Friday, October 17, 2008

Autumn food - curry

Kicked off the autumn winter food yesterday with curry!!

I was really tired yesterday, and don't even feel like doing my simple (cheat's) curry.  
I decided to make something that is more easy that the simple curry - testing out cooking curry in my slow cooker!

I tried a brand new recipe - with lots of lentils. Food price is going up, honey. At the rate this is going, some adjustments need to be made in terms of food!

These were the  ingredients for a healthy SLOW cooker chicken curry:
  1. 3 teaspoonful of curry paste (I prefer the Thai version)   £ 0.30? from a big packet which cost around £2.5
  2. 3 table spoons of curry power for chicken (negligible cost! - £0.10-0.20)
  3. about 6 drumsticks (or 1 chicken, whichever is cheaper) £1.60 - supermarket's own brand
  4. 6-7 small potatoes (used new potatoes, so that I did not have to peel) - cut them into quarters - 1/3 of a 1 kg pack  which I bought for 50p -£ 0.20?
  5. 3 onions - cut into 8 pieces - £0.20
  6. 300g of dried split yellow peas (this is really really cheap, and a good source of protein. Howver, it might make you more "gassy" - soak in water first if you have the time!) -£0.40
  7. 1 can of chopped tomatoes (because this is cheaper than the fresh ones!) £0.16
  8. 1/2 teaspoon of salt
[Total cost; a maximum of £3.00, I overestimated the cost of the ingredients like split yellow peas etc. I bought a 1 kg packet for probably around 60p when on offer]

  1. Dump everything into slow cooker.
  2. Add enough water to cover ingredients.
  3. Cook on low heat for about 6 hours.

great! Although it is much less oily. 
You could use a preset timer, or cook just before you sleep. 

  1. Using cheap electricity at night!
  2. No sweat at all!
  3. Healthy! This method means no oil for coconut cream, or even milk! Also no oil used to fry the paste.
  4. Kitchen, or wherever you left the pot, would be warm! (Save on heating)
  5. Lentils = cheap protein
  6. Could add more tumeric power - anti - inflammatory!
  7. Could add winter vege like curry and pumpkin.
  1. The curry smell could be pungent! Make sure you leave the pot in kitchen if you do not like it!

Serve with bread or rice!  This pot of curry lasts for at least 3 meals for 2 persons!

Check out other curry recipes on the web!

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