Greedy-licious Eating In & Eating Out for Less than Hundred Rupees; Budget Weekend

It is easy to find food for a hundred rupees in India. Just scout the roads, get right in the middle of the hustle bustle of the city. You will find everything from kebabs, biryanis, Baida Rolls (Egg Rolls), Pav Bhaji, Idlis & Dosas to Rasta Chinese, all in hundred bucks. Now, it is slowly getting tougher to find food for hundred bucks. This is an expensive time and quality of food for a hundred bucks is not always a surety, especially non-vegetarian food. Here are some recipes you can try with the hygiene standards maintained at home. There are also a few place in Mumbai and Pune that have built trust in terms of quality of food and its affordability. Having said that, it is better to choose wisely when buying in a tight budget, it is often smart to buy vegetarian or pay more and go for good quality non-veggie food. After all in try to cut cost you don’t want to fall sick, right?


Eating In for Under 100


Chicken Fried Rice = Boneless Chicken Cubes + chopped Spring Onion + Garlic + Ginger + undercooked Rice, kept in the freezer for 20 minutes #Foodmantra + Dried Prawns + salt + pepper + Herb Oil


‪#Under100 Dessert Ravioli = Flour + Water + grated Pumpkin + Cinnamon = filling Star Anise flavoured honey syrup for the sauce.


‪#Under100 Lemon Ravioli = Flour + water + Lemon Rind + Homemade Paneer + salt filling in Sage + Browned Butter Sauce


‪#Under100 Dum Aloo = Small Potatoes + Red Chili Paste + Ginger + Tejpatta + Jeera + Saunf + Badi Elaichi + Cloves + Hung Curd + Cinnamon + salt


‪#Under100 PavBhaji = Pav + potato + tomato + cauliflower + capsicum + peas + Red Chili + Pav Bhaji Masala + Garam Masala + 1/2 ‪#Onion 😀


‪#Under100 Chicken Masala = Chicken + garlic + ginger + Green Chili + Whole Garam Masala + Dried Coconut + coriander leaves +1 ‪#onion (Expensive Onion!) with rice


Chicken Curry

Chicken Curry

‪#Under100 Gnocchi = potato + flour + salt. For Asian Pesto Sauce you need basil + garlic + cheese + cream + peanuts See process here for Gnocchi. ‪ …


‪#Under100 Stir Fried Noodles = Noodles + salt + green Garlic + mushrooms + Sponge Gourd + Broad Beans + Red Chili / Chili Paste + Terphal


‪#Under100 Meal, a delectable dish is Sarson Saag and Makki Roti or any saag that you can prepare with spinach, dill, bathua, onion & garlic greens at this time of the year. See recipe here, ‪ …


Sarson Ka Saag Makki Ki Roti

Sarson Ka Saag Makki Ki Roti

‪#Under100 Gatte Ki Sabzi = Gram Flour + Water + Turmeric + salt for making the gatta. Bay Leaf + Cumin + Chili + Curd + coriander powder + turmeric for ‪the #curry ‪ …


Many ‪#Rajasthani Dishes like papad ki sabzi, kadhi, gatte ki sabzi & dal can be made for ‪#Under100 meals.

Rajasthai Thali

Rajasthai Thali

Eating Out for Under 100


Other ‪#under100 meals Make-At-Home or at a thela at midnight ‪#BhurjiPav (I can literally picture myself sitting on the bonnet  of the car on an empty road at midnight having bhurjee pav) or even Pav Bhaji is my favourite!


‪#Under100 meals are available in ‪#Mumbai or ‪#Pune Irani Restaurants. My personal is favourite drool worthy, salivate like a dog ‪#KeemaPav Spicy food ki kasam!


‪#Under100 Meals at Aswad ‪in Dadar, Mumbai include Thalipeeth, Sabudana wadas, khichadi, Pithla-Bhakar for the ‪Marathi Food patron.


For the Love of Food you must go for ‪#Under100 Meals at Goodluck Cafe in ‪Pune. Try their Mutton ‪keema , Egg Biryani or Egg Curry with Rumali Roti. Lip smackingly, greedylicious food.


