Meat Free Monday – Cupboard Love Fakeaway Curry

As you know our youngest is at Uni, one regular phone call I get is ‘what can I make with….’ and this is the normal fallback option for him.

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Over the weekend, I had a bit of a sort out of our kitchen cupboards and decided to make a veggie curry out of mainly store cupboard ingredients. Good standby for Students and of course anyone who is just pushed for time and has limited fresh food storage space.

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I have a tin of new potatoes – 19p (1 of 2 that I picked up at Aldi the other day, a tin of their chickpeas – 33p and some tinned chopped tomatoes – 34p. I also have some korma curry spices.

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I am using a finely diced onion, but I told youngest to buy ready diced, frozen onion, which costs about a pound, but means he can grab a handful of onion, rather than leave a fresh one to sprout in the cupboard. The same with Garlic, I use fresh, but he has a pot of lazy garlic. Ditto ginger and chilli.

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Anyway, fry the onion and chopped garlic and some grated ginger, and chilli if you like it spicy, add a couple of teaspoons of korma spices, cook till softened, then add the tin of chopped tomatoes.

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Stir this through and taste, add more curry powder if needed.

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Into the sauce add the drained potatoes, and drained and rinsed chickpeas, stir in and simmer.

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I have some fresh spinach to use, but again, I advise Youngest to buy frozen spinach- just grab a lump or 2 and stir in.

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Cook down till thickened and add fresh chopped coriander and a dollop of natural yoghurt if you have them…. Aldi sell frozen herbs, which is great, especially if you are cooking for 1.

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To go with this simple, but tasty curry, I am making Naan breads.

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2 teacups of self raising flour, 1 teacup of natural yoghurt, a glug of olive oil and a pinch of salt – you can add chopped coriander, chopped garlic – anything you fancy really – I’m keeping these simple. Using you hand, mix this all together till a smooth dough has formed, leave for 20 minutes then cut into 2 or 4 pieces and with the heal of your hand, squish into a thin naan teardrop shape

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preheat the oven to 200 and pop a baking sheet in to heat up – ย lay the naans onto the hot baking sheet and back into the oven for 10 minutes till puffed up and golden

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I ‘paint’ these with melted butter – yum…

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I have also made some brown rice, youngest buys Aldi microwave pouches of rice, more expensive, but easy to store and no waste.

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There was enough for 3 large portions, and enough for a couple of lunches for me and a ‘takeaway’ portion for youngest, so he doesn’t have to cook one night. ย In all a tasty, cheap, no fuss meal which you can make as fancy or plain as budget and time allows ๐Ÿ˜Š

 

 

Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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