Rajma – Kidney Bean Curry (Pressure Cooker)
Rajma - Kidney Bean Curry (Pressure Cooker)
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This is a great main or side dish, I made this on 30 April 2018 was truly surprised, excellent flavor! This originates in Northern India and Nepal. This is a modified recipe and not authentic.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Rajma - Kidney Bean Curry (Pressure Cooker)
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This is a great main or side dish, I made this on 30 April 2018 was truly surprised, excellent flavor! This originates in Northern India and Nepal. This is a modified recipe and not authentic.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Rinse the kidney beans and remove and bad ones and any debris, place in a large bowl and cover with 2 inches of water. Cover the bowl and let that sit for 6 to 8 hours.
  2. After 6 to 8 hours, drain and rinse the beans, just leave in the strainer for now.
  3. In your pressure cooking, without using the lid, heat the oil and butter on medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute until fragrant, then add in the ginger, cloves, chili powder, turmeric, cumin, and coriander. Cook for a few minutes then add the tomatoes and cook for about 1 minute.
  4. Add the drained beans and water to just cover the beans then add 1 more cup of water. Stir in the sugar and salt to to taste.
  5. Place the lid on the pot and bring the heat up to high. When the jiggler starts moving and releasing pressure, start timing for 8 minutes and turn the heat down to low or medium low to just maintain the jiggler moving and pressure releasing.
  6. At 8 minutes, turn off the heat and move the pressure cooker to an unused burner and allow a natural release of pressure. When the pressure is released, open the lid.
  7. Serve as a side dish or a main dish over rice.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. For a non-vegetarian, add in sliced sausage at Step 4 (this is what I do). 2. Add a spoon or two of lime juice and mix that in before serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Red Lentil Curry (Masoor Dal)
Red Lentil Curry (Masoor Dal)
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This is an Indian dish, sounds very good but I would probably serve this with some roasted chicken or maybe some pan fried fish.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour 15 minutes
Red Lentil Curry (Masoor Dal)
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This is an Indian dish, sounds very good but I would probably serve this with some roasted chicken or maybe some pan fried fish.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour 15 minutes
Ingredients
For the Tarka
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a large sized saucepan on high heat and add the water, garlic, lentils, onion, tomato, salt, turmeric, and cayenne pepper and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, place lid off center and cook for about an hour or until the mixture is thickened and the lentils are tender, stir often so no burnt spots. Remove from heat and set aside.
For the Tarka
  1. In a small pan, heat the 1 1/2 teaspoons of oil, add the sliced onions and cook, stirring until the onions are golden brown, use a bit more oil if needed.
  2. To serve, place some some curry in a serving bowl, top with some of tarka and cliantro.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.

Chicken Curry II
Chicken Curry II
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This sounds very good, and will give me a chance to test out a new bottle of curry powder I recently bought. This is Indian curry powder (yellow), not Thai curry. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Chicken Curry II
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This sounds very good, and will give me a chance to test out a new bottle of curry powder I recently bought. This is Indian curry powder (yellow), not Thai curry. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. After the chicken is sliced into strips, about 1/4 inch thick or so, spread them out and sprinkle with about 3/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper, and 1 teaspoon of curry powder, mix together.
  2. Using a large non stick pan, heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil on medium high heat, when hot but not smoking, add the chicken in a single layer and cook, stirring often to just lightly brown them, no need to cook all the way through, about 3 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. Reduce the heat on the pan to medium and add the rest of the oil, and the onion and cook until softened and translucent, then stir in the garlic, ginger, and remaining curry powder and cook until fragrant, maybe a minute or so, stir often.
  4. Whisk the cornstarch, sugar, and a pinch of salt into the broth then add the broth to the pan, bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer until the sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes. Return the chicken to the pan along with the peas and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, takes just a few minutes.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the yogurt and cilantro, taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if desired.
  6. Serve with steamed rice.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 70 Baht for the chicken. For 4 servings, this is about 52 cents per serving.

