Chicken Lasagna

Chicken Lasagna

From   Firangi Tadka

Prep: 60 minutes

Cook: 50 minutes

Method: Moderate

Course: Pasta

Type: Italian

One of the most popular Italian pasta dishes which is now well liked in other parts of the world too

Ingredients

  • White sauce
  • Refined flour (maida) 2 tbsps
  • Butter 2 tbsps
  • Milk 2 cups
  • Processed cheese, grated ½ cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Tomato-chicken mixture
  • Tomato concasse 1 cup
  • Chicken mince, cooked for 15 minutes 250 gms
  • Oil 1 tbsp
  • Garlic cloves, finely chopped 3
  • Sugar 1 tsp
  • White pepper powder 1 tsp
  • Dried mixed herbs (optional 1 tsp
  • Bay leaves 2
  • Salt to taste
  • Chicken stock 1 cup
  • Fresh parsley, chopped 1 tbsp
  • Pasta
  • Refined flour (maida) 1 cup
  • Egg 1
  • Olive oil 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Toppings
  • Mozzarella cheese, grated ½ cup
  • Processed cheese, grated ½ cup

Methods

  • To make white sauce, melt butter in a non-stick pan. Add refined flour, mix and saute on low heat for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add 1 cup milk, whisk well. Add another cup of milk and whisk well so that there are no lumps.
  • Add processed cheese and salt and stir continuously, on low heat, till it becomes thick and coats the back of a spoon. Transfer into a bowl and set aside to cool.
  • Heat 1 tbsp of oil in another non-stick pan. Add garlic and saute till fragrant but not brown.
  • Add tomato concasse, chicken mince, sugar, pepper powder, mixed herbs, bay leaves and salt and mix well. Cook for 5 minutes. Add 1 cup stock, mix, cover and cook for 5 minutes on low heat. And parsley and mix.
  • To make pasta, take flour in a bowl and make a well in the middle. Break the egg into the well, add olive oil and salt. Mix with fork till the mixture becomes crumb like.
  • Knead the pasta dough with your palms, stretching it and folding it back for atleast 10 minutes, or till the dough is smooth. Cover with a wet cloth so that it does not dry and refrigerate it for 20 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 200º C.
  • Dust some dry flour on the worktop, keep the dough on it and roll into a long thin sheet. Cut into 4 equal parts and keep them on a floured plate.
  • Grease a baking dish with some butter. Pour 3 tbsps white sauce and spread on the base. Keep 1 sheet of lasagna, spread another layer of white sauce, a layer of chicken tomato mixture followed by layers of mozzarella cheese and processed cheese. Keep one more of lasagna sheet and repeat the layers of white sauce, chicken-tomato mixture and both the cheese. Repeat these layers till all the ingredients are used up.
  • Keep the dish in the preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Take the dish out of the oven, cut into wedges and serve hot.
American Apple Pie

American Apple Pie

Prep: 35 minutes

Cook: 40 minutes

Method: Moderate

Course: Pasta

Type: Italian

Key Ingredients:

  • Apples

An all-time favourite – apple pie gives a lot of comfort

Serving Suggestion : Serve with vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients

  • Green apples / cooking apples, peeled, sliced and cored 6
  • Refined flour (maida) 1½ cups + 2-3 tbsps
  • Frozen butter cubes 1 cup
  • Sugar 2 tsps
  • Cinnamon (dalchini) powder 1 tsp
  • Nutmeg (jaiphal) powder ¼ tsp
  • Lemon juice 1 tbsp
  • Soft butter ¼ tsp + as required
  • Salt to taste

Methods

  • To make pastry dough mix 1½ cups refined flour, salt and 1 tsp sugar in a bowl. Add frozen butter cubes and rub it in with your fingertips till the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add 5 tbsps water and knead gently to make smooth dough. Wrap in moist muslin cloth and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes.
  • Take apples, 2-3 tbsps refined flour, 1 tsp sugar, cinnamon powder and nutmeg powder in another bowl and mix gently so that the apple slices do not break. To prevent apple slices from turning black, pour lemon juice over them and mix gently.
  • Bring out the dough from refrigerator and divide into 2 equal parts. Knead both halves lightly.
  • Spread a plastic sheet on the worktop and place one portion of dough in the centre. Fold the plastic over and roll out the dough into a disc an inch bigger in diameter than the 9 inch pie mould or pie dish. Similarly roll out the second portion of the dough.
  • Preheat oven to 200 ºC.
  • Remove the plastic gently and place 1 disc in the pie dish. Flatten it on the base and along the edges of the mould so that excess dough sticks out. Trim the extra dough and put the pie dish in the refrigerator to set.
  • Once firm, pierce it all over with a fork. Spread 1 tsp butter and then spread apple mixture evenly on the base. Sprinkle 2 tbsps of the sweet apple mixture water on top and dot with some butter.
  • Place the second disc over the filling, covering it completely. Trim edges. Make a few slits in top so that the steam can escape. You may use the leftover dough trimmed from the edges to make a design on the top.
  • Brush the top crust with butter before baking. Place the pie dish in the preheated oven and bake for 40 minutes.
  • Cut into wedges and serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
American Corn on the Cob

