Dining In – The New Eating Out – Indian Family Feast

Our post about our Mexican Family Feast has been one of our most popular recipes ever. The boys continue to like Chilli and this month they have also come to love a good curry – albeit a mild one!

Dining in is the new eating out - My Boys Club enjoy an Indian Style Family Feast together.

The Fakeaway

As supermarkets continue to report a surge in sales of ingredients for home takeaways, including Indian food, that we are rustling up ourselves, these ‘fakeaways’ can be less salty, cheaper making them fresher and more frugal.

And can also help get over the guilty desire for a tasty Indian meal, especially on a weekend.

Before going straight for a curry. We introduced chip shop style curry sauce first, the youngest actually liked it first but after trying one of my curry dishes once the eldest then decided he liked the idea of this new cuisine too. We decided to have a family curry night, with all the trimmings!

Dining in is the new eating out - My Boys Club enjoy an Indian Style Family Feast together.

Not only was it cheaper than a takeaway, I also had a fair idea of what was in most of it – and the boys also got involved in the shopping, preparation and cooking, so it was a win, win situation all round.

As you will see below our family of four enjoyed an Indian style family feast this week, cooking some of the food from scratch and adding accompaniments from the supermarket and it cost less than £4.00 per person. 

To order the equivalent from a local takeaway delivery service would have cost over £40.

 The Indian Style Family Feast:

  • Quorn & Vegetable Korma with sweetcorn peas, carrots and potatoes
  • Pilau Rice & Naan Bread
  • Mini Poppadum’s & Large Poppadum’s with Indian style dips
  • Vegetable Samosas & Bhajis
  • Side dishes: Bombay Potatoes, Saag Aloo, Tarka Dal

Dining in is the new eating out - My Boys Club enjoy an Indian Style Family Feast together.

Method: Home-made Quorn Korma

  1. Par-boil  a handful of small potatoes and chop in half or into bite size chunks
  2. Chop one onion and fry until lightly cooked in a pan on the hob.
  3. Add chopped garlic the Quorn pieces and the Korma sauce simmer.
  4. Add water if necessary.
  5. Add par-boiled potatoes and some frozen vegetables
  6. Continue to simmer for 10 – 15 mins.
Dining in is the new eating out - My Boys Club enjoy an Indian Style Family Feast together.

Additional preparation: 
Cook the rice in the microwave.
Cook the side dishes in the microwave
Cook the samosas, bhajis and naan bread in the oven.
Place all other ingredients on the dining table and serve to a hungry family.

Dining in is the new eating out - My Boys Club enjoy an Indian Style Family Feast together.

Cost: Less than £12 for four people and there was enough left over for a meal the following night.
  • Quorn Chicken Pieces £1 (on offer at the time in Morrisons - and often are I find)
  • Korma Sauce 67p
  • Frozen sweetcorn peas, carrots 20p
  • Small potatoes 20p
  • Onion 10p
  • Pilau Rice 67p
  • Mini Poppadoms 88p
  • Large Poppadoms 81p
  • Dips – mango chutney, lime pickle and raita £1
  • Naan Bread 50p
  • Vegetable Samosas & Bhajis £1.15
  • Sharwoods Bombay Potatoes £1 (now £1.77 but were on offer at the time)
  • Sharwoods Saag Aloo £1 (now £1.77 but were on offer at the time)
  • Sharwoods Tarka Dal £1 (now £1.77 but were on offer at the time)
  • 4 cornetto style ice-creams £1

 Total: £11.53

Not only was it fairly inexpensive, but again just like with the Mexican feast it was a lovely family meal. We all sat together around a table sharing food. We ate the poppadoms with raita, mango chutney and lime pickle (the mango chutney was everyone's favourite), we also used the dips with the samosas and bhajis and got very full eating the curry, rice and naan bread. Then finished it off with an ice-cream (again).

The boys have described it as great, fantastic and fabulous and when can we have it again!.
Cost: Under £12 for four people
Time: Half an hour to prepare and cook - a 
My Boys Club Rating: The boys were really keen to try out Indian food, the result is that curry sauce, in particular, is now the flavour of the month in our house.
What's your favourite fakeaway?

Deb x


  1. Oh yum! We're going to cook a family curry on Saturday I think x

  2. This looks delicious!! My favourite is mexican I think but my husband is a huge fan of Indian so I think this one could be a hit!! Will give it a go

  3. Wow! This all looks so delicious. I LOVE curry, and so do all my family. I will definitely be taking notes from your recipe and trying to recreate at some point soon Kate (www.fivelittlestars.com)

  4. Mmmm that looks amazing!! Love an Indian takeaway but will have to try doing it at home! x

  5. Yummmm! Home cooked is always the best option and so cheap too!!!!

  6. This looks so good! I definitely need to start doing more fakeaways. My favourite is Chinese food x

  7. We are trying to save at the moment so this is a good way to still get a take away fix! Our favourite is Chinese though! x

  8. Our favourite is Chinese. We are trying to save at the moment so a fakeaway would be a great idea! x

  9. Looks fab, still haven't got around to doing the mexican :( right, time to get organised and book it into our meal planner, thanks for sharing #foodiefriday

  10. Fakeaways are my absolute favourite! We like the KFC style box from TESCO.

  11. wow, this looks amazing, and so cheap!! #foodiefriday

  12. ooo that looks so delicious!!
    Thanks for linking to #foodiefriday

  13. I love a fakeaway, it's so much more tasty and you know exactly what's in them too! Thanks for linking up to #FoodieFriday