Budget Friendly Meals - Chickpea Coconut Curry

To help our students through the Cost of Living crisis, we've put together some budget-friendly recipes, each providing 4 servings of warm food while costing less than £12

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This is a quick and easy vegetarian-friendly recipe full of comforting carbs to keep your energy levels topped up when running between lecture halls.

Chickpea Coconut Curry


  • 1L Tesco Pure Vegetable Oil, 1tsp - £1.85
  • 1 x red onion, finely sliced - £0.21
  • 2 x Redmere Farms garlic, chopped - £0.95
  • 20g Tesco ginger, peeled and grated - £1.20
  • 400g Grower’s Harvest plum tomatoes - £0.34
  • 2x 400g tins Tesco chickpeas in water, drained and rinsed - £0.59
  • 400g tin coconut milk - £0.85
  • 300g Growers Harvest frozen garden peas - £0.55
  • 15g fresh cut coriander, roughly chopped - £0.52
  • 1 x lime, cut into wedges - £0.24
  • 2 x 250g Growers Harvest microwave Basmati rice - £0.42

Total - £8.15


  1. Heat the oil in a large, deep frying pan or casserole dish over medium-high heat
  2. Add the onion, garlic and ginger and cook for 5 mins until softening, then add the plum tomatoes and roughly break them up with a wooden spoon, then simmer for 5 minutes
  3. Add the chickpeas and coconut milk and simmer for 10 mins until thickened, adding the peas for the final 5 mins of cooking time
  4. Stir through most of the coriander and season to taste
  5. Divide the curry into four bowls and scatter with the remaining coriander
  6.  Serve with lime wedges on the side

You can get all of these ingredients from Tesco for £8.15

(prices are correct at the time of writing)


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