensive and is affordable and accessible for many people.

In this recipe I used an onion, Tesco whole peeled plum tomatoes, Tesco baby potatoes, Tesco tinned chickpeas, Tesco medium curry powder, and Tesco Everyday Value basmati rice.  I used only half the potatoes, 400g of the rice, and only a little of the curry powder, so only counted the price of that much, but the rest should keep for a while so can be used in another recipe.

I was really surprised at how delicious this curry was.  I usually mix my own spiced and use fresh chillies, ginger, garlic and coriander in curries, and rarely use curry powder.  But this was pretty much as nice as any curry I usually have.  The Tesco own brand curry powder is really nice.  The only thing is it contains salt, so I wouldn’t use it all the time since I don’t like to give my kids too much added salt.  I also usually use wholegrain rice, since it’s healthier, and that’s more expensive, but it was nice to have white basmati rice for a change, and the meal is still very healthy and has plenty of fibre and protein.  I’ll definitely have this curry again if I want a quick and easy meal.  It’s also handy since I’d usually have potatoes, onions, chickpeas and tins of tomatoes in the cupboard.

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Ingredients:

1 onion (22c)

1 tin of peeled whole plum tomatoes (39c)

500g baby potatoes (75c)

1 tin of chickpeas (59c)

1.5 heaped tbsp. medium curry powder (42c)

2 cups basmati rice or about 400g (56c)

(Total price – €2.93)

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How it’s made:

Put on the rice to cook according to packet instructions.

Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a large pan over a medium heat.

Peel and finely dice the onion.  Fry for 5 minutes stirring occasionally until softened.

Add the tin of tomatoes and crush them with a wooden spoon (or use a tin of chopped tomatoes).  Half-fill the empty tin with water and add to the pan.

Add the potatoes.  Half or quarter any larger ones so they are all a similar small size, or use small whole ones.

Drain and rinse the chickpeas.  Add to the pan with the curry powder.

Bring to the boil, lower the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked.

Serve with the cooked basmati rice.

 (The prices are from Tesco Ireland, on the 5th of February 2016.)

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