I’ve never gone for cooking classes, my cooking is all what I learnt at home seeing my mom, MIL, and friends cook. I know my limitations and hence never come out of a restaurant thinking how I can make this dish at home! I cannot follow cookbook recipes – the dishes are a disaster; so I avoid them and prefer if someone can show/narrate it to me.
For a few months we were lucky to have a cook who knew a bit of continental cooking. I wrote down a couple of pasta and lasagna recipes from her. Yesterday, I decided to attempt the lasagna. It was my first attempt at non-Indian & non-Chinese cooking and I think it turned out fine:-)
So here it goes:
Get the readymade lasagna strips from any supermarket in town and boil 6 of them in water for 7-8 minutes. Lay them separately in a plate so that they do not stick to each other.
Chicken Mince Stuffing:
Heat olive oil in a pan, add 3 finely chopped onions and sauté till onions are pink. Then add 5-6 piece of garlic cloves and sauté for another 2-3 minutes. Add ½ kg of chicken mince and mix well. Let the mince cook for 2-3 minutes. Then add chili flakes, oregano and dry parsley leaves. Mix well, add salt to taste and let the mince cook on medium flame (approx15-20mins). Once it is done, add 1-2 table spoons of tomato paste or tomato puree and mix well. Let it cook for another 10 minutes on slow flame.
Heat 1 ½ tablespoon of butter in a small vessel, add 1 ½ table spoon of maida (Wheat Flour) and stir well. The mixture should stay in liquid state. Then close the stove, let it cool down a bit and then add cold milk, shredded mozzarella cheese, salt and pepper. Mix well to form thick white sauce
Take a flat casserole, apply olive oil. Place 2 strip of lasagna, add mince stuffing, add white sauce. Then again repeat this layering. Lay the final 2 strips on the top, add lots of mozerella cheese on the final lasagna strips and then bake the casserole in the oven for 10-12 minutes at high temperature.
Your hot steaming lasagna is ready in less than an hour!