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
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.