Wednesday, 16 January 2008


This is a really cheap recipe which can be varied and added to – depending on what you have*. It is very filling and can be made for under £3 in total (using cheaper supermarket value ingredients). The basic recipe for 4 people is:

1 large onion chopped
2 tablespoons oil or butter
1 eating apple** peeled, cored and chopped roughly into1 centimetre pieces
1 jar of curry sauce*** (around 400-500gms)
100gms (4 ozs) sultanas
2 tins of baked beans in tomato sauce (415g size)
2 tablespoons of brown pickle (something like Branston) if you have it.
200 gms (about 8 ozs) rice washed, then cooked according to packet instructions.

  • Cook rice according to the instructions on the packet.
  • Meanwhile, fry the onion in the oil or butter in a large saucepan, until soft, keeping covered.
  • Add the apple and stir, cooking for a further 5 mins.
  • Add the curry sauce, scraping the jar out well! Stir the curry.
  • Put a couple of centimetres of water in the empty jar, screw lid back on and shake well, add this water to the curry mixture.
  • Add the baked beans, pickle and sultanas and stir well.
  • Keep on a low heat for around 15-20 mins.

To serve drain rice, divide between 4 plates and heap the curry into the centre of each.

* You can add any left over, cooked vegetables to this curry – just stir them in half way through the cooking time.

** If you have a slightly soft and wrinkly old apple lurking at the bottom of your fridge, this is the ideal recipe to use it up in!

To stretch this curry a bit further, add a tin of chopped tomatoes (or chop a tin of tomatoes yourself) stirring in half way through cooking.

*** Try and stock up with jars of curry sauce when they are on offer.

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