 Other Posts in the Budget Series

Cutting the #Onion out in 10 Curry Recipes, Onion Jokes and More  Experiment and enjoy!! #onionfreecurry #currys

All tips & tricks on #BudgetKitchen I tweeted on #MantraAt3 last few days are on this post for you. #Rupee #economy …


With 9 Guidelines for an Indian Budget Kitchen, Get Unlimited Laughter Free

Don’t you wish salaries were increasing at the same speed at which the ‪Rupee is falling? I bet you are facing the same problem that I am facing, cutting down on the amount we spend in the kitchen every month. If you have been reading my tweets on #MantraAt3 everyday at 3pm then you must have read the tips I’ve been sharing. You’ll be surprised how smart buying, storage & smart cooking can effectively cut cost without pinching your great taste. Don’t get intimidated reading about the price hike in the newspaper everyday. Put on your thinking cap and pull out these Budget Kitchen tricks. It will become a fun game, I promise.

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Now the real big question is, will ‪Rupee jokes take over from ‪Rajnikant and ‪CID jokes? Some of the jokes on twitter are really giving Rajnikant competition take a look.

@papacj: Disneyland is opening a new ride in which you free fall from a great height in just a few seconds. They’re calling the ride ‘The Indian Rupee’!

‪@fakingnews :BREAKING: Prime Minister’s US trip cancelled as there are not enough dollars

‪@coolfunnytshirt: Next episode of Crime Patrol may show How UPA forced ‪#Rupee to commit suicide.

@coolfunnytshirt: Agle janam mohe dollar he kijjo – Rupee

Ramesh Srivats on Twitter: Everyday a new record. Truly the Sergei Bubka of currencies.


Budget Buying

Guideline no. 1 – Choose local

1) Choose local, grown fresh seasonal fruits and veggies in place of bottled preserves for  a ‪BudgetKitchen.

2) Go for Local Brands such as TATA or ITC for food products in the kitchen shelf over foreign brands.

3) Use Sponge Gourd / Taroi in place of expensive veggies like ‪zucchini, with similar flavour & texture it is available at a lower price.

4) Drop that imported ‘Branded’, expensive apple & instead buy organic, local fruits from our orchards. ‪@ShopforChange

5) Go local this season, buy local Apples, Pomegranate, Jamun and Bananas instead of Rambutan n Kiwis from the shelf.

6) Drop that high priced arborio rice packect & cook up barley ‪#risotto instead. Barley is grown in India, easily available & cheaper. ‪#BudgetKitchen ‪#MantraAt3

7) You’ll be surprised how easy it is to replace fancy & expensive ingredients with cheaper substitutes in International Cooking.

8) Pricey polenta in this plate can be replaced with sooji /rawa / Semolina flavoured with herbs.  ‪#BudgetKitchen

Polenta Dish

Polenta Dish

9) No need to sell my kidney to buy Couscous here. Replace it with coarse makke-ka-atta/ cornmeal or even wheat daliya.

10) Basa, competitior of Indian fish & is more expensive than Bekti. It belongs to the same family as Pangashis from ‪#Bengal sold whole, which you can opt for instead of Basa.

11) Indian farmed Basa is also pricey, so why not experiment with the wide variety of Indian fresh water fish like Rohu & other seafood varieties?

Guideline No. 2 – Grow Your Own

12) Plant the stalk with the seeds next time you cut a fresh red bell pepper. Grow it in pots at home or at your windowsill instead of buying it.

13) Freeze in ‪Olive Oil or grow your own but there’s no point wasting that pack of parsley or sage or oregano which you’ve bought & used only once.

Guideline No. 3 – Make Your Own

‪14)  Thai ‪Curry paste or other imported ready pastes are more in price & less in freshness. Make these pastes it over a weekend ‪in the BudgetKitchen.

Green Thai Curry

Green Thai Curry

Here’s ‪#HowtoMake your own ‪Thai Curry paste at home on a weekend ‪ …

15) Find your nearest chakki & get that wheat, jowar or bajra freshly ground at a lower cost. This flour is also more fibrous.

16) Drink the ‪whey ‪protein in the liquid after making paneer & save yourself the trouble of buying protein shakes.

