Vegetable Au Gratin Or Baked Vegetable


Spring has past

Summer has gone

Winter is here

And the song that I meant to sing

Is still unsung

I have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument .
Rabindranath Tagore 

 

Its true that winter is breathtakingly beautiful. The warmth of cozy blanket, a cup of hot coffee or delicious hot chocolate and an interesting book couldn’t be enjoyable more than this season.

And you can easily get lots of fresh vegetables with plenty of nutrients and flavour in winter.

Vegetable Au Gratin or baked vegetable is a French dish. Traditionally  vegetables mixed with white sauce, topped with breadcrumbs and generous amount of cheese, baked till the cheese melts and served with crisp breads.

You can use all the winter vegetables like cauliflower, peas, carrots, French beans, bell peppers, baby corn, capsicum or any vegetables of your choice.

And these winter vegetables supplies great nutrients to our body that are essential in many ways.

This post is going to be a part of #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is winter vegetables.

Traditionally boiled vegetables are used in it but I have sauteed the vegetables in oil. And believe me its taste better.

You will love the cheesy taste and aroma. You can increase or decrease the amount of cheese. If you don’t want to use cheese just omit it and sprinkle little oil or butter over the breadcrumbs on the top.

 

Recipe 


For white sauce
Butter – 2 tablespoon

All purpose flour/maida – 2 tablespoon

Milk – 1 & 1/2 cup

Salt to taste

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon

Tomato sauce – 1 tablespoon

Cheese – 1/4 cup

Vegetable 

Cauliflower – 1 medium

carrot – 1 large

Green peas – 1 cup

French beans – 10 – 12

Scallion – 2 finely chopped

Green chilli – 1 finely chopped, optional

Potato – 1 peeled

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Garlic – 3 cloves grated or crushed

Oil or butter – 1 tablespoon

 
For topping 


Breadcrumbs – 1/2 cup
Grated cheese – 1/2 cup

 

For garnishing 


Tomato – 1 small sliced
Capsicum – 1/2 sliced

 

 

Method 



Heat 2 tablespoon butter in a heavy bottom pan on low flame. When butter melts add the all purpose flour/maida. Stir continuously on low flame. Colour shouldn’t be changed. Saute for 1 minute.

Remove from flame and add milk. Mix well and return to fire again. Cook till the sauce becomes thick. Stir continuously to avoid lumps. Add salt, cheese, black pepper and tomato sauce. Mix well and remove from heat. Keep the sauce aside.

Wash and chop all the vegetables in small pieces.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil or butter in a pan. Add garlic and fry till it becomes light brown. Now add the chopped scallion. Saute for few seconds and then add all the vegetables, salt and black pepper powder. Mix well and cover the pan. Cook on low flame till the vegetables become tender. Keep stirring and cook on high flame till the vegetables dried up completely.

Let it cool and mix with white sauce. Taste and adjust the salt if require.

Pour the mixture in a borosil or any oven proof dish. Spread breadcrumbs over it. Sprinkle grated cheese. Garnish with slices of capsicum and tomato.

Bake in a preheated oven at 250° for 30 – 40 minutes. Or until the cheese melts and becomes light brown.

Every oven takes different time so check the colour after 25 – 30 minutes. Mine is little undone I have baked it again for 10 minutes before serving.

Serve hot as a side dish. Enjoy the cheesy taste.

Semolina And Lentils Appe


Semolina and lentil appe.

Appe or kuzhi paniyaram is a popular breakfast dish from South India, made of steaming batter.

Traditionally made from pulses ando rice using a mould. It can be made sweet and spicy both.

You can make it with very few ingredients and enjoy as a healthy snack.

I have already posted some appe recipe. And I love these cuties. One more instant appe recipe with lentil, a powerhouse of nutrition.

Our this week’s #Foodiemonday #bloghop theme is South Indian breakfast.  My contribution is this healthy, yummy and easy south Indian breakfast appe.

You don’t need to ferment the batter overnight. A very quick and easy way to make a healthy and delicious breakfast.

