How to cook hāngī on a budget

Life is getting so expensive these days, and everyday costs are creeping up - whether it’s bills, gas or kai - it ain’t easy out here. 

Food price inflation in New Zealand accelerated to 7.4% year-on-year in July and it’s getting harder and harder for people to stock their cupboards. We can’t be going out every night to our favourite food spots but we can make amazing kai at home.  

Here’s a relatively cheap recipe from Aunty Trish to help feed your flat or whānau. 

Hāngī is probably the most well known Māori dish or method of cooking. When you think of hāngī, yes your mind goes straight to an early-morning rise, digging, heating up kohatu and wood all before you even think about getting the kai cooked. 

But, these are modern times and if you have an oven - then you can have a hāngī.

It takes very little prep and the oven does all the work. Plus, it’s easy on the budget and goes a long way.

We looked for the cheapest ingredients we could find and all together the cost for a decent oven hāngī came to $38.50. It’s totally up to you how much of each ingredient you want to use. You can add or take away whatever you like and switch things up to your liking.

Give oven hāngī a go and you won’t look back.

This is part of our reo Māori series, Ohinga, created by Mahi Tahi Media, with funding from Te Māngai Pāho and the NZ on Air Public Interest Journalism Fund.

Stay tuned for a new episode every week.

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