- with just a handful of ingredients (for students who like to eat real food)
I was packing some bits and pieces for my twin teens yesterday. They’re heading off to the big smoke for university this weekend. I know they cook at home but I wonder how this will translate in student accommodation. After all, with a chef and food writer for a parent, and kitchen cupboards that are almost falling off the walls with ingredients and spices from around the globe, it would be odd if they didn’t like to cook. But what about when they’re sitting in their halls with a poky little kitchen and it’s soul-less empty cupboards?
I started thinking they probably need a shopping list to get them started. And I wondered if it would be helpful (or interfering) for me to jot down a few simple recipes; dishes with only a handful of ingredients that they could easily make in more limited surroundings? Yes was the resounding answer from some of my friends, and the teens themselves. So here it is. Five easy peasy recipes that are cheaper than chips and might even win a few new friends over dinner.
Follow the links here for a downloadable pdf of each recipe:
Simple Dal with Garlic & Lemon
THE SHOPPING LIST
The shopping list below provides the basis of stuff needed to make the basic recipes above. It can be challenging to live on a student budget, so a small selection of dried spices can be really helpful. Buy them from a local Indian or Pakistani grocery shop rather than the supermarket, as you will save a small fortune. I’ve also included some extras at the bottom, in case you’re feeling flush or want to impress a little more. A few of the dishes leave the option for you to add your favourite things like peppers, mushrooms, chapattis, quorn pieces or whatever's your bag. So have a read of the recipes and add those things to your shopping list.
You will need:
Dried rice noodles (flat or vermicelli type)
Tin of coconut milk
Crunchy peanut butter
Frozen leaf spinach
Veg oil (light olive oil, rapeseed, sunflower etc)
Salt (try to avoid table salt as it's full of crap & bad your heart)
Dried chilli flakes or chilli powder
Turmeric powder (also called haldi, bright yellow powder)
Vegetable stock, preferably powder
Garam masala (Indian spice powder)
Fresh limes or lemons (or both)
Frozen leaf spinach
Your favourite vegetables, tofu, quorn etc
Feeling a bit more flush?
Fresh red chillies
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