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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.



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.


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


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


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



I ‘paint’ these with melted butter – yum…


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


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. Β In all a tasty, cheap, no fuss meal which you can make as fancy or plain as budget and time allows 😊



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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