American Corn on the Cob

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Pasta

Type: Italian

Key Ingredients:

  • Corn on the cob

Any time snack – flavourful and piquant corn on the cob can be enjoyed especially during monsoon

Ingredients

  • Corn on the cobs, boiled 2
  • Butter 2 tbsps
  • Cinnamon (dalchini) powder 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Orange zest (narangi ka chilka), grated 1 tsp
  • Lemon zest (nimbu ka chilka), grated ¼ tsp
  • Lime zest, grated ¼ tsp

Methods

  • Take butter, cinnamon powder, salt, orange zest, lemon zest and lime zest in a bowl and mix well.
  • Roast corn directly on flame, rotating it so that they are evenly roasted all around.
  • Brush the butter mixture evenly all over and serve.
American Mixed Fruit Floats

American Mixed Fruit Floats

Prep: 30 minutes

Cook: 5 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Pasta

Type: Italian

Key Ingredients:

  • Pineapple
  • Melon
  • Orange

A delightful dessert, it will be enjoyed by both children and adults

Ingredients

  • Coconut, grated 3 tbsps
  • Pineapple (annanas), cut into small cubes 1 cup
  • Melon (kharbooj), cut into small cubes 1 cup
  • Orange, peeled, seeded and cut into small pieces 1
  • Orange juice 1 cup
  • Vanilla ice cream as required

Methods

  • Heat a non-stick pan, add coconut and toast on high heat for 5-6 minutes or till well browned.
  • Set aside a few pieces of pineapple, melon and orange.
  • Put remaining pineapple, melon, orange and orange juice in a mixer and blend.
  • Half fill serving glasses with this mixture. Top with scoops of ice-cream, reserved fruit pieces and roasted coconut and serve immediately.
Apple Coleslaw

Prep: 25 minutes

Cook: 0 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Pasta

Type: Italian

Key Ingredients:

  • Apple

Crunchy and delicious this coleslaw makes a wonderful side dish or even sandwich filling

Health Tips:

Vegetarian mayonnaise

Ingredients

  • Medium red apples (seb), peeled, cored and cut into thin strips 2
  • Medium cabbage (pattagobhi), cut into thin strips 1
  • Carrot (gajar), cut into thin strips ½ cup
  • Medium onion, thinly sliced 1
  • Egg 1
  • Sugar 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper powder ½ tsp
  • Mustard paste (rai ka paste) 1 tsp
  • Lemon juice ½ tbsp
  • Oil 1 cup
  • Vinegar (sirka) 1 tsp

Methods

  • To make mayonnaise, put egg, sugar, ½ tsp salt, pepper powder, mustard paste, lemon juice and 2 tbsps of oil in a mixer jar and blend. Pour remaining oil gradually while running the mixer (If you want a thinner consistency of mayonnaise add less oil). Once done, add vinegar and mix. Transfer into a bowl.
  • Take apple strips, cabbage, carrot and onion in a salad bowl and mix well. Add mayonnaise and salt and mix well. Transfer into a serving bowl and serve.
  • This can be used as a filling for sandwiches as well.
Apple Yogurt Slush

Apple Yogurt Slush

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 0 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Pasta

Type: Italian

Key Ingredients:

  • Apple
  • Hung yogurt

Apples and hung yogurt blended together to make a delicious slush

Health Tips:

Low fat yogurt

Ingredients

  • Apples, peeled, cored and cut into cubes 2 cups
  • Hung yogurt (chakka) 1 cup
  • Lemon juice 1 tbsp
  • Nutmeg, grated 1 tsp
  • Sugar ½ cup
  • Cinnamon (dalchini) powder ½ tsp
  • Ice cubes 10

Methods

  • Pour lemon juice over apples to prevent them from turning black. Put apples, hung yogurt, nutmeg powder, sugar, cinnamon powder and ice cubes in a mixer jar and blend till smooth.
  • Pour into serving glasses and serve chilled.