Variants: Replace the chicken with beef or large prawn.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.

Saffron Rice (Rice Cooker)
Saffron Rice (Rice Cooker)
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This is Indian in nature, if you have never used saffron, understand it is the most expensive spice in the world, this is not cheap, and top dollar is paid for this spice. I used my small rice cooker for this and this is really good exactly as written.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Saffron Rice (Rice Cooker)
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This is Indian in nature, if you have never used saffron, understand it is the most expensive spice in the world, this is not cheap, and top dollar is paid for this spice. I used my small rice cooker for this and this is really good exactly as written.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. Add the stock into a small pot and place over high heat and bring to a boil then remove from heat.
  2. To the hot stock add the saffron, turmeric, cumin, garlic, chili powder, and fish sauce and mix well.
  3. Add the dry rice to the rice cooker pot then pour in the stock mixture. Stir, cover, and set to Cook mode.
  4. When the rice cooker switches to Warm, fluff the rice with a fork. Taste for saltiness, add fish sauce to adjust, and if too salty, add a squeeze or two of lemon or lime juice.
  5. Serve as a side dish with any Asian or Indian dish.
Recipe Notes

Saffron is the pricey item but just a very small bit is used, this is an expensive spice regardless of your location. Overall, this is still a low cost dish.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Tandoori Fish
Tandoori Fish
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An Indian dish and this does sound very good. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Tandoori Fish
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An Indian dish and this does sound very good. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Mix together the first 8 ingredients. Brush the fish pieces with the marinade to coat evenly and place in a shallow dish, pour the remaining marinade over the fish. Place the fish in the fridge to marinate for at least 4 hours.
  2. Preheat your oven's broiler, brush off excess marinade and reserve marinade, then place the fish in a broiler safe dish or pan.
  3. Broil on the center rack for 10 minutes, remove the rack, turn the fish, brush with the marinade, broil for another 7 to 8 minutes or until the fish easily flakes with a fork.
  4. Serve with rice and a steamed vegetable for a complete meal.
Recipe Notes

Pangasius would cost about 120 Baht/kilo. For 6 servings, this is about 60 cents per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Yellow Rice II (Rice Cooker)
Yellow Rice II (Rice Cooker)
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Sounds like a good change up from plain white rice, on my to make list.
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Yellow Rice II (Rice Cooker)
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Sounds like a good change up from plain white rice, on my to make list.
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Rinse the rice 2 or 3 times, drain, and place in the rice cooker pot. Add the spices and stock, stir then cover and switch the cooker to the Cook setting.
  2. When the cooker switches to Warm, open, remove the bay leaf and garlic cloves, stir in the butter, cover for an additional 10 minutes.
  3. Serve as a side dish with chicken or fish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Crispy Baked Chicken Wings Tandoori Style
Crispy Baked Chicken Wings Tandoori Style
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I love a good Tandoori chicken, and this sounds really good. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 2-24 hours
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 2-24 hours
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Crispy Baked Chicken Wings Tandoori Style
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I love a good Tandoori chicken, and this sounds really good. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 2-24 hours
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 2-24 hours
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Wash and pat dry the chicken drumettes and or wings and pat them dry with a paper towel and place in a large bowl. Add to them 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper, the paprika, garam masala, turmeric, coriander, cumin, and cayenne, and using your hands, mix/rub the spices into the chicken; set aside for a moment.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, ginger, and Sriracha, and mix to blend, then pour this mixture over the chicken, rubbing it into the chicken, cover and refrigerate and allow it to marinate for at least 2 hours, up to overnight.
  3. When ready to bake, preheat your oven to 230 C, line a baking sheet with foil, and place a wire rack over the baking sheet. Remove the chicken from the yogurt marinade, and allow the excess to drip off; place the wings onto the wire rack, and bake in the oven for about 25 minutes, until slightly charred and crisp.
  4. Serve garnished with a some cilantro leaves, and the Cool Minted Yogurt Dipping Sauce on the side.
Recipe Notes

Drumettes are called Chicken Wing Sticks at Tesco (I get pricing from Tesco), and are about 80 Baht/kilo. Full wings are 90 Baht/kilo. Going with 750 grams of drumettes, this is about 88 cents per serving for 2 servings.

