Curry for days

by Asha Bridewell January. 09, 2017 350 views

First day back, we have a rainy day coinciding with a tube-strike - ideal! After a good 45 minute walk each way, I defo need another warm plate of butternut squash, sweet potato, lentil curry.

Got this idea from the recipe cards in Waitrose when my parents took me for my back to uni shop; ofc student budget doesn’t really allow weekly Waitrose shops. Super tasty and healthy, plus will keep in the freezer for another cold and rainy day.

RECIPE as follows (edited waitrose due to lack of ingredients/budgeting)

1 x onion
1 x garlic clove
1 x can of green lentils
1 x diced sweet potato + butternut squash (didn’t want to waste another hour of my life chopping squash)
1 x chopped tomatoes
1 x stock cube Curry spices e.g. i used cumin, turmeric and tikka masala powder
Salt n pepper (literally ESSENTIAL)
Served with natural yoghurt, rice n steamed broccoli 

What I did was…

1) Fry the onion with the garlic in butter until soft, then add your curry spices (I kind of wing it and just do a generous shake of each).
2) Add the diced veg and mix to coat all in spicessss.
3) Add the chopped tomatoes and the stock in about a mug-full of hot water PLUS salt and pepper and any more spice to taste.
4) Leave to simmer for 15-20 minutes until thickened (mine seemed to take ages; but could have been that I was hungry and impatient, after adding yoghurt it seemed to thicken up a bit.
5) Add the lentils (after draining) - this bulks out the curry so it lasts that extra meal longer.

So easy to do and this makes a vat of curry!! I got about 4/5 portions out of it (depending on whether you’re serving with rice/any extra veg). ALSO very cheap - disregarding what I already had in my cupboard (garlic, spices, salt and pepper) this curry would cost approximately £4.50. Each serving being £1.12!! 

One example of how cooking on a budget doesn’t just mean beans on toast xx

Sweet Potato, Butternut Squash and Lentil Curry with rice, steamed broccoli and natural yoghurt.

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