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Easy peasy and cheap as chips curry, yoghurt chicken

Easy peasy and cheap as chips curry, yoghurt chicken

This dish was my youngest son’s favourite when he was little and l haven’t made it in years. While I was in the middle of making it, a smile came to my face as I remembered him coming home one day when he was little and asking me to make the same dinner he had just had at his friend’s house. I was so excited because this child only ate plain pasta and chicken schnitzel. I was awash with these sentimental happy recollections when all of a sudden my mood started to shift and I felt like I was going to burst out crying in an instant, I was so devastated. What the hell is wrong with me, I thought, this menopause is doing my head in...

But as I continued on down memory lane, things became clearer

I remembered this sinking feeling straight after the elation of him asking me to make him something different. What if it was expensive? What if I couldn’t afford it? You see we were really broke. I mean, we had practically no money for food. I could only afford to buy the basics and use my imagination to create something out of nothing. I used to make the schnitzel paper thin, so it would last.

I remember one of my children asking me, ‘Why don’t we have food in the fridge like my friend,’ and me replying, ‘We’re a big family and we go through it quickly.’ To which he replied, ‘They have five children and their fridge is ALWAYS full!’

I went to bed crying that night...

But when I found out the ingredients for my youngest son’s newfound recipe, I was so excited. It was very affordable, everyone loved it and it became a staple in my home.

Maybe I should make this more often, so I’m reminded not to whinge about the first-world problems I have these days, and to remind me to express my gratitude for what I have now more often...

Here it is, my affordable, easy, yummy dinner dish xxx


  • 1.5kg Chicken drumsticks

  • 1/3 cup Greek yoghurt

  • 1/2 tablespoon ground sweet paprika

  • 4 cloves garlic crushed

  • 1teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 200c

  2. In a large bowl, whisk the yoghurt, oil, garlic, lemon juice, spices, salt and pepper. Toss in the chicken drumsticks, coat completely, cover and marinate for an hour.

  3. Arrange the chicken on a baking dish lined with baking paperr and cook in the oven for 35minutes

  4. I served it on a bed of rice mixed with spices, sultanas and nuts.

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