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TriColour Celebrations

Republic Day Celebrations

Let’s celebrate this day in our own way. Apart from singing the National Anthem and watching the Parade, we can gorge ourselves with a few TriColour Delights.

TRICOLOUR LASAGNA

Preparation Time : 60 minutes
Serves : 4-6
Ingredients :

  • Lasagne Sheets – 200 gms
  • Parmesan Cheese – 300 gms
  • Fresh Button Mushrooms – 100 gms
  • Water – around 3 cups
  • For Garnishing :
  • Mushroom – Few, thin slices
  • Tomato – few strips
  • Capsicum – few strips
  • Corn seeds – few
  • Tomato – 3, designed in flowers
  • For Green Layer : (For Bottom Green Layer)
  • American Corn, boiled – 50 gms
  • Spinach Purée – 100 gms
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Ginger, chili, garlic paste – 2 tsp
  • For Béchamel Sauce : (For Middle White Layer)
  • Butter – 1 tbsp
  • Refined Flour – 1 tbsp
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Salt & Pepper – to taste
  • Nutmeg powder – a pinch
  • For Tomato Salsa : (For Top Saffron Layer)
  • Tomatoes – 200 gms
  • Onion – 2
  • Capsicum – 1 small
  • Spring Onions – a few sprigs
  • Cumin Seeds – a pinch
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Tobasco Sauce – 2 tsp
  • Mixed Herbs – 2 pinches
  • Salt – to taste
  1. Boil enough water to immense the Lasagne sheets. Put the sheets in the water for 10-15 minutes, covered.
  2. In the meanwhile, finely chop the tomatoes, onions, capsicum and spring onions.
  3. Heat oil in a microwave open for 20 seconds on HIGH. Add a pinch of cumin seeds, reheat it for 10 seconds. Now add the onions to it and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Now add the tomato and capsicum and cook for 2 minutes. Add a little water if it starts drying. Stir it nicely. Add the spring onions, tobasco sauce, mixed herbs, salt and cook for 30 seconds.
  5. Take out the Lasagne sheets and lay them on a kitchen towel to let them dry. Turn them after few minutes to let it dry on other side.
  6. In another pan, mix the boiled corn, spinach puree, ginger-chili-garlic paste and salt. Cook for 2 minute and keep it aside.
  7. In another oven-proof pan, melt the butter, add the flour and stir it properly and cook for 2 minutes or until brown in colour, stirring at regular intervals.
  8. Add the milk, stir and cook for 3 minutes on HIGH till it thickens. Add the seasoning and cook for another 30 seconds. Add the boiled mushrooms and cook for 1 minute and keep it aside.
  9. Method for assembling: Layer a few sheets of lasagne to cover the bottom of a deep rectangular oven-proof dish. Now, pour the corn-spinach mixture to make a thick llayer. Sprinkle grated cheese and mixed herbs.Cover with few sheets.
  10. Now its turn for the mushroom-bechimal sauce to form a thick layer over the sheets. Spread grated cheese again. Sprinkle little mixed herbs over it and cover with again a layer of lasagne sheets.
  11. Pour the salsa evenly on the sheets to form a thick layer.
  12. Sprinkle generous amount of cheese and mixed herbs on the top. Dot with little butter. Bake for 5-7 minutes on GRILL mode until the desired browning is done.
  13. Let it settle for 2 minutes and then garnish it. Re-warm if required.
  14. Serve hot as it is or with fresh green salad.

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TRICOLOUR SUNDAE

Preparation Time :  10 minutes
Serves : 1
Ingredients :

  • Orange flavored ice cream – 1 scoop
  • Vanilla flavored ice cream – 1 scoop
  • Mint flavored ice cream/ Vanilla ice cream topped with khus syrup to get the green color – 1 scoop
  • Some nuts to garnish
  • Wafer biscuits to garnish
  • Mixed fruits (optional) 1 tbsp
  • Cherry on top

Method :

  1. Take a long stemmed glass.
  2. Put in few fruits, if using them.
  3. Put in the scoop of Mint ice cream, or the vanilla ice cream. Put a generous amount of khus syrup all over to get the green color.
  4. Now top it with vanilla ice cream.
  5. Add some fruits again.
  6. Now top it with Orange ice cream. You can even add little orange syrup to enhance the color.
  7. Garnish with nuts and top it with a cherry.
  8. Place a cherry on top and serve immediately.

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TRICOLOUR RIMZHIM MOCKTAIL

Preparation Time :  10 minutes
Serves : 1
Ingredients :

  • Khus syrup – 2 tbsp
  • Sprite/ 7UP / any soda – ½ cup
  • Mirinda Orange – ½ cup
  • Lemon Juice – 2 tsp
  • Salt – a little
  • Crushed ice – a generous amount

Method :

  1. Take a mocktail glass.
  2. Pour in khus syrup.
  3. Put some crushed ice. Add a dash of lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Do not mix it.
  4. Add Sprite very gently through the sides of the glass. Do it very gently, so that the liquids do not mix.
  5. Again add some ice, lemon juice and salt.
  6. Now add Mirinda Orange very gently through the sides.
  7. This may need a little practice and patience.
  8. But believe me, the results will show wonders and give you lots of praises.

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Vaishali Parekh

www.indian-cooking.info

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