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    Default Re: The Frugal or (Dirt Cheap) Indian Menu

    Hi Kathryn,

    Indian cooking is healthy and cheap too. It covers all the nutritional requirements . Being a vegetarian with Indian cooking is a better option too. But even if u cook meat tht wudnt be much of an expense copmpared to western foods. Indian cooking needs uasge of lots of spices and ingredients a d can be prepared from scartch easily. This website is atreasure trove of Indian vegetarian cooking. Keep browsing.
    Happy eating.

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    Default Re: The Frugal or (Dirt Cheap) Indian Menu

    Kathryn:
    You will need to build your spice library and keep that in the freezer so you don't need to rebuy (in glass jars preferably). Spices, rice and beans are cheap at Indian markets. If you are (un)lucky enough to be on food stamps some markets take them. Most Indian cooks use a pressure cooker for a number of dishes so you can look for one at yard sales but you can do without also. One website that sends you several recipes a month by email is tarladala.com and her recipes are well tested. IL has many good posters especially in South Indian dishes. You can use ground turkey for many of the chicken dishes using minced chicken which is probably your cheapest healthy meat choice. Many of the ladies here are using alternative grains instead of rice for some meals.....I find millet one of the cheapest choices. Others are doing interesting things with oatmeal....do a search on the website.

    Have fun with your cooking!


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