Bored of your regular meals! Well, then it’s time for that most welcome transgression to satisfy your palate. A delectable marriage between Indian and Mediterranean culinary delights, this Paneer Lasagna boasts of oodles of protein with abundant flavour in a ‘vegetarian avtaar’! Great visuals and a meal in itself…can be paired with a wine of your choice for those romantic or indulgent evenings with friends.
|Servings||2 – 4 persons|
|Preparation Time||15 – 20 minutes|
|Cook Time||25 minutes|
Ingredients for Paneer Lasagna
(1cup=200ml, 1 tbsp=15ml)
|500 gm||Cottage cheese block (Paneer block)|
|½ cup||Finely chopped mix vegetables (carrot, red-yellow capsicum, beans)|
|6 Nos.||Large tomatoes|
|1 tbsp||Garlic paste|
|1 tsp||Red chili powder / red chili flakes|
|1 tbsp||Tomato ketchup (I use Maggi Hot n Sweet Brand)|
|A handful||Basil leaves|
|1 tsp||Oregano (optional)|
|Salt to taste|
|Pepper to taste|
|Olive oil for cooking|
|¼th cup||White sauce (optional)|
|3 – 4 tbsp||Grated cheese|
Instructions for Paneer Lasagna
|1||Cut the paneer into roundels (8 cm dia) or squares (7 cm x 7 cm) ½ inch thickness; keep aside.
|2||Boil the tomatoes in hot water until skin peels off. Drain the water. De skin
and puree it.
|3||Heat oil in a pan. Sauté garlic. Add the tomato puree. Add in salt, red chili
flake (powder), tomato ketchup and sugar. Cook and reduce it for about 8 –10 minutes. (This should not be too thick nor too thin). Add in chopped basil leaves after cooking (can add oregano too).
|4||Sauté the finely chopped vegetables in olive oil for 2 minutes. Season with
salt and pepper. The vegetables should retain their crunch.
|5||Now grill the paneer with olive oil on a pan. Season with salt and pepper.
|6||In a baking dish, spread about 1 – 2 tbsp of tomato sauce.|
|7||Layer one piece of paneer on it. Add in 1 tbsp of sautéed vegetable on it. Cover with the other paneer slice or disc.
|8||Top the dish with the remaining tomato sauce.
|9||Pour 2 – 3 tbsp of white sauce over it. Garnish with grated cheese and crushed pepper.
|10||Bake in a preheated oven @ 180°C for ten minutes and serve immediately.