Cheap Eats: Maya Du Dhaba + sneaky leftover cheats

I love Indian food but it can be bloody expensive to eat out if you want good Indian, so I’m always on the look out for a good deal. One of my favourite curry houses, Maya Du Dhaba in Surry Hills, happens to just casually put a two for one meal deal on the back of the Woolies dockets – at least at the Woolies opposite the Beresford on Bourke St. I hoard these little suckers like they’re my life blood because nothing is better than a two for one meal deal, except maybe a flat out free meal.

If you don’t shop at the Woolies on Bourke St like I do, you can find the coupon here. The conditions are pretty straight forward: not for use on a Friday or Saturday and you gotta buy one entree and one main meal to get your free main meal. That’s the perfect dinner for two!

maya curry

Ok… we also threw in rice and naan bread, because they were only $2.50 each and that’s pretty effing bargain. Our total bill was $14 each – which just scraps into my $15 ‘stinge’ dining out budget!

Maya Du Dhaba do a pretty excellent butter chicken and the paneer based kofta balls we ordered came in the BEST sauce everrrrrrrrrrrr! I could’ve eaten it with a spoon, but I had a better idea….

There was a fair amount of gravy left in both curry bowls, so I politely asked the waiter to pack them up in a container (together was fine) and I carried them home and put them in the fridge.

That was last night.

Tonight, I did this:


Georgia’s Leftovers Curry


  • 3 small potatoes, diced
  • 1 head broccoli, chopped into florets
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 3-4 tablespoons left over curry sauce from Maya Du Dhaba (or wherever you’ve been for Indian)
  • 1/2 cup cooked rice


  1. Fill a pot with hot water and bring to boil, season with salt
  2. Throw in diced potatoes and boil until almost cooked through (10 mins)
  3. Add in broccoli and cook a further 5 or so minutes
  4. Put the frozen peas in the strainer and then pour the cooked veggies over the top – this will defrost the peas quickly
  5. Thow all the veggies back into the pot and stir in the left over curry sauce (if you don’t have as much sauce, just reduce the amount of veggies)
  6. Stir and add in a splash of water to loosen it all up, cook until warmed through
  7. Serve over rice

This made enough for lunch tomorrow PLUS dinner tomorrow night. Yes,the sauce isn’t as gravy like as it was at the restaurant, but it coated the veggies nicely and is totally adaptable to suit whatever you’ve got in the crisper.

Never let good curry gravy go to waste.

Maya Du Dhaba is at 431 Cleveland St in Surry Hills, NSW

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