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Where Do You Find Cheap & Authentic Ready to Eat Indian Meals in London?

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by Shubhit (subscribe)
In-house Copywriter at Camberwell Film Studios. Loves writing about advertising and technology. Has worked with Contagious Magazine, The Upcoming, Creative Orchestra, Triton Communications, All India Radio, etc. Follow me on Twitter @ShubhitSaxena
Published November 6th 2012
I still remember my first day in UK when I went out shopping at a small Tesco in Falmouth. Trying to put one and one together to figure out what to buy. It was hard actually, because even though I had lived away from home for a couple of years, I had rarely cooked at home. The thing with living in India is, you can find good Indian food delivered everyday at your doorstep - well doh!

So after living for over two years in UK and after trying out many of the 'so called' Indian restaurants, I have come to a conclusion - if you want to eat authentic and cheap, buy ready to eat!

I know anyone would like to have a good Indian dinner but the costs prevent them from enjoying it every other day. So I am putting together this guide to some of the tried and tested authentic ready to eat stuff I have found in London.

Dish - Brand - Where to find?

Palak Paneer - Haldiram's - Veena's
Mutter Paneer - Haldiram's - Veena's
Dal Makhani - Haldiram's - Veena's
Dal Makhani - Gits - Asda
Dum Aloo - Haldiram's - Veena's
Kadhi Pakora - Haldiram's - Veena's
Paneer Butter Masala - Kohinoor's - Asda
Rajma Rice Combo - Neesa - Asda
Kadhi Rice Combo - Neesa - Asda
Gajar Ka Halwa - Neesa - Asda

All the above dishes cost just 1.

Apart from this, you can find the following items:

Aloo ke paranthe - Haldiram's - Veena's
Paneer ke paranthe - Haldiram's - Veena's
Dhokla - Haldiram's - Veena's
Mutton Rogan Josh - Neesa - Asda
cooking sauce
Chicken Korma - Neesa - Asda
cooking sauce
2 min microwaveable rice - Tilda - Asda
Frozen Chappatis - Veena's

To cook the above stuff, all you would need is a microwave (or a pan) and a healthy appetite. Some of you might wonder why I have put just two store names in there, even when you can find Indian food in almost all the stores; the reason is simple - either they don't sell an authentic taste or they sell it at a ridiculously high price.

I hope you find this guide helpful. Comments are always welcome!
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