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Around the World in 5 Easy Recipes: Cooking Up Cultural Exploration as a Student

2 October 2023

Being a student living away from home, the quest for economical yet delectable dishes that provide a glimpse into different cultures can indeed be a daunting task. However, I’ve managed to stumble upon five uncomplicated, wallet-friendly recipes from various corners of the world, tailor-made for the student kitchen. These recipes serve as a portal, granting you access to the wonderful realms of new cuisines and cultures, all without the complications and demands that often come with such culinary exploration. In essence, they offer a taste of the world right at your fingertips, allowing you to savour global flavours without breaking the bank or spending excessive time in the kitchen

Thai Green Curry

This quick Thai curry is packed with veggies, flavor and is highly nutritious. Simply sauté onions, carrots, and peppers in coconut oil, then add green curry paste and a can of coconut milk. Simmer until the veggies are tender. For protein, stir in cooked chicken or tofu. Serve over jasmine rice for an easy weeknight meal. As you cook, put on some Thai pop music to transport yourself to Southeast Asia.


Tortilla Española

For this iconic Spanish omelette, sauté potatoes and onions in olive oil. In a bowl, lightly beat eggs with salt and pepper then pour over the veggies. Cook covered until set then finish uncovered for a golden top. Cut in wedges for a shareable tapa style meal. Sip on some sangria while cooking to channel the spirited energy of Spain.

Pasta Aglio e Olio

This Italian pantry pasta comes together in one pan. Sauté minced garlic and red pepper flakes in olive oil, then mix in cooked pasta. Right before serving, stir in chopped parsley and Parmesan. Simple, affordable ingredients create a rustic and delicious dish. Play Italian music as you cook and have gelato for dessert.


For a quick Mexican meal, top flour tortillas with cheese, beans, veggies and salsa then cook in a pan until crispy. Mix up the fillings with whatever you have on hand. Serve with guacamole, sour cream and cilantro. Put on Latin pop or mariachi music to add a festive flair. Ole!

Chana Masala

This Indian chickpea curry is a protein-rich comfort food. Sauté onions and garlic then add spices like cumin, coriander and garam masala. Mix in chickpeas and diced tomatoes. Simmer until thickened. Eat over rice or with naan. As the exotic aromas fill your kitchen, queue up some lively Bollywood tunes.


Learning about the many culinary traditions of the world is one experience that makes being a student one of the most fun parts of the job. With these simple meals, which only require a minimal investment of time and money, you will be able to go on a gastronomic journey throughout the world without ever having to leave the convenience of your own kitchen with your friends and new flatmates. You can enjoy potlucks and games. These dishes will allow you to experience cuisine from a wide variety of countries and regions.