Friday, January 9, 2015

Baked Vegetable in Béchamel sauce

Baked Vegetable in Béchamel sauce


This creamy,cheesy,colourful delight is all time family favourite at my place.  Every time I prepare this, and treat ourselves with this sinful creamy dish, we go ga ga over it. :)

I usually prepare this dish when I have small bits of many vegetables in my fridge and none can be used to make single specific meal. So,all of them is transformed in this yummy delight. Also, whenever I make this dish, I ensure to make little extra, as next day as the sauce goes thicker you can make amazingly delicious sandwiches out of them. So, next day's breakfast is fixed too..:D 

Kids would love this vegetable too, though I know they are not too fond of veggies. But, cheese is an attraction for them. This way they get to eat lot of veggies with calcium rich cheese and milk in the sauce.

This can be made in both microwave mode, convection mode and OTG too. Today I am sharing the simplest process of preparing this on microwave mode.

Without wasting any further time, let's run through the ingredients and then the process.

Ingredients
- 2 cups of assorted veggies finely chopped ( I usually use potato, onion, peas, carrot, beans, sweet corn, beans, cauliflower, cottage cheese, broccoli and anything which is handy)  just make sure not to use tomatoes.
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp plain flour/ Maida
- 1 and 1/2 cups milk
- salt to taste
- 1/4 cup water
- some grated cheese for sauce and some for garnishing ( I used cheddar)
- 1 tsp. Italian  seasoning/ oregano
- 1/4 tsp parsley fresh or dry
- 1/4 tsp basil leave fresh or dry
- 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
- 1/4 tsp black pepper powder

Process
1. We'll begin with veggies. Finely chop all the veggies after washing them throughly. Once done, take a big microwave safe bowl with lid. Add veggies and sprinkle some salt. 
2. Add water to the veggies and give it a quick stir.
3. Now, close the lid of the bowl, and place it in microwave for 8 minutes on high power. This way we are cooking the veggies.
4. While the veggies are getting cooked, let's prepare the Béchamel or the White sauce.   
5. Take a pan, and heat butter. Once done, add ginger garlic paste and sauté for  30 seconds or so.
6. Now add plain flour/ Maida and roast till very light golden brown on low flame. Ensure to stir continuously to avoid the flour getting burnt. 
7. Once done, add milk and turn the flame to medium and from one hand continuously stir the milk with butter and flour. DO NOT under any circumstance leave stirring the mix, this will increase the chances of forming lumps, which we don't want. 
8. Once milk is mixed throughly with butter and flour with no lumps, add seasoning to the sauce. 
9. Add salt, black pepper powder, Italian seasoning, parsley and Basil. And mix them all well in the sauce. 
10. After a single boil, the milk while start thickening, which indicates sauce is getting done. 
11. After approx. 1 minute of boil add half of the grated cheese ( as much as you desire) , and mix well.
12. Once sauce has reached the right consistency. Turn off the flame.
13. By now, the veggies would have been done too. Take out the bowl from MW. Add the prepared béchamel sauce to it and mix gently but nicely. 
14. Again, close the lid and cook for 3 minutes on high power in MW.
15. Once done, top it with remaining grated cheese and now, without lid microwave on High power for last 2 minutes.
16. Your creamy,cheesy bowl of heaven is ready . Go dig in...:) :)  

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