Spinach Lasagne


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Spinach lasagne is an absolute hit with everyone who eats it. Spinach and cottage cheese layered pasta, topped with a rich cheese sauce is simply delicious. You can buy ready-made dry pasta sheets available at provision stores to assemble this recipe quickly.

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Makes 4 servings
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Ingredients


For The Lasagne Sheets
3/4 cup plain flour (maida)
3 tbsp oil
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp oil for cooking the lasagne

For The Spinach Stuffing
3 cups spinach (palak) leaves
1 cup crumbled paneer (cottage cheese)
1/2 tsp chopped green chillies
a pinch nutmeg (jaiphal) powder
3 tbsp fresh cream
salt to taste

For The Tomato Sauce
1/2 cup tomato puree
1/2 tsp garlic (lehsun) paste
1/2 tsp dried mixed herbs
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp fresh cream
1 tsp oil
salt to taste

For The White Sauce
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp plain flour (maida)
1 cup milk
salt and freshly ground black pepper powder to taste

Other Ingredients
2 tbsp grated processed cheese
oil for greasing

Method
For the lasagne sheets

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and knead a firm dough, using a little water if required.
  2. Rest the dough under a damp cloth for 15 minutes.
  3. Divide into 3 equal portions and roll out each portion as thinly as possible into a 150 mm. (6”) diameter circle.
  4. Cook each sheet of lasagne for 2 minutes in a pan of boiling water to which 1 tsp of salt and 1 tbsp of oil has been added.
  5. Drain and transfer the lasagne sheets into a bowl of cold water. Drain again and keep aside.

For the spinach stuffing

  1. Blanch the spinach in boiling water. Refresh in ice-cold water and drain out all the water.
  2. Chop the blanched spinach finely and mix with the cottage cheese, green chillies, nutmeg powder, cream and salt. Keep aside.

For the tomato sauce

  1. Heat the oil in a pan, add the garlic and sauté for a few seconds.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring the sauce to a boil. Cool completely.

For the white sauce

  1. Heat the butter, add the flour and sauté for 1 minute.
  2. Slowly pour in the milk, stirring continuously so that no lumps form. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add salt and pepper and mix well. Remove from the fire.

How to proceed

  1. Grease a 150 mm. (6”) diameter baking dish.
  2. Place one sheet of lasagne in the baking dish.
  3. Top with ½ of the spinach stuffing.
  4. Top with ½ of the tomato sauce and then cover with second sheet of lasagne.
  5. Top with the remaining spinach stuffing, tomato sauce and cover with the third sheet of lasagne.
  6. Top with the white sauce and cheese.
  7. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°c (360°f) for 20 to 25 minutes.
  8. Serve hot.
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