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.

Garlic Lemon Baked Chicken

Garlic Lemon Baked Chicken
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This comes from a good friend, and when he prepares this, his family is drooling and waiting in the kitchen. Basic ingredients is a bonus as well. You cannot mess this up. No serving size is listed, this is a make as much as you need type recipe.
Cook Time
40-60 minutes
Cook Time
40-60 minutes
Garlic Lemon Baked Chicken
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This comes from a good friend, and when he prepares this, his family is drooling and waiting in the kitchen. Basic ingredients is a bonus as well. You cannot mess this up. No serving size is listed, this is a make as much as you need type recipe.
Cook Time
40-60 minutes
Cook Time
40-60 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. The chicken pieces are up to your preference, skin on or off also your preference. Keep in mind that when baking different types of pieces together, smaller pieces cook faster than larger pieces, so try and use the same type of pieces, like all thighs or all breasts, etc. Place the chicken in a zip lock bag.
  2. Pound the garlic in a mortar into a paste or use a food processor, add the garlic paste to a jar.
  3. Add equal amounts of olive oil and lemon juice to the jar, be generous, seal the jar with the lid and shake it to mix together the oil, juice, and garlic. Pour the contents of the jar into the zip lock bag, squeeze out the air in the bag and seal, squish the chicken around to coat the pieces. Place in the fridge overnight.
  4. When you are ready to bake, preheat your oven to 180 C. Place chicken in a baking dish for 40-60 minutes or until the juices run clear.
  5. Serve with rice or mashed potato.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

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 will use my small rice cooker for this.
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 will use my small rice cooker for this.
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 and remove from heat.
  2. To the hot stock add the saffron, turmeric, cumin, garlic, chili, 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 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.

Mushroom & Egg Salad

Mushroom & Egg Salad
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The mushroom part intrigued me with this recipe. I have made several recipes from this friend and I have to say, they are all spot on, as well as this one! I made this on 29 Oct 2017 and this is really good. I used small Shiitake mushrooms which will result in a browner appearance than using white button mushrooms.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Mushroom & Egg Salad
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The mushroom part intrigued me with this recipe. I have made several recipes from this friend and I have to say, they are all spot on, as well as this one! I made this on 29 Oct 2017 and this is really good. I used small Shiitake mushrooms which will result in a browner appearance than using white button mushrooms.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. For the mushrooms, white button mushrooms or white Shimeji give the best appearance, Shiitake, brown Shimeji, or Cremini will result in a browner appearance to the salad. If you have seen what the Thais cook, appearance is not a show stopper here, just as long as it tastes good. I used Shiitake with the stems removed and just sliced, not diced.
  2. Heat a large non stick pan on medium heat and add a splash of olive oil, when the oil is hot, add the mushrooms and saute for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown and no liquid is in the pan.
  3. Put the mushrooms in a large mixing bowl. Photo showing the browned mushrooms just before I took them out of the pan.
  4. Same pan, and another splash of olive oil, when the oil is hot, add the onion and saute for 10-12 minutes or until golden, then add in the garlic and cook for another minute and remove from heat.
  5. Add the onion, eggs, and dill to the mixing bowl and mix together to combine.
  6. In a small bowl, mix together the mayo, mustard, and lemon (lime) juice, stir the dressing into the salad until evenly coated, add more mayo if needed. Season with salt and pepper to your liking.
  7. Chill for several hours in the fridge before serving. Serve with a little bit of fresh dill sprinkled on top.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Perfect Hard Boiled Chicken Eggs.

This recipe for Mushroom and Egg Salad is from Natasha's Kitchen.

Garlic Aioli Dip

Garlic Aioli Dip
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This dipping sauce comes highly recommended so I am listing it as a stand alone recipe since this would be a great dipping sauce for many recipes. Originally listed with a Cheesy Chicken Fritters recipe on this site, shortcut to that is in the Recipe Notes section.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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This dipping sauce comes highly recommended so I am listing it as a stand alone recipe since this would be a great dipping sauce for many recipes. Originally listed with a Cheesy Chicken Fritters recipe on this site, shortcut to that is in the Recipe Notes section.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. To make the Garlic Aioli dipping sauce, just add all of the aioli ingredients to a small bowl and mix together. Refrigerate until use. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Cheesy Chicken Fritters.

This recipe for Cheesy Chicken Fritters is from Natasha's Kitchen.