I have made it without onion garlic but you can use onion garlic too if you like.

Recipe 


Semolina/suji – 1 cup

Curd – 1 cup

Moong dal or split green gram – 1/4 cup

Masoor dal or split red lentil – 1/4 cup

Rice flour – 1/2 cup

Cilantro – handful chopped

Green chilli – 1 – 2 or as per your spice tolerance, finely chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece grated

salt to taste

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoons

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Chat masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

oil – little for frying the appe + 2 teaspoons

Rai or mustard seed – 1/2 teaspoons

Curry leaves – few chopped

Method 
Soak the lentils for 2 hours or overnight and grind into a smooth paste.

Mix semolina and curd in a large bowl.

Add ground lentils with semolina/suji batter. Add rice flour,  salt, cumin powder, chopped cilantro, green chilli, grated ginger, chat masala and lemon juice. Mix well.

Make a semi thick batter. Add little water if require. Mix well. Keep aside for 1/2 an hour.

Heat the oil in a small pan, add mustard seeds, let it splutter. Add chopped curry leaves saute for 1 minute. I have dried curry leaves so I have crushed them with hand. Add the tempering to the batter and mix well. If you want to use onion garlic add 1 finely chopped onion and 1 teaspoon garlic paste in the batter.

Add soda and give a good stir.

Heat the appe pan and  grease it with little oil. Pour a spoonful of batter into each mould. Cover the pan with lid and cook on low flame till it becomes golden brown.

Now turn the appe upside down. Cook uncovered till becomes light brown.

Its ready. Serve hot with any sauce, coconut or peanut chutney. For peanut chutney recipe click the link below.

https://batterupwithsujata.wordpress.com/2015/10/03/peanut-chutney-or-dip/

Potato Stuffed Egg Enchilada 


Potato stuffed egg enchilada

A delicious Mexican dish enchilada is a corn tortilla stuffed with variety of ingredients like cheese, potatoes, vegetables , meat, beans etc and covered with a chili pepper sauce. The word comes from enchilar which means add chilli peppers to something. A spicy and super yummy breakfast dish.

Our #Foodiemonday #bloghop theme is #Enchilada. So here is an easiest enchilada recipe with a twist.

Most enchilada recipes call for corn tortillas. But I have used eggs to make the wraps. And very happy with the result. Its thin omelet stuffed with spicy potato and egg mixture. Covered with a delicious sauce.

Recipe 
For stuffing 


Potato – 2 large

Garlic – 3 – 4 cloves

Green chilli – 2

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Capsicum – 1

Cilantro – 2 tablespoon chopped

Scallion or spring onion – 2 finely chopped

Tomato – 2 small

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Oregano – 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Tomato sauce – 1 teaspoon

Egg – 1 boiled

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

For the wrap 


Eggs – 5

salt to taste

Black pepper powder to taste

For sauce 


Tomato – 4 – 5 medium

Garlic paste – 1 teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon

All purpose flour – 2 tablespoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon
oregano – 1 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon

Vinegar – 1 – 2 teaspoon

Water – 2 cup

Cilantro – 2 tablespoon

Tomato sauce – 1 tablespoon

Method 


For stuffing 


Crush or finely chop the garlic and green chilli.
Roast the capsicum on high flame with the help of a knife or fork until it’s skin becomes lightly black. Wash and remove the black skin. Now chop the capsicum, tomatoes and boiled egg.

Peel and cubed the potatoes. Boil or microwave with little water for 6 – 7 minutes. Drain the water and keep aside.

Heat oil in a nonstick pan. Add garlic and green chilli. Fry till the raw smell goes away or garlic becomes light brown.

Add chopped scallion and cubed, boiled potatoes. Mix well and add the chopped capsicum, tomato and egg. Stir and add salt, red chilli powder, oregano, cumin powder and black pepper powder.
Saute till the mixture dried up completely. Add chopped cilantro, tomato sauce and 2 tablespoon enchilada sauce mix well and switch off the flame. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Keep the mixture aside.

