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Tuesday, 9 July 2013

An Indian Feast for £10! #cbias #shop

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Last night, I went shopping in ASDA for the very first time. There's a very good reason for me never having been to an ASDA before and that is because getting to the closest one to us involves a 45 mile round trip! I'd been looking for an excuse to borrow Himself's car so that I could go and check it out when this Collective Bias Shoppertunity came up and I was challenged to cook a delicious family meal for £10! 

Always up for a challenge when it comes to eating well on a budget, I gladly accepted and headed off on a road trip with Daisy Moo. We took sweets for the journey and everything!

We both really enjoyed our shopping trip - the store was HUGE but everything was easy to find and the amount of tills at the exit was immense so we didn't have to queue! I loved how at the end of the checkouts ASDA were collecting for their local food bank. I thought this was awesome - donating an item from your weekly shop is a super easy way to do something charitable for your local community.

But back to our budget meal. Not only does this feast cost just £10 to make, it also takes less than an hour to prepare and cook and will easily feed a family of four. Today I'm going to share my shopping list, and the recipes with you. Hands up who's hungry?! Its time for......

♥ {Diet} Chicken Jalfrezi

♥ Slightly spicy minted Peas & Cucumber

♥ Red Lentil Daal

♥ Garlic & Coriander Naan

Nothing screams Great Britain like a good old curry! So first up, let's take a look at what I bought.

Now I am a keen cook and have a pretty well stocked larder so when it comes to store cupboard essentials I tend to have most of them already. This, of course, helped massively when it came to sticking to my £10 budget!

I bought green chillis, fat free natural yoghurt, red lentils, ready made naan bread, a pot of fresh coriander, a green pepper, dried mint (the fresh had sold out), vine tomatoes, chicken fillets and garam masala.

At home I already had cumin, turmeric, red chilli powder, mustard seeds, onions, olive oil, fresh ginger, cucumber and frozen peas.

First up I got cracking with the daal, as this required the longest cooking time. I bought a packet of split red lentils that didn't require pre-soaking - make sure you check the label before you start this recipe as some need to be soaked for hours!

Red Lentil Daal - Ingredients.
100g dried red lentils
A 1 inch piece of fresh ginger
1x tomato, roughly chopped
2x green chillies, de-seeded, and finely chopped
Half a teaspoon of turmeric
1x teaspoon of cumin

What to do.
This recipe couldn't be simpler. You simply put all the ingredients together in a saucepan, cover with water, stir, bring to the boil and simmer for 40 minutes. Stir regularly during the cooking time (as lentils have a tenancy to stick to saucepans!) and add an extra splash of boiled water if it begins to thicken too much!

Whilst my daal was simmering, I moved onto the jalfrezi. Now I {very} loosely followed the Hairy Dieter's recipe here - this is one of my favourite cook books at the moment whilst I'm on a bit of a pre-wedding health kick. This recipe is absolutely divine and tastes so much better than the heavy curries you get from the takeaway. It's perfect for summer too.

Diet Chicken Jalfrezi - Ingredients.
220g chicken fillets chopped into bite sized pieces
1x teaspoon olive oil
2x gloves of garlic, finely chopped
4x green chillies, de-seeded and finely chopped
3x tomatoes, roughly chopped
1x teaspoon cumin
1x heaped teaspoon garam masala
1x heaped teaspoon turmeric
200ml cold water
2x tablespoons fat free natural yoghurt
2x red onions, chopped into large chunks
1x green pepper, chopped into large chunks
Fresh coriander to garnish.

What to do.
Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan and add the chillies, garlic and dried spices. DO NOT LET THEM BURN - keep stirring and add a tablespoon of water if necessary, to stop them sticking to the pan.
Add the chicken and cook for a couple of minutes, still stirring, and then add the tomatoes, onions and pepper. Pour over the water and let it simmer for about ten minutes.
Stir in the yoghurt and cook for another couple of minutes - add some cornflour to thicken the sauce if necessary.
Remove from the heat and just before serving add the fresh coriander. Voila - a super healthy, diet chicken jalfrezi that cooks in just fifteen minutes!

Last up is my cooked and slightly spicy version of cucumber raita! Start on this once the jalfrezi is cooked and decanted into a serving bowl. Whack the ready made naans in the oven at this point - they take around six minutes to heat up which is the same amount of time needed to prepare and cook the Peas and Cucumber.

Slightly spicy minted Peas and Cucumber - Ingredients.
A couple of handfuls of pre-cooked frozen peas (this is a great way to use up leftovers!)
About a third of a cucumber, peeled and chopped into half moons.
1x teaspoon of cumin
Half a teaspoon of mustard seeds
Half a teaspoon of red chilli powder 
2x tablespoons of natural yoghurt
Mint - fresh is best but I used a teaspoon of dried

What to do.
Dry fry the spices (not the mint) in a sauce pan for about thirty seconds. Once the mustard seeds start to pop, add the peas and cucumber. Coat them evenly in the spice mix before removing from the heat. All in all they should only be on the hob for about a minute - then pour them into a serving bowl and allow to cool for another minute or two. Stir in the natural yoghurt and the mint.

The last thing to do is to get your naan bread from the oven, pour yourself a large glass of sauv blanc, and feed your family!

There are lots of other ways to make these recipes go even further on a budget - whip up a bowl of rice (add cardamom pods and cloves to the water for extra flavour), or add potatoes to the chicken curry. I always deviate from the recipe books to include any fresh produce I have in my fridge that needs eating up so you could bulk out the curry with extra peppers, or make it a vegetarian version by substituting the chicken for carrots and cauliflower!

Happy cooking, you lot! xoxox



  1. This looks scrummy - I do love Indian food. In fact, I am planning a curry for my lunch today!

  2. Looks good! Is this from the Hairy Dieters book? Amazing what a bargain Asda can be!

    1. My jalfrezi is based on theirs but I have a terrible habit of deviating from recipes ;) It's the best cook book I've come across for ages - everything in it is delicious x

  3. Mmm that looks delicious, especially the jalfrezi, I'll have to try it just as soon as this weather cools down a bit!

  4. This looks delicious. I love Indian food. My son particularly likes a curry.

  5. That is my local asda. Eep


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