Sauteed Daikon Greens

Sauteed Daikon Greens
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I found this recipe doing research if daikon greens are edible, and they certainly are, see, I try and learn something every day. We have daikon growing in the garden and harvested some today, 15 Sep 2017 and I prepared this for a side dish last night. Lemon or lime juice is key here.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Sauteed Daikon Greens
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I found this recipe doing research if daikon greens are edible, and they certainly are, see, I try and learn something every day. We have daikon growing in the garden and harvested some today, 15 Sep 2017 and I prepared this for a side dish last night. Lemon or lime juice is key here.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Wash and sort the greens, 1 bunch is from 1 daikon, however remove the larger older leaves and discard those. The remaining leaves you have, chop into 1 inch pieces.
  2. Heat a large pan on medium heat with the oil. When the oil is hot, add the onion and sea salt. Saute stirring frequently for about 5 minutes or until onion starts getting translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 2 more minutes.
  3. Add the greens and stir to coat with the oil and mixed into the onions. Add 1-2 tablespoons of water, cover and cook until tender, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in 1-2 teaspoons of lemon or lime juice, splash of oyster sauce to taste. Serve as a side. I took the photo after several servings were take out of the pan.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Oregano & Lemon Pork Kebabs

Oregano & Lemon Pork Kebabs
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Sounds great, can use chicken in place of pork, on my to grill list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
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Sounds great, can use chicken in place of pork, on my to grill list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
Ingredients
For the Marinade
Choose from 2 or 3 Vegetables
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cut the pork loin into 1 inch cubes, place in a zip lock bag.
  2. Mix the marinade ingredients in a bowl and add to the zip lock bag with the pork, squish everything around to coat all the meat.
  3. If your vegetables are prepped, add them to the zip lock as well, they will pick up great flavor.
  4. Soak the skewers in water while the meat (and maybe vegetables) are marinating.
  5. Remove the pork (and maybe vegetables) from the marinade and drain, place on skewers alternating between pork cub and a vegetable, pork cube and another vegetable, until all is skewered.
  6. Place on a medium hot grill over medium heat and grill for 8 to 10 minutes, turning frequently until the pork is cooked through.
  7. Serve with sides of your choice, corn on the cob and coleslaw come to mind.
Recipe Notes

Pork loin will cost about 70 Baht/500 grams. For 4 servings, this is about 52 cents per serving.

Variants: Use what ever vegetables you like, it is that easy. In addition to button mushrooms, think Shiitake or even King Oyster mushrooms cut into thick slices.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki Sauce
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Creamy Mediterranean sauce with a base of Greek yogurt. Sounds absolutely wonderful. You will want to use this on everything!
Servings Prep Time
1 1/4 cups 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 1/4 cups 10 minutes
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Creamy Mediterranean sauce with a base of Greek yogurt. Sounds absolutely wonderful. You will want to use this on everything!
Servings Prep Time
1 1/4 cups 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 1/4 cups 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cups
Instructions
  1. Mix everything together in a bowl and serve immediately or cover and chill for up to 4 hours.
  2. What to use Tzatziki Sauce on? Dipping sauce for Meats, Whitefish, Burgers, Sandwiches, Pitas and Wraps, Baked Potatoes, Salad Dressing, Vegetable Dip, Dipping Pita Bread, Dip for Chips, Add to Mashed Potatoes. Feel free to add something to the list.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Sauteed Mushrooms

Sauteed Mushrooms
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This comes from a good friend and respected chef. Think button, Cremini, or small Shiitake mushrooms. No serving size is given as I am just winged this with what I had on hand for the first try at this. I made these on 26 Aug 2017 and they are excellent!
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
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This comes from a good friend and respected chef. Think button, Cremini, or small Shiitake mushrooms. No serving size is given as I am just winged this with what I had on hand for the first try at this. I made these on 26 Aug 2017 and they are excellent!
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Cut off the stems of the mushrooms (button and Cremini) flush with the bottom of the mushroom. For Shiitake mushrooms, small size it would be ok to do the same, for larger Shiitake, remove the stem completely. Quickly rinse and dry the mushrooms with paper towels.
  2. Heat a large pan over medium heat and add the butter and olive oil. Once oil is hot, add mushrooms in a single layer, stem side down. Sprinkle with garlic salt and lemon pepper. Cook until bottoms are browned about 5 minutes, then flip over, season again with garlic salt and lemon pepper and cook until browned on the second side, also about 5 minutes. Squeeze or dribble in the lemon or lime juice and sprinkle on the parsley and mix together and cook for 1 to 2 minutes more. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  3. Serve as an appetizer or side dish.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I pick up mushrooms again, this is easily low cost per serving though.

Inspired by the recipe Sauteed Mushrooms from Natasha's Kitchen.

Salmon Pasta Salad

Salmon Pasta Salad
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This sounds really good, a must try for me. For those in Thailand, make use of your rice cooker and steam salmon instead of the high priced small cans of salmon.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Salmon Pasta Salad
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This sounds really good, a must try for me. For those in Thailand, make use of your rice cooker and steam salmon instead of the high priced small cans of salmon.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl add the pasta, salmon, tomatoes, cucumber and onion.
  2. To make the dressing combine the canola, rice bran, or corn oil, lemon or lime juice, dill, garlic, salt and pepper and whisk well. Pour over pasta salad. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.
  3. Serve over lettuce leaves.
Recipe Notes

Figure 3 salmon fillets, you need to skin these yourself, to make the 2 cups of cooked salmon. The salmon fillets I get are 69 Baht each. For 6 servings, this is about $1.02, good value overall.

Shortcut: Steamed Salmon.

Adapted from an internet recipe.