Last year my son headed into self-catered accommodation for his second year at university. Unlike his elder brother he’s not really taken to cooking, so we looked together on the web for “student chicken curry” videos. Well the very first one we came to started by frying fennel seeds. Way beyond what we were looking for IMO, and all the others were in a similar vein. Plan B was to try to make our own with cheap widely available ingredients, reducing the ingredient list as much as possible. I have to say that using just 5 ingredients, plus some salt and water, we produced a pretty good result. Much nicer and hugely cheaper than anything from a supermarket chiller cabinet.
Any other experiences of halving the number of ingredients to achieve a, say, 90% quality result?