1 Person £1 Day 4

£1 a day potato curry and rice • Photo by PhilAshley.com

We make a version of this Sag Aloo regularly at home on non budget days as it’s so tasty. This time instead of using fresh potatoes I’ve used tinned, and instead of frozen spinach I use half a tin. Also instead of the spices I usually toast to make the flavours, I use a cheap jar of curry sauce, but at only 23p I can add a pinch of chilli to spice it up a bit more if needed. I also cook up 3 times more rice than I need as 2/3 will be used on other meals later in the week.

I’m really finding it hard this £1 challenge week as there wasn’t enough money left over to buy ingredients to make any sweet treat, although I did find a club biscuit in the back of my draw at work that I must have put there before Christmas. I’m still debating whether it’s cheating if I eat it or not as I didn’t buy it this week.

Toast and Jam

Mashed sardines in tomato on toast

Sag Aloo Curry with rice

Potato Curry (Sag Aloo)
Adapted from Jamie Oliver Recipe


1/4 of the onion
1 tomato
1/2 tablespoon cooking oil
1 tin of potatoes large ones chopped in half
2 cloves of garlic
1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes
1/2 Jar curry sauce
1/2 tin of spinach

Method for the Sag Aloo

Firstly take a mug of rice and wash it 3 times in cold water to take out most of the starch.

Boil the rice with 2 mugs of water, then simmer with the lid on as per the packet instructions.

With a hand blender chop up the onion, tomato and garlic and fry in oil for a few minutes then add the chilli flakes and fry for a few minutes more.

Next add the curry sauce and heat up for about 10 minutes until it thickens slightly.

Next add the potatoes and heat through on a low setting, but don’t stir too much as you’ll squash the potatoes.

When the potatoes are heated through add the spinach and stir through to warm up.

Season to taste.

After the rice is cooked and drained use 1/3 of it to serve with the curry sauce. The rest of the rice will be saved in the fridge to be used for two other meals in the week.

Add a little chopped coriander scattered on top if you have it.

If you have a little flour you could also make chapatis to go with this meal. The recipe for this is available on this blog.