Beat the eggs with salt and black pepper powder. Make 4 omelets with it. Fill the potato stuffing. Spread the mixture middle of a omelet, sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese or processed cheese and little oregano over it, then wrap the left side over and then the right. Make wraps like this with all the omelets.

For sauce 


Grind the tomatoes and keep aside.
Heat oil on medium heat. Add flour, cumin powder, oregano, red chilli powder, salt and black pepper powder. Stir continuously. Saute for a minute or till fragrant.

Add the tomato paste and garlic paste. Saute till the mixture dried up. Now add tomato sauce and water and stir continuously to remove the lumps. Let it boil on low flame for 7 – 8 minutes or until the mixture thickened. Add the chopped cilantro and 1 teaspoon vinegar. Mix well and switch off the flame. Taste and adjust the seasoning. I have added 1 teaspoon vinegar and black pepper powder more. Adjust as require.

preheat the oven at 200°. Spread some enchilada sauce on a baking pan. Place the stuffed omelets over it. Place the omelette seam side down. Pour sauce over them. Sprinkle mozerella cheese and chopped scallion over it. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until the sauce starts bubbling and cheese becomes light brown.

Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot.

Note

If you have corn tortillas you can use them instead of omelets if you like.

Stuffing and sauce can be made a day before and refrigerate for convenience.

Tomato Cilantro Egg Drop Soup 


  • Tomato cilantro egg drop soup.

A power packed soup for glowing skin and the overall health of our bodies.

Winter is knocking at the door. So our this week’s #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #Soup. My contribution is this delicious soup to stay warm and nourished in this cold season.

Some soups are not so healthy and unsuitable for diabetics because of lots of cream and other fat laden ingredients added. So here is a lip-smacking soup recipe for everyone.

Flavoured with garlic, lemon, ginger and cilantro.

Tomatoes have vitamins, minerals, protein and dietary fibers to maintain healthy skin and other body organs. Its helps to lower cholesterol, prevent heart disease, prevent cancer, fight inflammation and improve eye health. Apart from these it gives you radiant skin.

And lemon is a rich source of vitamin c. It protects the body against immune system deficiencies and serves as a powerful antibacterial.

Recipe is very simple and easy. You don’t need any fancy ingredients. You can use whatever you have in your pantry. I have used only tomatoes and cilantro but you can add grated carrots or any vegetables of your choice. Make a healthy bowlful to warm you up in this cold season.

Recipe 


Tomatoes – 4 large chopped

Cilantro or coriander leaves  – 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon chopped

Onion – 2 chopped

Garlic – 4 – 5 cloves chopped

Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon

Shredded tender coconut – 2 tablespoon

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon optional

Bay leaf – 1

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon

Egg – 2

Water or stock or coconut milk – 2 cup

Oil or butter – 2 tablespoon

Method 


Heat oil or butter in a pan. Add the bay leaf, chopped onion and garlic. Saute till the onion becomes translucent. Don’t make it brown.

Now add the chopped tomatoes, cilantro, coconut and grated ginger. Saute till the tomatoes becomes mushy.

Add salt, black pepper powder and red chilli powder. You can omit red chilli powder if you don’t like it hot. I have used it to add some colour in the soup.

Add 2 cup vegetable stock or coconut milk or water or chicken or mutton stock. Use whatever you have. I have used half water half coconut milk.

Let it boil. Cook on simmer for 10 minutes. Add lemon juice and mix. Let it cool down.

Discard the bay leaf and blend the mixture until smooth. Beat 2 eggs in a bowl and keep aside.

Pour it again in the pan. Add more water or stock. I have added 1 and 1/2 cup more. Add as you like your soup, thick or thin. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

When it starts to boil add the beaten eggs slowly. Stir gently. Eggs will cook immediately. If you don’t like eggs you can skip this step.

Cook until you get your desired consistency. Garnish with coriander leaves, grated coconut, tomato slice and scallion or spring onion.

Serve piping hot. Add some more lemon juice and back pepper powder if require.

Or if you are serving to your kids add spoonful of butter and grated cheese.

Stay healthy stay happy.

Enjoyyyy