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Monthly shopping saves money

Housewife Riteshni Lata makes sure that she does not miss out on anything when she goes shopping. There are two things that are part of her ritual when it comes
09 Feb 2018 11:00
Monthly shopping saves money
Kritisha Kishor at Shop N Save supermarket, in Labasa February 5, 2018. Photo: Wati Talebula

Housewife Riteshni Lata makes sure that she does not miss out on anything when she goes shopping.

There are two things that are part of her ritual when it comes to shopping – she does not leave for shopping without a shopping list and she does groceries shopping once a month.

“Times are hard, shopping once a month is convenient and saves money,” Ms Lata said.

The 37-year-old mother from Bulileka in Labasa always makes a shopping list to ensure that there is enough for a month.

The youngest of her three children is a three-year old daughter whom she can’t leave behind when she goes shopping.

“It is difficult and inconvenient to be shopping every week with a toddler tagging along,” the mother of three said.

“But I take her with me because she also needs to be there with me to learn a few things.

“It is always important to list down what is needed in the house so that I don’t forget anything.

“I have never gone to do my shopping without a shopping list.”

The day before she goes shopping Ms Lata always checks what is left and what needs to be bought in the house and what her family needs for their meals and house cleaning.

In doing this Ms Lata also has her family meals planned for the month.

“I never want to do unnecessary shopping or buying something that our family doesn’t need so I always stick to my shopping list,” she said.

“I always select ingredients and products that benefit the health of my family.”

“I always do my vegetable shopping every week and make sure I buy fresh ones,” she said.

“I always do my shopping at Shop N Save supermarket in Labasa because it is affordable and the staff members are really helpful especially when my daughter is with you.

“I always make sure that I make balanced food for my husband to take to work and my two children for school.”

Her recipe: Dhal

  •   1 cup dhal
  •   1 inch ginger (julienned) (30g)
  •   2 cloves garlic (minced)
  •   2 dried chilies (broken into pieces)
  •   1 sprig curry leaves (stem removed)
  •   ¼ tsp ground turmeric
  •   2 cups water (480ml)
  •   Salt to taste

For Tempering

  •    2 tbsp butter (28g)
  •   1 tsp mustard seeds
  •    1 tsp cumin seeds
  •   1 onion (sliced)
  •   4 jalapeno peppers (seeded and sliced)
  •    3 tomatoes (cubed)

Method

  • Rinse and drain dhal.
  •   Place dhal in a medium sized pot with ginger, garlic, dried chilies, curry leaves, ground turmeric, and 2 cups (480ml) water. Bring to a boil.
  •   Season with salt, reduce heat and let it simmer for about 20 minutes until dhal is soft.
  •   Remove from heat. Using an immersion blender, pulse several times to desired consistency.
  •   In a fry pan, heat butter. Add mustard seeds. When it crackles, add cumin seeds and onion. Fry until onion is slightly brown, about 3 minutes.
  •   Add jalapeno peppers and tomatoes. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  •   Transfer fried ingredients to the pot with cooked dhal. Place pot back onto stove and cook for 5 minutes. Turn off heat.

 

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