Wednesday, December 1, 2010

All Famous Lasagna Recipe

Since winters are here and we need some good hot food to keep us warm in order to make these winters worth, and I think Lasagna is one of those food. Although there are a gazillion recipes out there on hot to make the perfect Lasagna, I incorporated a few with a pinch of my own skills and made this very tasty dish. So for those who want to have this as their main course for the party tonite, this is what you’ll need.
Beef minced                                      ½  kg
Chicken sausages                              6             
Oil                                                    4-5 tbsp
Lasagna sheets                                  1 packet
Ginger/Garlic paste                            1 ½ tbsp
Fresh tomatoes                                  3
Canned tomatoes                               1             
Onion                                                2 medium sized diced
Fresh green chillies                             3 medium sized
Chilli sauce                                        1 tbsp
Dark Soya Sauce                              1 tbsp
Salt                                                    to taste
Ground black pepper                         to taste
White pepper powder                       1 ½ tsp
Chedder and mozzarella cheese for topping

For white sauce:
Butter                                                   2 tbsp
Plain flour                                             2 ½ tbsp
Chicken powder                                   2 tsp
Cream                                                  4 tbsp
Milk                                                     as required
Mixed Italian herbs                               1 ½ tbsp
Salt and black pepper to taste

On a medium gas mark, heat oil in a pan and add the chopped onions, ginger/garlic paste, chopped sausages and minced beef. Stir well until the beef turns its colour. Now in a blender, add chopped tomatoes, canned tomatoes, green chillies, salt and all the remaining ingredients except for the cheese and blend well. Add this mixture into the beef and mix well. After mixing, cover the pan with a lid and let it simmer for 40 minutes approx on low heat until the mince is cooked. Once the mince is cooked, it should have a saucy texture (if not then add half cup water in it before turning off the heat).
In a separate saucepan, add butter and melt it. Once the butter is melted add plain flour and mix both of them well with a nice wooden spoon for about 3 minutes.  Now take the butter/flour mixture off the heat and add cream and whisk it nicely. Then slowly add milk while whisking gentle and put the saucepan back to the heat. You will need a thick creamy sauce and so work on it. If you think your sauce it too thick, add more milk and if you think your sauce is too thin, add flour accordingly. Once all the flour lumps are dissolved, take the mixture off the heat and add the remaining ingredients.
Cook the lasagna sheets as per instructions given on the back of the packet. In an oven proof dish, add a quarter inch layer of the minced beef mixture, top it up with the white creamy sauce and then add layers of lasagna sheets. Top the lasagna sheets with grated cheddar and mozzarella cheese. Again layer the cheese with beef mixture and repeat the layering once more.
Bake the dish on a medium to low heat for 15-20 minutes until you see the cheese melt and turn light golden. Serve hot with nice steamed veggies and ketchup.

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