Cheap take on a traditional Indian dish for the cash-strapped student

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As many of you already know, Academics Can Kill Your Sanity is dedicated to pretty much all things related to being a college or university student in the twenty-first century.

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This naturally (in my opinion) includes matters pertaining to all student’s stomachs and that is why, as a little gift to you our valued Indian reader/student, I have decided to share a much cheaper take on a traditional Indian dish (with an added South African Indian twist of course) with all my valued readers. Enjoy!

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Easy Cheap Curry And Rice
Ingredients:
1 Onion (diced)
1 Diced potato
2 Peeled and diced tomatoes                                                                                               1 Can mixed vegetables (drained)                                                                                       2 Teaspoons turmeric powder
1 Teaspoon coriander
1 Teaspoon cumin
2 Bay leaves
Curry powder (as per spiciness/heat preference)
2 Cups uncooked rice
Method: Boil the rice in some salt water until cooked. Steam or boil the diced potato until it is soft enough to eat, but still firm. Fry the diced tomatoes and onion in a large pot, using some olive or sunflower oil and then add the spices, curry powder, vegetables and potato to the pot. Finally add a half a cup of water to the mix and bring to the boil. Cook the mixture through for approximately 15 minutes and then, finish off by serving the mixture on a bed of the cooked rice. Viola! There you have it; the easiest and most cheap Indian curry recipe you’ll find anywhere online!

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I hope you try this dish and that you thoroughly enjoy it!

Till Next time

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Academics Can Kill Your Sanity 2017

(www.academicscankillyoursanity.com)

Edit: If you need some more yummy cheap recipes, like the ultra cheap Indian curry recipe I shared with you above, visit the following link. Also be sure to check out my/our post entitled, ‘Starving student? Budget food ideas‘.

Need some cheap recipes? We’ve got you covered!

Cheap recipes: Image of a scale, eggs, flour and baking utensils

Ah the magical life of a student; perpetually broke and on the brink of starvation! The constant rise in living and food costs does not help the situation much either. That is why I am sure most students will agree that cheap recipes and meal ideas are a high priority; especially ones that don’t taste like cardboard.

Cheap recipes: Image of cardboard food on a white plateDon’t despair as today I thought I would share with you four very simple and cheap recipes that I was originally going to add to my e-book; call it a little gift from me to you since I pity you poor hungry souls so much during exam times. So without further ado, here they are:

Cheap recipes: Image of a hotpot Student’s Budget Hotpot
1 can of beans
6 pork sausages
A cup of, or 1 can of peas
1 cup uncooked macaroni
1 packet instant pasta sauce – tomato flavoured
Method: Boil the macaroni until soft/cooked. Slice the pork sausages into rounds and fry in a little oil until cooked through. Prepare the packet pasta sauce as per the instructions on the back of the pack (which is normally adding 250ml boiling water to the powder and stirring for one minute until thick). Then simply open the cans (beans/peas) and mix everything together in a large pot (the cooked sliced sausage rounds, macaroni, beans, peas and sauce).

Cheap recipes: Image of eggs and a recipe book with 'eggy delight' in the cornerEggy Delight
3 eggs
1 cup grated cheese
1 cup grated polony/baloney
Method: Break the eggs into a mixing bowl, add a little water and mix/whisk. Then pour the eggs into a very hot frying pan that has been thoroughly sprayed with a non-stick agent, or greased with butter/margarine. Put a lid on the pan and let the eggs steam and cook for a few minutes on medium heat. You are basically going to be making an omelette that you will be leaving open; think something in the lines of an egg pizza. Once the ‘omelette’ is cooked, gently lift it out of the pan into a plate. Cover with grated cheese and polony/baloney.

Cheap recipes: Image of tuna cakes

Tuna Cakes/Patties
2 eggs
3 cans of tuna (in water)
½ a diced onion
½ cup bread crumb or instant oats
Pepper and salt (to taste)
Method: Mix all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl, and then form little cakes/patties with your hands. Fry each cake/patty in a little oil (on each side) for about three minutes. Note: You can add any other spices you choose; parsley and oregano compliment the tuna flavour quite nicely.

Cheap recipes: Image of cheese and onion breadCheese and Onion Bread
1 packet white onion soup
2 cups flour
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
300 ml milk
1 tablespoon vinegar
Method: Mix all the ingredients together, pour into a bread loaf tin/pan and bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 25 to 40 minutes (depending on the oven you use).

Enjoy!

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Academics Can Kill Your Sanity 2017

(www.academicscankillyoursanity.com)

Questions to ask at university open days

The best way to learn more about prospective universities/colleges is by attending their open days. Once there, it is quite useless to simply walk around, checking out the place, without asking some questions that can help to guide your future decision regarding where you wish to study.

Below are 18 basic questions to ask during open days to ensure that you cover the important bases:

  1. What types of degrees/courses are offered?
  2. Are financial aid packages offered?
  3. Are tutoring programmes offered?
  4. How large are the average class sizes?
  5. How many students live on campus?
  6. What extra mural activities are made available/offered?
  7. Is there a student union?
  8. How safe are the dorms and campus? What security measures are in place?
  9. Are there opportunities for part time jobs in and around the campus?
  10. What teaching/instruction methods are used at the university/college?
  11. What dorm choices are offered?
  12. Are any types of Pets allowed in the dorms?
  13. What are the basic dorm rules?
  14. Are students allowed to hang items on dorm room walls?
  15. What assessment methods are used at the college/university?
  16. Are graduate job placements offered by the university/college after graduation?
  17. Does the university/college run job fairs?
  18. What documents are needed in order to enrol and when do application registrations close?

Do some research regarding what other questions to ask during open days; and whatever you do, make sure you DO attend several open days before deciding on which college/varsity you will be attending. Remember that 3 or 4 years is a very long time to spend at a university/college you despise, so be sure to make the right choice!

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Academics Can Kill Your Sanity 2017

(www.academicscankillyoursanity.com)

Edit: Be sure to ONLY apply at colleges you can afford to attend. It is absolutely devastating getting accepted into a varsity/college and then not being able to afford the tuition. Also, remember to apply for scholarships/bursaries asap, if this is the route you wish to go in!