Shortcut: Cool Minted Yogurt Dipping Sauce.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.

Grilled Chicken Thighs Tandoori
Grilled Chicken Thighs Tandoori
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Takes time to marinate the chicken but well worth it. This recipe is written as it was posted, so unless feeding a large group of folks, I think cutting back on the chicken thighs but keeping all the rest as written, would work fine. Inexpensive meal! I made this on 12 Nov 2016, well worth the time to marinate! I took some step by step photos and my report is in the comments section.
Servings Prep Time
8 people 24 hours
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 people 24 hours
Cook Time
45 minutes
Grilled Chicken Thighs Tandoori
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Takes time to marinate the chicken but well worth it. This recipe is written as it was posted, so unless feeding a large group of folks, I think cutting back on the chicken thighs but keeping all the rest as written, would work fine. Inexpensive meal! I made this on 12 Nov 2016, well worth the time to marinate! I took some step by step photos and my report is in the comments section.
Servings Prep Time
8 people 24 hours
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 people 24 hours
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, stir together yogurt, and all spices listed. Set aside. All the spices added on top of the yogurt.
  2. Everything mixed.
  3. Rinse chicken under cold water, and pat dry with paper towels. Place chicken in a large resealable plastic bag. Pour yogurt mixture over chicken, press air out of bag, and seal. Turn the bag over several times to distribute marinade. Place bag in a bowl, and refrigerate 8 hours, or overnight, turning bag occasionally.
  4. Get your outdoor grill fired up for direct medium heat.
  5. Remove chicken from bag, and discard marinade. Scrape off excess marinade with a spoon, using a brush, lightly coat each side of the chicken with olive oil.
  6. Place chicken on the grill over direct heat, and cook about 2 minutes. Turn, and cook 2 minutes more. Then arrange the chicken to receive indirect heat, and cook approximately 35 to 40 minutes, turning occasionally, to an internal temperature of 82 C. Serve with grilled corn on the cob and grilled potatoes for a meal.
  7. Removed from the grill.
  8. Dinner!
Recipe Notes

Note about the cinnamon and cloves, you can replace these two items with 1 tablespoon of Garam Masala and add 2 tablespoons of lime juice, if you choose.

Feel free to use just thighs, or legs and thighs, or quarters. Chicken thighs will run about 65 Baht/kilo, 16 thighs could cost, I am guessing about 200 Baht. This comes out to about 75 cents per person.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Chicken Korma Curry
Chicken Korma Curry
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This recipe was given to me by an Indian acquaintance, who makes this as a staple for her family.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 2 hours
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 2 hours
Cook Time
40 minutes
Chicken Korma Curry
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This recipe was given to me by an Indian acquaintance, who makes this as a staple for her family.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 2 hours
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 2 hours
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Place chicken in a bowl together with the yogurt, garlic, bay leaf, and ginger. Cover and leave to marinate in the fridge for up to 2 hours – the longer you are able to leave it for, the more flavourful your dish will be.
  2. When the chicken is ready, heat butter and oil in a pan and gently fry the onion with the garam masala, turmeric, coriander, cumin, and red pepper flakes until the onion is tender.
  3. Add the marinated chicken and fry for 10 minutes to seal.
  4. Add the water and chicken stock, reduce the heat to a simmer. and allow to cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Stir in the cream and almonds and simmer for a further 10 minutes, serve topped with fresh coriander with a side of rice or naan bread.
Recipe Notes

Easily under $1 per meal per person.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Denise Georgiades.
South Africa.