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October 26, 2012


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veg lasagne

Last month I was asking my sister & friends in abroad to suggest me some international recipes. They told me about this famous lasagne and I had no clue about it. To be frank , I did not even know how to pronounce & spell ( it is la-zaa-ne-aa). I asked my hubby regarding the same & he said he had tasted this in US & UK.. I searched for some good recipes.  Most of them were with beef and egg. I wanted a pure veg recipe. 

There are 2 choices for veggies. One with spinach & the other one is with veggies like carrot , aubergine & mushrooms. I finally decided to go with my Microwave oven manual recipe. By referring some videos on youtube , I got the idea of how to arrange it. I bought the lasagne sheets in Nilgiris , Brigade road.. 

Somehow I successfully prepared it yesterday. We loved it. My husband told “This tastes better than the ones served in restaurants”. I felt it had a slight bland taste. But he said it would be more bland with lots of cheese but mine was spicy, flavourful & better. Please make sure u eat it hot , atleast warm.

One sad thing is , I had no casserole or lasagne pan .I made with my baking pan .I was not able to make many layers as my pan was broader and lesser in height. Also I prepared less quantity of sauce & vegetable mixture. So I made a single layered lasagna. But I have given the quantity of ingredients to make 3 layers. Soon i’ll update the picture with many layers. Do leave your  suggestions if any changes can be made in this recipe.

About the sauce , I got béchamel sauce recipe from the manual and the pasta sauce from here .. Both are very simple and easy to make. No fancy ingredients..All are easily available in stores..I’ve tried to capture step by step recipe. If you have ready made store bought sauce , this dish can be made in jiffy. Ideal for potluck & parties. 

As I prepared the sauce @home , I felt it time consuming. But the sauces can be prepared well in advance and refrigerated. When I was preparing the sauces , my hubby sniffed , came to kitchen & asked me whether I am making any Italian recipe. It smells awesome. Try this recipe and let me know how it turned out !!
  • Big ripe tomatoes – 6 nos ( blanched & pureed )
  • Big onion – 2 nos ( very finely chopped )
  • Garlic – 6 cloves (minced)
  • Olive oil – 4 - 5 tbsp
  • Black pepper powder – 1 tbsp
  • Parsley ,oregano , thyme and basil mix –1 tbsp ( i used garlic bread seasoning ) OR Oregano – 1/2 tbsp & Basil – 1/2 tbsp
  • Bay leaf – 1 no
  • Sugar – 1 tsp
  • Salt  & water – as needed
  • Cheese – 2 tbsp (optional)
In a bowl , boil the tomatoes till it cracks. After it cools down, remove the skin and grind them coarsely to make a puree.
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In a kadai , add oilve oil and saute the finely chopped onions & garlic cloves. Saute till turns translucent.Now add the tomato puree , salt , bay leaf & 1/4 cup of water..Allow it to boil for few minutes.
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Then add the seasoning ( crush it lightly with ur hands), black pepper powder & some more water.Allow it to cook uncovered for 10 - 15 mins in low flame. Finally when it turns thick ( sauce consistency) and leaves oil, Switch off the stove..
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U’ll get a nice aroma..Remove the bay leaf & store in a bottle after it cools down .Refrigerate it till use. Its shelf life is around 5 days..The sauce gets a nice color if u use ripe , coloured tomatoes..No need to add canned tomato puree. I dint use.
This sauce can be used for making simple pasta & spaghetti recipes ..Ur kids would love this..
  • Milk –  1.5 cups
  • Bay leaf – 1 no
  • Pepper corns – 6 nos
  • Big onion – 1 no ( cut into slices)
  • Maida / All purpose flour – 2 tbsp
  • White pepper powder – 1 .5 tsp ( i used black pepper powder)
  • Nutmeg powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Butter – 3 tbsp
  • Salt –1/2 tsp
  • Sugar – 1/2 tsp
  • Water – as needed
  • In a  milk pan , boil the milk along with bayleaf , onion and pepper corns.Boil it for 5 mins. Strain the milk and allow it to cool.
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  • After the milk cools down , add maida to it and mix well without lumps. Now melt the butter in a pan and add the milk mixture to the pan  with sugar & salt. ( as per the actual recipe , maida has to be roasted well in butter before adding milk , but u may get lumps while roasting. So i added the maida with milk without roasting.) . I kept the milk in a bowl . I added the melted butter to the bowl.I got this step from here..
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  • Now allow the milk to boil till the raw smell of maida emanates. Keep in low flame. Add more milk if necessary.Finally add the pepper powder & nutmeg powder.Boil for few mins.It will thicken and reaches sauce consistency. Remove & store.Make the sauce slightly thin (ie tomato ketchup consistency)
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  • ** Lasagna sheet – 9 nos ( Follow as per the instruction given in the box. Put the sheets in salted hot water for 10 mins , make it soft & then arrange them)
  • Brinjal ( long green variety) – 4 nos
  • Mushroom – 7 nos
  • Carrot – 2 nos (finely chopped)
  • Bell pepper – 1/2 no ((finely chopped )
  • Big onion – 2 nos
  • Garlic cloves – 6 nos (minced)
  • Salt & pepper powder – 1/2 tsp each
  • Lasagna pan (13x9x2) – 1 no
  • Thermal foil – 1 sheet
  • Ricotta cheese – 1 can
  • Grated Mozarella Cheese – 1 cup  ( I used pizza cheese alone )
  • Chop the brinjal into round slices & immerse in water till use.
  • Clean & cut the mushroom into small pieces.
  • Finely chop the carrot & capsicum . Boil in water till it is cooked.
  • Heat water in a big vessel , add salt & a drop of oil , allow it to boil. Add the lasagna sheet and keep it for 10 mins in fire-off. This makes the sheet soft. Remove the sheet & proceed..
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  • Finely chop the onions & garlic cloves.In a kadai , heat the olive oil and add the onions & garlic cloves .Saute till turns transparent.Add the cooked carrot &capsicum. saute for few seconds. Then add 3/4th of the pasta sauce.Mix well. Add salt & pepper powder.Mix well and switch off the flame. Set aside.

