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Beans and Lentils? Are you a real moneysaver?

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The biggest saving I've ever made in my life is to switch from eating loads of convenience food to eating loads of staples and actually... cooking. Has anyone else found this? You can get tonnes of… Read More
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7y, 1m agoPosted 7 years, 1 month ago
The biggest saving I've ever made in my life is to switch from eating loads of convenience food to eating loads of staples and actually... cooking.

Has anyone else found this? You can get tonnes of dried beans and lentils for hardly anything and make yourself a massive casserole or even a nice curry.

My local greengrocers also does 10kg of washed potatoes for £2.50. Not something I'd find in tesco or on here.

A little bit of effort in cooking and remembering to take a packed lunch and a big bottle of water with you to work, means loads more money to spend on the deals on here.

People moan that it's too much effort but it really isn't. Infact I found it has made me more organised in other things in life.

What shocks me more though is I'm actually finding the organic beans cheaper... than the ones in tesco that aren't organic.
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7y, 1m agoPosted 7 years, 1 month ago
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#1
nice thread op :)
#2
yeah gotta agree made my self chicken tikka masala and saag aloo the other day all from scratch no packs or cans only spices etc. best tikka masala ive eaten and not a jar in sight. lots of spics left for a few more.
#3
I make all my own baby food and freeze it in sterilised pots ready for microwaving later. It's saved me loads of money on baby food jars, and it's really easy to do. I also make pasta 'ready meals' and freeze them for the older children, great for when time is tight at tea time - there's always something in the freezer I just have to nuke and serve. I know exactly what's gone into it, and can get much more veg and fruit into them than usual, because it's hidden in the sauces!
#4
Been doing this for years.
Chana dal, Urad dal, Kitry. Yum Yum
Also a good source of protein for veggies :thumbsup:
banned#5
Recipes please :thumbsup:
#6
you are right.

I went to a brazilian/portugues restaurant when I was on holiday. I deicided to order some different stuff. I tried the black beans/turtle beans... amazing rich flavor. More about than: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=2

I got a receipt from a brazilian friend and started making it weekly. 500g for less than a £1.

We have beans with white easy cooking rice + anything (chichen, pork, beef, chips, roast pot. , etc)

Take about 1 hour to make and it last for days (2 people eating) .. gorgoues food.

We also start cooking chickpea & chorizo casseroles... Oh man, delicious. You can get chorizo from LIDs cheaper than sold by TESCO or ASDA.

If you don't want repeat and eat the same thing many days, just FREEZE IT. It will taste much better, believe.

Like beans, it is delicious, last for days and really cheap.. We can get chickpeas for £0.10
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/632938/500g-frozen-chickpeas-instore-at-as

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#7
I don't have a freezer either but stuff keeps for a few days in the fridge. I'd love to batch cook though, I'd save even more money.
#8
DLM;8108247
Recipes please :thumbsup:

Kitry

100g whole brown lentils
2tbsps olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1tbsp tomato puree
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp salt
250g basmati rice, washed
600 ml water

Place lentils in saucepan and cover with water. Simmer until just tender
Drain lentils and set aside
In the same saucepan heat the oil and saute the garlic for 2 mins - Don't Burn it!
Add the tomato puree turmeric and salt and fry stirring for 2 mins
Add the rice and the lentils and toss to coat well.
Pour in the water, bring to boil and simmer until rice is cooked.

You can serve this topped with sliced onions that have been slow fried for about 20 mins so that they turn dark brown and sweet. Delish!

[COLOR=red]NB Never add salt to lentils or beans before they are cooked otherwise the skin goes hard.[/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]Other recipes to follow[/COLOR]
1 Like #9
Urad Dal - use as a filing for parathas

1 cup Urad Dal (black Gram) cleaned and soaked overnight
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp asafoetida powder
2tsps fennel seeds coarsely ground
1tbsp Dal Masala

In a saucepan boil the urad dal with the baking soda until soft - 25 minutes or so.
Add salt and mash to a paste.

Add to Dal Masala mix well and use to fill 16 parathas (or naan or pitta bread)

Dal Masala

1 cup ground coriander
2 cups cumin seeds
1/4 cup white salt
1/2 cup whole black peppercorns
1/2 cup black cumin seeds
3 tblsps seeds from black cardamom pods
1/4 cup black salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
4 tsps ground cloves
1 tbsp asafoetida powder

Clean and prepare all spices. Set asafoetida aside and combine all other spices.
In a frying pan, dry roast half the mixed spices over a low heat until the spices are lightly browned and fragrant. now add the rest of the mixed spices and the asafoetida. Grind this mixture in a mortar or electric grinder to a very fine powder.
Remove the coarse residue with a sieve and store in a glass jar. Will store for 3 months (in dark).
#10
I can never understand why people buy **** pre packaged food on low incomes - I cook almost everything from scratch and it saves a fortune :roll:
#11
cannyscot
Kitry

100g whole brown lentils
2tbsps olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1tbsp tomato puree
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp salt
250g basmati rice, washed
600 ml water

Place lentils in saucepan and cover with water. Simmer until just tender
Drain lentils and set aside
In the same saucepan heat the oil and saute the garlic for 2 mins - Don't Burn it!
Add the tomato puree turmeric and salt and fry stirring for 2 mins
Add the rice and the lentils and toss to coat well.
Pour in the water, bring to boil and simmer until rice is cooked.

You can serve this topped with sliced onions that have been slow fried for about 20 mins so that they turn dark brown and sweet. Delish!

[COLOR=red]NB Never add salt to lentils or beans before they are cooked otherwise the skin goes hard.[/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]Other recipes to follow[/COLOR]


Thanks for posting, going to try this as it seems pretty straightforward and tasty:-D
#12
Andy1406
I can never understand why people buy **** pre packaged food on low incomes - I cook almost everything from scratch and it saves a fortune :roll:


I don't understand that either, I make most things myself & it saves a lot of money & tastes much better, I haven't bought a pre packaged meal in years!

For example today I made a big batch of pizza dough which will make around 5x12" pizzas, I just use what I want and pop the rest in the freezer for another day, the dough itself cost a couple of pound & you can top with what ever toppings you like & it saves a fortune instead of buying ready made ones! :thumbsup:
#13
Yes I agree with livingthe life; I often make my own pizzas from scratch; they cost next to nothing and so I can spend the extra on the topping as I LOVE parma ham and rocket which is usually expensive. Also I make my dough in a food mixer so it doesn't take much time either.

I also try and buy meat from the deli counter when it's reduced and then freeze it. They always have something on offer. Stewing steak is my favourite as you can make pies or stew and is much better homemade. Putting things in the slow cooker is a great way of using cheaper cuts of meat but making something delicious.
#14
livingthelife07
I don't understand that either, I make most things myself & it saves a lot of money & tastes much better, I haven't bought a pre packaged meal in years!

For example today I made a big batch of pizza dough which will make around 5x12" pizzas, I just use what I want and pop the rest in the freezer for another day, the dough itself cost a couple of pound & you can top with what ever toppings you like & it saves a fortune instead of buying ready made ones! :thumbsup:


I despise cooking,i couldn't be bothered making pizza dough:w00t:

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