This is the cheapest, tastiest, easiest thing I know to cook. It probably costs a total of about £1 to make and will fill you right up. If you don’t fancy eating it on its own, you could use it as a side dish and if you want to stretch it even further, you can increase the stock and make it into a soup.
End of the month dhal
100g red lentils
3 tomatoes, roughly chopped
½ teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon garam masala
400ml chicken stock
Half a red chilli, finely chopped – at the supermarket they always want to sell you a bag of 5 chillies, I can never get through 5 chillies before they go off so I buy the little pots of pre-chopped chilli. More expensive but if you think of all the chillies I’ve had to throw away, not really. I put in about half a teaspoon of that. Alternatively if you really are VERY broke you can use half a teaspoon of hot chilli powder or flakes. Also if you like your food hotter/milder you can dial the chilli up or down accordingly.
1 small onion, grated
½ a small bunch of coriander, roughly chopped (optional)
Chuck everything, except the fresh coriander in a pot. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for twenty minutes. Stir in the coriander if using. Done. If you want to make it a little creamier you can also stir in a tablespoon of natural yoghurt after it’s finished simmering. Serves 2.