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  • Heat olive oil in a separate pan and saute the brinjal & mushroom pieces till it shrinks in size. Add the required salt & set aside.
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  • Now take the lasagna pan or casserole..Brush with oil or butter.I kept a thermal foil at the bottom as my pan is in a bad condition but that is not necessary..
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  • Boil the lasagne sheet in a bowl of water for a minute.Take it out and then place the lasagne sheet in the pan.. Fill the gaps by keeping small pieces of sheet..Spread the white sauce over the sheet ..
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  • Now spread the carrot mixture with pasta sauce which we kept ready. Spread a layer of sauteed brinjal, mushroom mixture.. Again spread a layer of white sauce and cover with ricotta cheese.
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  • Place another sheet above this and repeat the same procedure starting & ending with white sauce. Make 2-3 layers as per the quantity of vegetables available..Finally cover the mixture with a lasagne sheet & spread 1 cup of mozzarella cheese over it. Cover it fully without any gap.
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  • Now close the pan with a thermal foil and bake in a preheated oven at 180c in convection mode for 30-40 minutes. Mine took 35 minutes. Please keep an eye after 25 mins.If the color of the sheet turns golden brown on top & cheese melts, stop baking and give a standing time of 10 minutes.
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  • Remove and enjoy eating hot !!
Note :I baked for 30 minutes with thermal foil and it dint get brown. So i uncovered it and baked for another 5 minutes.The point is the outer layer has to be slightly browned. So keep an eye !!

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divyagcp said...

Perfectly made Lasagna.. Very inviting!!

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chef and her kitchen said...

I love this..nice attempt chitra

Unknown said...

Delicious looking lasagna...I love it so much...

Srividhya Ravikumar said...

absolutely awesome chithra...

Indian Khana said...

Looks so yum ...great work Chitra

AparnaRajeshkumar said...

its great try and wonderfully presented :) good effort! step by step pictures :) wow kudos :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Chitra

Just a question
Don't we need to make the pasta al-dente by boiling in hot water first and they use them for the casserole?


Chitra said...

Thanks all.. Hi sudarsana , yes we can do that.I too did that step But i read its completely optional.So i dint mention. Thanks for reminding me. I'll update :)

Vimitha Durai said...

Nice yummy pasta recipe... loved the homemade sauces...

Divya A said...

Wow that sounds terrifically yum dear :) Lovely clicks too :)
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Prathima Rao said...

Super delicious..One of my top fav!!!
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Aditi said...

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Sangeetha Priya said...

Nice presentation, simply loved it!!!

Unknown said...

wow all made from scratch...would like to take a bite....

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Unknown said...

WWWooooowww looking at the steps itself makes me have done a great job and lasagna looks perfect...good job!!

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radha said...

Yes some lasagna packs tell you that they need no preparation but I think that improves the taste. I made this too last week, with spinach and cheese and mushrooms, it was so tasty, but the picture was not pretty since my filling needed a thicker consistency. I plan to make it again before I post it.

Poornima Nair said...

Love veg lasagna, I could have this all the time!

Priya Suresh said...

Lasagna is one of my favourite food, but never tried at home dunno why..Eventhough i get these lasagna sheets very much easily here.

Vanamala Hebbar said...

wow awesome ... so much of patience you have.. lovely dish

Saraswathi Ganeshan said...

Woow, what a great post..Love the detailed pictorial..made this last week, even my toddler enjoyed it..

Unknown said...

What an informative post.. many recipes in one... Delicious!
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Caroline said...

wow yummy and delicious,luks tempting...

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Chitra said...

Sure , u can do :) I'll mail u the details..thanks

Anonymous said...

wow superb job chitra... beautifully presented... and thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe.. i just love the home made stuff

Unknown said...

How to make this recipe in microwave mode as my microwave is not having convection more?

Unknown said...

How to make this recipe in microwave mode as my microwave is not having convection more?