Niki Bezzant

Lunch or dinner recipe: potato and pea curry

This is a fairly satisfying meal, either for lunch or dinner, that works out to 98 cents a serve. It's low in kJ and protein - so not ideal; but acceptable for Live Below the Line I think. I've made a batch of this to eat throughout the week. And I'll make it for my 'lunch below the line' for colleagues tomorrow. 

Potato and pea curry
Total recipe cost: $3.94 ($0.98 per person)
Serves 4

1 cup brown rice
400g potatoes, cut in 2cm chunks
2 teaspoons oil
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 spring onion, sliced
5cm piece ginger, finely chopped
2 tablespoons curry powder
1-2 teaspoons chilli flakes
1 can diced tomatoes
150g frozen peas
coriander to garnish
4 tablespoons yoghurt to serve

1 Cook brown rice according to packet instructions until tender.
2 Place potatoes in a pot and cover with water. Bring to the boil and cook for 5 minutes, until just tender. Drain.
3 Heat half the oil in a hot pan. Fry potatoes for 5 minutes, until just coloured, then add turmeric and toss, coating potatoes. Cook for 1 minute. Remove potatoes from pan and set aside.
4 Add remaining oil to pan and lower heat to medium. Add garlic, spring onion, ginger and curry powder and stir, cooking for 1 minute. Add tomatoes and half a cup of water and bring to a simmer. Add potatoes and simmer, allowing liquid to reduce, for 5-8 minutes.
5 Serve curry with rice, garnished with coriander and yoghurt.


Here’s my food for the week on the Challenge. Along with a few spices and condiments, this costs out at $2.85 per day. Less fresh veges than I’m used to, for sure! I’ll be blogging my recipes and challenges for the week and posting here and on Instagram (@nikibezzant). If you’d like to make a donation to support tear fund, it would be gratefully received. 

I'm doing LBL because I believe in the Power of Together.

I've signed up to Live Below the Line because together, we can make a real difference against global poverty. I'm inspired by the work of Tearfund and wanted to support them by raising money as part of my five-day challenge.

From March 12-16 I’m taking up the @LBLNZ challenge, eating on $2.85 for five days. 

I’m choosing to Live Below the Line because food insecurity is a huge issue globally. It is appalling that we live in a world with the contrasting problems of obesity and malnutrition co-existing; if I can draw attention to that in a small way, it feels like a good thing.We shouldn't live in a world where we waste a third of all food produced, yet one in nine people goes to bed hungry. 

Please help me help them by giving whatever you can using the 'Donate' button. The more people that know about LBL, the greater the impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family.

Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot! Together, we're helping enable vulnerable families around the world to help themselves out of poverty.

I'll be blogging and posting my progress during the week, so follow me on social media @nikibezzant. 

Thank you to my Sponsors


Vaughn Davis


Tamara Rubanowski

Very impressed with your idea, hope it goes well! You are an inspiration. : )


Eloise Packham

Thanks so for coming into the studio and doing the bake - off challenge with Bjorn and Josh! Hope the last day goes well :D


Rose Carr

Thaks for the delicious lunch.




Kath Bezzant

Good work Niki! XO


Trish Allen

Well done Niki


Rachel Dudding




Nashi Mark

This is guilt money ! hope you can reach your target and beat it.


Jenny De Montalk


Claire Connell

Good luck Niki!


Tracy H


Kristin Grant

Great cause Niki.


Sara Mead - Eat Right Be Bright Nz

This is fabulous! Amazing work.


Dave Smith


Ian Baker

Can't wait to try your yummy creations - great fundraising


Kayla Brunton


Tasha Pienaar

Love this concept!


Hayley Pearce

Good luck with the challenge!


Meredith Baldwin