French Casserole


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French Casserole

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The French Casserole is a classy one-dish meal with subtle flavours. It is basically comprised of three components – rice, spinach-onion mixture and tomato gravy – that are arranged and baked with a topping of cheese.

Spinach gives you a creamy mouth-feel, while the onions give you a pungent crunch and the tomato gravy endows the dish with an irresistibly tangy taste.

The rice is cooked in milk, which gives a classic taste and creamy texture to the dish. With a touch of spices and the appetizing aroma of herbs, the French Casserole is a sure-shot hit!

Try your hand at making more French favourites like the Spaghetti Souffle or Baked Vegetable Pancakes in White Sauce with Eggs

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French Casserole recipe - How to make French Casserole

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Baking time:  15 minutes   Baking temperature:  200ºC (400ºF)   Total Time:     Makes 6 servings

Ingredients

For The Rice
3/4 cup rice (chawal)
1 1/2 cups milk
salt and freshly ground black pepper (kalimirch) to taste

For The Spinach-onion Mixture
3 cups chopped spinach (palak)
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 tsp oil
1 tsp chopped green chillies
salt to taste

For The Tomato Gravy
1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/4 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp chilli flakes
1 tsp sugar
salt and freshly ground black pepper (kalimirch) to taste
1 tbsp fresh cream

For The Topping
5 tbsp grated processed cheese
Method
For the rice

    For the rice
  1. Combine the rice, milk, 1½ cup of water, salt and pepper in a broad non-stick pan, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 18 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Keep aside.

For the spinach-onion mixture

    For the spinach-onion mixture
  1. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan, add the onions and sauté on a medium flame for 1 minute.
  2. Add the spinach, green chillies and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 4 to 5 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Keep aside.

For the tomato gravy

    For the tomato gravy
  1. Combine the tomatoes, onions and 1 cup of water in a broad non-stick pan, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 6 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  2. Cool completely. Put it into a mixer and blend till smooth.
  3. Combine the tomato-onion mixture, chilli powder, oregano, chilli flakes, sugar, salt and pepper in a deep non-stick pan, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 10 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the cream, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 30 seconds. Keep aside.

How to proceed

    How to proceed
  1. Spread the rice in a glass baking dish in an even layer.
  2. Spread the spinach-onion mixture evenly over it.
  3. Spread the tomato gravy evenly over it.
  4. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over it.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven at 200°c (400°f) for 10 minutes.
  6. Serve immediately.

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Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy133 cal
Protein4.9 g
Carbohydrates10.7 g
Fiber1.6 g
Fat5.9 g
Cholesterol13.3 mg
Sodium41.9 mg

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French Casserole ( Zero Oil Dal and Chawal Recipe)
5
 on 22 Jul 16 12:44 PM


I want to try this dish but I don''t know what is milk rice. Pl tell me about it Thank you
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Mina, just click on the blue link and it will take you to the recipe of milk rice. Anyways, sending you the link. http://www.tarladalal.com/Milk-Rice-22528r
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22 Jul 16 02:44 PM
French Casserole ( Zero Oil Dal and Chawal Recipe)
5
 on 17 Sep 14 01:29 PM


It''s a WOW recipe! The milk rice and spinach makes it healthy and tomato gravy makes it delightful. The combination of spinach and tomato gravy with rice after baking makes it an A-1 dish.
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