Saturday 1 November 2014

Cheesy Vegetable Deluxe

We need a side dish to eat along with the main course, be it regional cuisine or otherwise. Spaghetti or any other pasta can be served with boiled vegetable or cutlets. However, adding a vegetable dish makes the meal wholesome. Cheesy vegetable deluxe has a creamy taste and it makes a good contrast to any pasta cooked in red sauce. Let’s see how to make this yummy, yet simple dish.

Ingredients: (Serves three)
Onion – 1 no, chopped finely
Garlic – 1-2 pods, chopped finely
Mace powder – a pinch
Red chilli flakes – ½ -1 teaspoon (adjust to taste)
Green peas – shelled, ½ teacup or 100ml measure
Mixed vegetables – cut into medium sized cubes, 2 teacups or 400ml measure
Salt – to taste
Olive oil – 1 tablespoon
Cooking cheese – grated, 2 tablespoons

For the white sauce:
Butter – 2 tablespoons
Maida (All purpose flour) – 3 tablespoons
Milk – 2 teacups or 400ml measure
Salt – to taste
Pepper – ¼-½ teaspoon (adjust to taste)
Cooking cheese – grated, 1 tablespoon

Cheesy Vegetable Deluxe
Method - How to make white sauce: Boil milk and allow it to cool. Heat butter in a wok, add plain flour and mix it well in melted butter. Sauté the flour till it turns light brown in colour. Switch off the stove and allow it to cool. Add milk to the flour and mix very well without lumps, preferably using a hand blender. Now add salt and pepper. Mix well. Cook on low flame stirring continuously till the sauce thickens. Add the grated cheese and mix well. Switch off the stove. Your white sauce is ready.

How to make vegetable dish: wash, scrape and cut carrot into cubes. Cut French beans into 1” long pieces. Wash, peel potato and cut into cubes. Separate the cauliflower florets. Boil green peas in sufficient water in a vessel till they are cooked, drain and keep aside. 

Heat olive oil in another wok; add the chopped onions and garlic and sauté till the onions become transparent. Add the vegetables and required salt. Cover and cook on low flame till the vegetables are done. Add boiled green peas, white sauce, mace powder and chilli flakes. Mix well. Simmer for 2 minutes. Switch off the stove. Transfer the contents to a microwave safe bowl. Now, sprinkle grated cheese on top. Cook in the oven for 1 minute in micro-high. Remove from the microwave oven and allow it to stand for 2-3 minutes. Serve hot with spaghetti in red sauce. 

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