Friday, April 17, 2015

Individual Serving Shahi Vegetable Casserole

Individual Serving Shahi Vegetable Casserole

In a recent food competition I was given a list of ingredient and challenge was to prepare a dish with those ingredients without using any other ingredients apart from basic ingredient like oil, onion garlic and seasoning ingredients.

I had an absolute peculiar list of ingredient which constituted:
-          Cashews
-          Fresh Mint Leaf
-          Cottage Cheese
-          Radish
-          Brinjal
-          Spring onion
-          And I was allowed to use some basic ingredients mentioned above.

After scratching my head and exploring hell lot of combinations, I decided to do a vegetable casserole with available content.  So I made these 4 layered Individual Serving Shahi Vegetable Casserole with layers of Tangy Radish Dip, Spicy Brinjal Fries, Spring Onion cooked in  Makhni Gravy ( creamy Cashew and Tomato Gravy) and top layered with toasted Cashew and Minty Masala Cottage Cheese/Paneer.

The Experiment was super successful, and the 4 bowls of Individual Serving that I made was gone in a glance. . J The best thing about this is you can serve it as Starter and main course too. Serve it with rice, parantha or naan, I am sure you will definitely please your guests..:)

Sharing how I made this super yummy and easy gorgeous looking vegetable casserole-

Ingredients Used
·         2 Radish Medium Sized
·         1 Medium Sized round Brinjal, Sliced as per the serving bowl
·         3-4 Spring Onion sticks Roughly chopped
·         100 Grams Cottage cheese
·         Approx. 25 Cashews
·         Mint Leaves 6-7
·         Oil 2 Tbsp
·         Salt to taste
·         Kashmiri red chilli powder 2 Tbsp
·         Tumeric powder 1//2 Tsp
·         Dry Mango/Amchoor powder ½ Tsp.
·         Onion 1 Medium size
·         Tomato 2 Medium Size
·         Garlic Paste 1 Tsp
·         Cumin Powder  ½ tsp
·         ¼ tsp mustard seeds
·         1 Tsp. garam Masala
·         1 Tbsp coriander powder
·         Few mint leaves to garnish
·         Few Diagonally cut  Spring onion for garnishing
·         1 tbsp of Chat Masala/Piri Piri seasoning

1.       For Radish Dip –
a.        In a pan , heat ½ tbps of oil
b.      Add mustard seeds and let splutter
c.       Add ½ roughly chopped onion and cook till light golden brown
d.      Once done, add roughly chopped radish and few tbsp of water.
e.      Cook covered, till radish is soft, this will take approx. 4-5 on medium flame.
f.        Once done, add salt to taste, ½ tbsp red chili powder.
g.       And grind till smooth paste in a grinder/blender
2.       For Makhni Gravy-
a.       In a pan heat ½ tbsp of oil
b.      Add roughly chopped remaining onion and tomatoes
c.       Add salt to taste along with 7-8 cashews
d.      Add few tbsp of water and cook covered, for 3-4 minutes on medium flame.
e.      Once done, in a grinder make smooth paste of the mix.
f.        In a pan heat few drops of oil and add this onion paste along with 1 tbsp of red chilli powder, ½ tsp of garam Masala, ½ tbsp of coriander powder and cook for another ¾ minutes on low flame.
g.       Add chopped spring onion and cook for another minute and turn off the flame.
3.       For Brinjal Fry
a.       Slice the brinjal not too thick nor too thin approx. ½ inch ( one bowl would need 2 slices, so you can slice accordingly)
b.      In a plate add Salt, Garam Masala, Coriander powder, red chili powder, cumin powder and Turmeric powder and mix well.
c.       In a pan heat 2 tbsp of oil and fry brinjal till tender and soft from both the sides
4.       For Minty cottage cheese and cashew crumble –
a.       In a grinder jar add the remaining Cashew and 2-3 tbsp of water and make a coarse paste
b.      To this ass crated cottage cheese and give a pulse or 2, just to make a homogeneous mixture.
c.       Add seasoning Masala and mix well

Assembling of Casserole
1.       Take a bowl, small glass
2.       Add a scoop/2 tbsp of radish dip followed by a slice of brinjal Fry
3.       Press it very gently to settle it
4.       Now add 2-3 tbsp of Makhni Gravy
5.       Add another slice of Brinjal Fry and again press very lightly
6.       At the end, add generous amount of Paneer crumble and microwave the bowl for 30 seconds.

Tada, your amazing bowl of yumminess is ready…

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