Monday, December 1, 2014

Baked Vegetables in Creamy white sauce

The other day I was remembering the dishes , I  grew up having and  this dish came to my thought ,it felt nostalgic how My mom used to prepare this with so much love and we loved all the things she cooked, because it was so special and all her dishes  had lots of flavor to it.

Baked vegetables, is also a great way to make your kids eat vegetables and they like the addition of cheese and enjoy the taste.

Baked veggies in white creamy sauce


1/4 cup green peas and carrots

 chopped into tiny cubes
100 gm cauliflower cut into small pieces

1/4 cup american yellow corn
1/4 cup spring onions chopped fine
1 capsicum sliced into thin rings to garnish
1/4 cup pineapple pieces ( can use canned pineapples)
4 to 5 cloves of garlic, chopped finely or minced

1 tbsp Butter
1 small tomato sliced into rings for garnish 
1/2 cup of grated cheese

2 tsp tomato ketchup


Add  Butter to sauce pan

Add flour to the butter and stir well till light golden brown

Add milk , and black pepper to finish preparing white sauce 

Method for preparing the vegetables for white sauce .
1. Heat 1 tbsp butter in a medium size sauce pan,  add grated  garlic. Sauté for a minute , next , add in chopped spring onions , then start adding par boiled  cauliflower, carrots, peas ,corn, stir together for few minutes. Next add the pineapple and season with salt and pepper . Add 1 tbsp of tomato ketchup and keep aside.

Ingredients for White Sauce

1/2 cup All purpose white flour(Maida)
2 tbsp butter
1 cup milk
Salt to taste 
2 tsp Black pepper

1/2 cup Parmesan grated cheese 

Bake in the prepared white sauce, with the vegetables in an oven at 350 degrees F

Baked Vegetable 

Method  for preparing white sauce 
1.Heat butter. Add flour, keep stirring ,making sure the flour doesn't stick to bottom of the pan and gets cooked well.
2. As  flour begins to bubble, and turn's light golden , lower heat and start adding milk , continue stirring . Season with salt and black pepper.
If you enjoy spicy food, add 1 tsp hot sauce for the heat .
As the  sauce comes together and begins to thicken, close heat.
3.Next for baking, using a greased baking dish. Add the sauteed veggies to white sauce. Pour into the baking dish, garnish with capsicum, and tomato rings and grated cheese.
Bake in oven at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes.
Enjoy by itself or with brea

Chili peanut Chicken

Thanksgiving time is a lovely holiday, all friends get together, celebrate, eat , drink and just have a good time.
I took this starter a potluck party last week to my friends place. Not only adults, but kids too enjoyed the spicy, and sweet tart  flavor of pineapple, and I was glad it went like hot cake.
Do give it a try and make your friends and family happy too.

3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken cut into 1 inch cubes
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp each ginger,garlic paste
3 to 4 green chilies chopped
Salt to taste
2 tsp Lee Kim chilies garlic ready paste

2 tsp corn flour 
1.Clean chicken , and marinate with above ingredients for about an hour.
2.Before frying add 2 tsp corn flour to marinated chicken and mix well.
Heat oil in a kadai , and fry  chicken pieces , on low to medium heat, till they appear golden brown and are done . Drain and keep aside.

Sauce Ingredients

2 tsp Soy sauce
2 tsp vinegar
1 tsp red chili powder
3 to 4 dried red chilies
2 spring onions chopped fine, save some for garnish
1/4 cup peanuts 
1 small tin of pineapple pieces cut 

Spicy Peanut Chili Chicken

1.Using the same kadai, add 1 tsp red chili powder , 2 tbsp soy sauce , 2 tsp vinegar , spring onions , dried red chilies, pineapple bits and then as the sauce sizzles , add in the fried chicken and sauté for another 3 to 4 mins .

2.Garnish with peanuts and leftover chopped spring onions. serve hot.
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