Spice is nice: student-friendly recipes

Good nutrition is important for many reasons – especially if you want to keep your energy up, illness at bay and your concentration sharp while studying and working. We can often overlook our health when focusing on our careers, but it is worth remembering that looking after our basic needs is an essential, not a luxury.

One of my lovely law student friends has recently started creating student and budget friendly recipes over on Instagram here as @studentmealsonabudget – I highly recommend following the account for inspiration and guidance. She posts cheap and easy meals – ideal for novice cooks. She kindly agree to write up a recipe (suitable for vegans) for Silks And The City, which is filling, warming, quick to make and HEALTHY.  We not only need to feed our minds, but our bodies too – and a curry always hits the spot!

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Daal Moong

There are many different types of daal recipes. This one is a staple in most Pakistani households and is a simple one for beginner cooks to try.

Ingredients:

Daal

  • Yellow lentils: ½ cup
  • Garlic: 2 cloves
  • Salt: to taste
  • Red chilli powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Tumeric poweder: ¼ teaspoon
  • Water: as required to maintain the consistency

Tarka  

(This is the finishing touch which is poured over the daal for added flavour)

  • Oil: 2-3 tablespoons
  • Garlic: 2 cloves sliced
  • Cumin seeds: 1 teaspoon
  • Green chilli: 1-2
  • Coriander seeds: 1 teaspoon
  • Dried red chilli: 3
  • Coriander: to garnish

 Method:

  1. Empty the lentil seeds in a pan and pour water approximately an inch above them.
  2. Add salt, red chilli powder, garlic and turmeric powder.
  3. Let the lentils cook on a low flame until they are cooked (up to 20 minutes). Keep stirring until the lentils combine with the water to form a smooth consistency.
  4. [For the tarka]: In separate pan, heat the oil and add the sliced garlic, the cumin seeds, green chilli, coriander seeds and red dried chilli. Cook for a few minutes.
  5. Dish the daal in a serving bowl and pour the tarka over. Add some fresh coriander to garnish.

 Total price: £7.00

(One packet of lentils and jars of spices last for ages – so this is a very cost-effective meal.)

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Release your inner ‘Salt Bae’ with this simple recipe

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