I'd like recipes for simple Indian Curries that are easy and don't need too many spices.?!

Question: I'd like recipes for simple Indian Curries that are easy and don't need too many spices.?
I'm a vegetarian and on a very tight budget. I'd like to vary my diet with some very simple curry dishes. Because of my budget I cannot buy too many expensive spices so something tasty and basic would be just fine. Can I subsitute brown rice for the white rice used in Indian cooking? Is is also possible to make Indian chutneys and pickles that are low in salt content?


Buy just one spice blend called Garam Masala from the Indian Grocery store. Keep it in the fridge and you can use it with any Indian curry, it is the King of spices. It already has cumin, coriander, clove, cinnamon and other aromatics. It'll cost you about $2 and you only need about 1/2 to 1 tsp for a curry.
You can use fresh lime and cilantro on the curry to make it taste authentic, cilantro or coriander leaves is cheap and easily available.

You can substitute brown rice for white rice. I am Indian and even if this is not traditional, I've been substituting this for the last 2 years, on and off.

Indian chutneys can most definitely take the low salt, try it. As for pickles, they are highly salted so that they can be preserved, also meant to be eaten in small quantities, unlike the pickles of the west.


This is the dish my American mother cooked to introduce her children to curry.

Ingredients for 4 servings
4 hard boiled eggs
1 tablespoon shortening
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup cold milk
1 tablespoon Madras curry powder (or to taste)
pinch salt
hot steamed rice

Melt shortening in sauce pan.
Stir in flour, allow to cook a little.
Pour in milk, Whisk until combined fully.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat, stir constantly until thickened.
Remove from heat, stir in curry powder, salt, and chopped hard boiled eggs.

Serve over steamed rice.
Pass usual curry condiments tableside:
chopped nuts
Major Grey's chutney or other
sliced bananas
raisins or currants
chopped green onions
diced tomato
et cetera

>>We called this "Green Eggs" and we loved it.

instead of buying spices, buy a box or two of different masala powder and add them to a fried onion and tomato base....my favorite masalas are: chicken tikka masala and rajma masala.
any indian grocer carries them and it will be cheaper than buying all the spices individually and trying on your own.

I use regular curry powder, curry whatever I Leke, it may be sausages one night, or vegetables at other times, mince or lamb etc.
Brown rice is ok.

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