17) Make Ricotta cheese at home, instead of buying the expensive pack. I think ‪@caramelwings has a recipe for that.

Guideline No. 4 – Smart Buys

18) Go to the bakery after 9pm. Before closing time most bakeries go on a half off policy. Goods are still fresh, but cheaper.

19) Us women have a third eye for SALE. Pick up only what you need & store in airtight boxes. Plan a menu around those sale items.

20) Go for loose ‪eggs or desi anda over branded. Desi anda is equally good or even better at times & cheaper always.

21) Buy in bulk and stock up longer shelf life items like flour, salt for two months.  Draw a weekly budget, plan a menu & shop only what you need, accordingly.

22) Shop small quantity of perishable items often. When it comes to dairy, green leafy etc, you can avoid wastage if you don’t happen to use them.

23) It is ‪oil not ‪diamond honey! Expensive is not always better. Buy the cheaper variety of items like olive oil or canola oil. ‪ Bikaner is now coming up with Indian manufactures Olive Oil which will turn out to be cheaper than imported olive oils.


Budget Cooking

Guideline No. 5 – Avoid Wastage

24) Complete all Mis en place that is pre-prep before you start cooking to save fuel & that extra ‪gas cylinder cost.

25) Use veggies with high yield & low wastage, such as variety of green beans, cabbage, and potatoes.

26) My nutritionist tells me that the green part of cauliflower, which we usually discard, is rich in Vitamin C & dietary fibres. Use it in cooking, either add it to the cauliflower preparation or add mix with mashed potato for a patty.

27) Don’t throw away stale bread instead use it for crumbing & frying. Grind the bread & store in an air-tight container in the freezer.

Guideline No. 6 – Using Leftovers

28) Reduce leftover vegetable curry with spices like bhuna jeera, chili & meat masalas mix it with mashed potato for delicious vegetable Seekh Kebabs.

29) My ex-boss, a ‪#Sindhi couldn’t stop praising the Sel Masala Roti made with leftover chapattis. Have you tried it? Here is a recipe to use leftover roti in a snack.

To make Sel Roti ; Garlic + onion + tomato + rotis + green chili + coriander powder + chili powder + garam masala + salt + coriander leaves + Amchur

To give ‪#Sindhi SelRoti a little twist squeeze lemon juice instead of Amchur & add in crushed papad for crunch.

30) Make lunchbox sandwiches with last night’s leftover salad. Mix the salad with flavoured hung curd to hold it as a filling.

Guideline No. 7 – Cooking Local

31) Ragi cooked in milk, sattu or wheat daliya are few desi breakfast preparations that can replace your packaged cornflakes in a ‪BudgetKitchen.

32) Get creative, use Indian local veggies like brinjals, taroi, corn, along with locally made mozzarella for your pizza in ‪#BudgetKitchen.

33) Go for Mexican/Italian/Spanish cuisines you can make with Indian grocery ingredients over Japanese / Scandanavian.

34) Dedicate ‪Rupee low time to Indian Food. Indian recipes like dal, curry & veggie preparations save cost. Add a creative twist with herbs.

Indian Food

Indian Food

Guideline No. 8 – Cook Smart

35) Guests at home? Go for Dum Aloo instead of Matar Paneer. maida naan over Puris for a good tasting & a low budget meal.

36) Cook for large portions this festive season. Choose cheaper ingredients for bulk like potato, cauliflower then play with masalas. Add flavor with spices, they are used meagerly but lend great taste to the food.

37) Kaam-choriness, thanks to Ready Cut Veggies, Browned Onions available in the market. Let’s not catch rust in front of the TV. Brush-up your skills and do the cutting, chopping at home. This also retains the nutrition in veggies.



Proper Storage

Guideline No. 9 – Store Right, Reduce Spoilage

38) Invest in Air-Tight Containers and zip-lock bags to increase the shelf life of food items.

39) Cling Wrap is God-sent when it comes to preventing food spoilage and wastage. Use cling wrap keep dough soft and the odour of strong smelling foods catching on to other stuff in the fridge.

40) Another Ande ka Funda is to use old ‪eggs for cakes & store new eggs in the fridge to keep them fresh longer.


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