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MOUSHMI KISHORE
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FOOD Fill your kitchen with the wonderful flavours and aromas of casserole cooking

Casserole cooking is similar to the dum pukht style of cooking. In both methods the cooking pot is covered with a lid and a dish is cooked in its own juices and with a thickened liquid as a binder and then baked in an oven. The result is not just a visually appealing dish but one that is tasty and healthy. So, if you are craving for something warm and comforting try these finger-licking casserole cooking recipes.

Thick Vegetable Broth Casserole

Ingredients

Butter: 1tbsp

Fresh sliced mushrooms: 1 packet

Onion chopped: 1

Vegetables of your choice, chopped and boiled: 1 cup

Salt: 1/2 tsp

White pepper: 1/8 tsp

Mixed vegetable soup: 1 packet

Potatoes, boiled and sliced: 2

Method

Make soup according to instruction on the packet and keep aside. Melt butter in a large skillet over low heat, add mushrooms and chopped onion. Sauté until slightly browned. Add chopped and boiled vegetables. Add salt and white pepper. Pour in soup and one cup water and cook till it thickens. Spread potato and soup in a casserole, sprinkle white pepper and bake for 10 min at 180 degree C. Serve hot.

Palak and Mixed Vegetable Casserole

Ingredients

Grated cheese: 250 gm

Carrots, peeled and sliced: 100 gm

Broccoli florets: 100 gm

Green beans, chopped: 100 gm

Shelled peas: 100 gm

Cauliflower florets: 100 gm

Spinach puree : 1 cup

Salt: to taste

Olive oil: 1/4 cup

For white sauce

Butter: 3 tsp

Flour: 3 tsp

Milk: 3 cups

Method

Heat butter and stir in maida. Sauté for sometime. Pour milk slowly and keep stirring so that no lumps form. Turn off the heat, mix salt and keep white sauce aside.

Boil all vegetables in salt water till just tender and drain. Put vegetables in the pan, mix spinach puree and cook for 10 minutes on a very low heat. Pour mixture in a casserole, sprinkle grated cheese. Preheat oven to 200 C. Drizzle olive oil and bake for 20 minutes. Serve hot.

Pasta Casserole

Ingredients

Pasta boiled: 1 packet

Minced meat: 500 gm

Onion large, finely chopped: 1

Garlic, chopped: 1 tsp

Cheddar cheese, grated: 250 gm

Cream: 1/2 cup

Eggs, lightly beaten: 4

Milk: 200 ml

Butter or oil: 4 tbsp

Black pepper, ground: 1/2 tsp

Salt: to taste

Method

Heat oil/butter in a saucepan and sauté onion and garlic till cooked. Add minced mutton and salt and cook till done. Put one layer of meat at the bottom. Mix cheese and cream to boiled pasta. Make a layer of this over the meat. Repeat the layers. Now pour the mixture of eggs and milk so that the casserole is covered. Preheat oven to 200 C. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove but let pasta sit in casserole for 10-15 minutes. Use large serving spoon to serve meat and pasta.

Chicken and Vegetable Rice Casserole

Ingredients

Chicken: 500 gm

Tomatoes, chopped: 250 gm

Cabbage, chopped: 250 gm

Onion, chopped: 1

Cloves, garlic crushed: 2

Coriander leaves: a bunch

Mint leaves: a bunch

Ghee: 100 gm

Garam masala: 1/2 tsp

Chicken masala: 1/2 tsp

Water: 4 cups

Boiled rice: 2 cups

Salt: to taste

Method

Heat ghee and fry chopped onions and garlic till they are light pink in colour. Add chicken pieces and salt and cook on slow fire till tender. Add water and let the chicken cook in stew. Add garam masala and chicken masala. Put meat in casserole. Add chopped cabbage and chopped tomatoes, mint leaves, coriander leaves. Spread cooked rice. Cover with silver foil. Bake for 15 minutes on 200 C.

Chicken noodles casserole

Ingredients

Chicken breasts, cubed: 4

Noodles any variety: 1 packet

Onion, chopped: 1

Broccoli florets: 100 gm

Mushrooms: 1 packet

Butter: 2 tbsp

Oil: 1 tbsp

White pepper: 1/2 tsp

Cream: 1/2 cup

Cheese, grated: 200 gm

Noodle masala powder: 2 tsp

Salt: to taste

Method

Boil chicken and allow to cool. Cut into pieces and set aside. Boil noodles, drain and set aside. Heat butter and oil in a saucepan and sauté onions, broccoli and mushrooms. Add chicken pieces and cook for 5 minutes until nicely blended. Add noodles. Add salt, white pepper and noodle masala powder. Place in a casserole, add cream and grated cheese and bake for 30 minutes at 350 C till light brown.

MOUSHMI KISHORE

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