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3 rial meal for four

17 Aug 2021

When the economic situation gets grim and pursestrings have to be tightened to avoid frivolous domestic expenditure, preparing budget meals at home can be helpful. Here’s how to prepare a simple, yet sumptuous, meal for four persons at home by spending just RO3 at the market.

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Spicy Mackerel Curry (cost – RO1.5approx)

 

Ingredients

1kg small mackerels (8-10 fish) – RO1

1 box fish masala (any brand) – 400bz

2 sachets tomato paste – 150bz

1tbsp ginger-garlic paste – 

1 onion – sliced

2 green chillies – slit

1 sprig curry leaves

4tbsp oil

Juice of half lemon

Salt, to taste

 

Method

Clean the fish and mark cuts on both sides of each. Marinate with 2tsp of fish masala, lemon juice, and salt to taste. Cut four fishes into halves and reserve for the curry while four full fishes will be fried later.

Now make the curry. Heat 2tbsp oil in a wok or curry pot, add the curry leaves followed by the onion. When the onions get translucent, add the ginger-garlic paste and fry for a minute. Then add 2tbsp of the fish masala powder and two sachets of tomato paste. Add half cup of water, mix all ingredients well and cook on low flame for 4-5 minutes. Then, add two cups of water and the green chillies, mix well, and continue cooking on medium flame for 6-8 minutes. Now add the fish pieces reserved for the curry, cover lid and simmer for 6-8 minutes till fish pieces are cooked well. 

 

To fry the fish:

Heat 2tbsp oil in a pan and fry the marinated fish for 4-5 minutes on both sides till they get a nice golden-brown char. For a crisper version, coat the marinated fish with either semolina, gram flour or rice flour and then shallow fry on both sides. You can serve the fried fish with onion rings and lemon wedges.

 

Note: Less than half of the fish masala is used for this recipe, which is equivalent to just 200bz. You may also try this recipe with sardines, sole fish or barracuda, all within the same price as mackerel.

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Steamed Rice (cost – 700bz approx)

 

Ingredients

½ kg basmati rice – 700bz (1kg costs around RO1.4)

Juice of half lemon

Salt, to taste

 

Method

Wash and soak the rice in water for half an hour. In a large pot, boil water and add the soaked rice. Half way through, add the lemon juice and salt to taste. When tender, remove from the fire and drain the water.  Set aside.

 

Jeera Aloo (cost – 300bz approx)

 

Ingredients

750g potatoes – 200bz (1kg costs around 350bz)

2 green chillies

1 onion – sliced

2 sprigs of coriander leaves

½ tsp turmeric powder

1tsp cumin seeds

1tsp mustard seeds

2 cloves garlic – sliced

1 sprig curry leaves

1tbsp oil

Salt, to taste

 

Method

Boil the potatoes till tender, peel and chop into cubes. Heat oil in a pan, add the mustard seeds. When the mustard crackles, add the curry leaves, onion, garlic and cumin seeds. Fry for 2 minutes on medium flame, then add the green chillies and turmeric powder. Add salt to taste and mix well. Now add the chopped potatoes and toss to coat well. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

 

 

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