Baked Vegetables in Spinach Sauce by Tarla Dalal

Baked Vegetables in Spinach Sauce, ideal dish for kids and adults!
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Baked Vegetables in Spinach Sauce

Baked Vegetables in Spinach Sauce is a sumptuous preparation of assorted vegetables in a creamy sauce that is reinforced with spinach puree. The spinach adds a new dimension to the white sauce, making it more colourful and tastier too. Myriad veggies add flavour, crunch and a delightful splash of colours to this dish, which is a perfect accompaniment for garlic bread.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 12 minutes
Baking time: 15 to 20 minutes.
Baking temperature: 180 °C (360 °F)
Makes 3 servings

Ingredients

For The Spinach Sauce
1 cup chopped spinach (palak)
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp plain flour (maida)
2 cups milk
salt and freshly ground black pepper (kalimirch) powder to taste

Other Ingredients
2 cups mixed boiled vegetables
(french beans , carrots ,
green peas and cauliflower)
salt and freshly ground black pepper (kalimirch) powder to taste
1 tbsp fresh cream
1/4 cup grated processed cheese

Method
For the spinach sauce

1. Pour ¼ cup of water in a kadhai, allow it to boil.
2. Add the spinach and sauté on a high flame for 1½ minutes or till the spinach is soft.
3. Remove from the flame, allow it to cool and blend in a mixer to a smooth purée. Keep aside.
4. Heat the butter in a broad non-stick pan, add the plain flour and sauté on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring continuously.
5. Add the milk, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring continuously.
6. Add the salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring continuously.
7. Add the spinach purée, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute, while stirring continuously.
8. Switch off the flame, add the pepper powder and mix well.

How to proceed

1. Combine the prepared spinach sauce, boiled vegetables, salt, pepper and cream, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 t o2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
2. Pour in a 175 mm. (7″) baking dish and sprinkle the cheese all over and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 °c (360 °f) for 10 to 15 minutes.
3. Serve immediately.