I love baking & it gives me a thrill whenever my bakes turn out great. Putting together all the coloured vegetables in a bake is one of the best ways to enjoy the goodness of fresh vegetables…
· ½ cup Carrots
· ½ cup French Beans
· ½ cup fresh Peas (or frozen peas)
· ½ cup Cauliflower
For the White Sauce :
· 2 tbsps. Refined Flour (Maida)
· 2 cups Milk
· 1 tbsp. Butter
· A pinch of Nutmeg pwd. (Jaiphal)
· A pinch of Cardamom pwd. (Green Cardamom)
· 1/3 tsp. Sugar
· ½ tsp. dried Oregano
· ¼ tsp. Pepper pwd.
· 3 tbsps. grated Processed Cheddar Cheese
· Salt to taste
For the Garnishing:
· 4 tbsps. dry Bread Crumbs
· ½ Capsicum (sliced)
· ½ Onion (sliced & flaked)
· ¼ cup grated Processed Cheddar Cheese (or 2 slices cheese)
· A tsp. each of Butter/Olive Oil
Wash & peel the carrots & quarter them vertically in uniform pieces.
Blanch the vegetables in order of time taken for cooking with sugar i.e. carrots, french beans, cauliflower, peas.
Drain the vegetables & reserve ¼ cup of the liquid.
Refresh the blanched vegetables in cold water & drain.
Chop the carrots & french beans finely & the cauliflower in tiny florets. Keep aside.
Preparation of the White Sauce :
Melt butter in a pan on low heat.
Add the flour & mix with the butter.
Stir carefully till the rawness of the flour disappears but do not allow the flour to change colour.
Take the pan off the heat & keep stirring while gradually adding the milk to it.
Make sure it is smooth & not lumpy.
Again place the pan on the stove & cook on low heat till the sauce thickens.
Take it off the heat & stir after adding pepper, 3 tbsps. grated cheese, dried oregano, nutmeg & cardamom pwd., salt to taste & the reserved veg stock making sure that the sauce is not too thin
The sauce should be of pouring consistency. Keep aside.
Assembling the Bake :
Coat an oven proof glass dish with butter or a little olive oil.
Place all mixed vegetables evenly in the baking dish & pour the prepared sauce evenly on the vegetables. Sprinkle bread crumbs, ¼ cup cheese, sliced onions & capsicum.
Sprinkle some pepper pwd. & dot with butter or sprinkle olive oil.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200C till it bubbles & the top turns a light golden brown about 20 mins..
Serve with toasted garlic bread or enjoy it plain with ketchup.