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Budget Friendly Slow Cooker Curry Recipe

There is nothing I love more than a quick and easy meal. Something you can pop on in the morning and by the time you are done with your day it's ready and all you need to do is sit down and eat it! What's more, if you are trying to save money, the low-budget meals are super easy if you own a slow-cooker. I do and it is by far one of the best investments I have made. You can use less food but make it stretch further and it is super easy to use. To kick start your easy, budget friendly meals, I am going to give you my easy Slow Cooker Curry Recipe which can be adapted depending on budget or dietary requirements.

Shopping List (serves 4-6)

1 Large potato - 25p

Half a bag of Frozen mixed vegetables - 50p

1 onion - 9p

3 Tbsp of Curry powder - 39p

1 Tin of Chopped Tomatoes - 29p

1 Tin of Coconut Milk - 75p

Salt and Pepper

Rice to serve (300g for 4) - 29p

Total cost per person = 64p per person.

Add 2 chicken thighs - 39p

Total cost per person = 74p


1. Turn your slow cooker onto low if first thing in the morning and high if around midday.

2. If using chicken thighs, pop these whole with the bones still in, in the bottom of the slow cooker. Add the onion, chopped and the large potato, peeled and chopped into cubes and the rest of the ingredients.

3. Pop the lid on and leave for 4-6 hours. If you have added chicken, then using two forks, remove the skin and bones and shred the thighs and mix with the rest of the curry before serving. Season to taste.

4. Put water onto boil and add the rice. When the water is bubbling, turn off the heat and put a lid on and leave the rice for 10 minutes or so to have perfectly cooked rice to serve with the curry.

There you have it - my budget friendly super easy slow cooker curry, suitable for all budgets and diets. If you have a bit more to spend or there is better availability, swap out the frozen mixed veg for 2 carrots, a large sweet potato, some cauliflower or some parsnip and peppers. Pretty much anything can go in a curry and work! I love stirring a cup of spinach through it just before serving.

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