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5 Easy & Affordable Meals to Make the Most of Your Grocery Budget

We are all stuck indoors and due to the circumstances of the lockdown, some of us may find ourselves spending more on groceries. If you are having trouble finding a way to keep your budget in check, this article may be helpful for you.

Many people try to stay away from cooking at home because they think it can be a costly and complicated task. Eating out and ordering food might be simple, but can be strenuous on your bank account. If you are interested in healthy and cost-saving alternatives to regular meals or dining out, we have a few options. Here are 5 easy and affordable meals you can make to help you stretch your grocery budget and control your spending. To find the prices for the ingredients, we gathered information from Big Basket.

Roasted Chicken with Veggies

Roasting an entire chicken is extremely economical as it is fairly cheap and is likely enough food to last for multiple meals for many families. The recipe requires you to season the meat and vegetables, and then roast them in the oven for approximately 90 minutes. A whole chicken can be purchased at a butcher for approximately Rs. 290. Additionally, it's a simple recipe for most families as the seasonings and additional ingredients can likely be found in your pantry. The table below contains the primary ingredients that make this dish.

Cost of Making Roasted Chicken with Veggies

This table shows the cost of making chicken with veggies

This dish is fairly large and will last longer than a single meal, especially for a quarantined couple of 2. However, this means you will have leftovers and will not need to cook for another meal. You can also use the extra meat or bones in other dishes you may choose to cook.

Green Moong Dal Khichdi

Green Moong Dal Khichdi is a lentil based dish that has a balanced combination of both carbohydrates and protein. On top of all this, it is a cheap dish to make that can fill you up during this lockdown. It's hard to believe that a dish this good can come down to under Rs. 9 per meal. This quick and easy dish will warm your day up and can be enjoyed with many different condiments. KhichdiIt is frequently eaten fresh off the stove with a side raita or chutney.

Cost of Making Green Moong Dal Khichdi

This table shows the cost of making Green Moong Dal Kichdi

Paneer Tikka Masala

Paneer Tikka Masala is a cost effective dish to make. The North Indian dish is quick and easy to make, perfect for anyone looking to make the most of their grocery budget. This dish also comes with a great curry that can be eaten plain with some rice or bread. This popular paneer dish comes down to approximately, Rs. 25 per meal.

Cost of Making Paneer Tikka Masala

This table shows the cost of making Paneer Tikka Masala

This low cost vegetarian dish is a great substitute for those who enjoy tikka but are trying to stay away from meat. This may turn out to be your favorite dish to cook at home. This dish is also low calorie and high protein for those vegetarians looking to increase their protein intake.

One Pot Pasta

This quick one pot pasta dish was made popular by Martha Stewart and takes just 10 minutes to prepare. This makes it an ideal dish for those take-out people that really do not enjoy being in the kitchen.

Cost of Making One Pot Pasta

This table shows the cost of making one pot pasta

The low cost and quick meal is perfect for those interested in a dish to feed the family that has minimal prep time and is quick to serve.

Butter Chicken

A classic Indian dish that first comes to mind for many across the globe when they imagine Indian food is butter chicken. This dish requires approximately 20 minutes to cook and can cost as little as Rs. 43 per meal.

Cost of Butter Chicken

This table shows the cost of making butter chicken

Butter chicken is usually served with naan or rice. This comfort food is great to make on a rainy day or when you or someone in the house is feeling down.

Key Factors of Cooking At Home

Contrary to popular belief, cooking does not have to be a complicated or time consuming task. We understand that this can be quite challenging for those who are not used to cooking or who enjoy dining out. Hopefully these 5 meals can help you enjoy the food you cook at home without overspending on your grocery budget. Additionally, there are many options out there to help you further cut your grocery bill, such as coupons or even paying with the right credit card can offer up to 5% cashback on all grocery purchases.

Sahmi Chowdhury

Sahmi is a Junior Research Analyst specialising in credit cards and insurance in India. He previously worked in the financial services sector at Brown Brothers Harriman and True Capital Management.