Sunday, 17 July 2016

Chicken Mushroom Lasagna with Bechamel Sauce

Ingredients -
Chicken boneless - 250 g cut in small pieces
Capsicum - 2 med size chopped in cubes
Carrot - 2 med, chopped in cubes
Onion - 3 med size cut in cubes
Tomato - 1 med chopped
Mushroom - 1 pack ( 100 g) cut and sauted in 1 tsp butter
Lasagna sheet - 6
Cheddar cheese grated - 1 cup
Mozzarrella cheese grated - 1 cup
Bechamel sauce - 1 cup
Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - 5 tbsp + 1 tsp

For Bechamel sauce -

butter - 4 tbsp
All purpose flour - 3 tbsp
Milk - 1 cup 
Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
Nutmeg powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - a pinch

Heat a non stick pan with butter in it on a medium heat, 
add the flour and stir it continuously until it is smooth 
and bubbly and the raw smell of the flour has gone. Reduce 
the flame to low and add the milk in it, stir it continuously
to avoid any lumps, season it with pepper, nutmeg and salt. 
if you find it thick, little milk can be added to it to give it a 
desired consistency.
                                     left to right, from above
Method -
1. Take a large pan and boil water in it, when it comes 
     to a boiling point, add 1 tsp oil and salt in it. Put the 
     lasagna sheets in it and let it boil on a medium heat 
    for 8-10 minutes until it is aldente.Take it out carefully
    on a dry kitchen towel, keep it aside for later use.
2. Take a frying pan and heat oil in it, add the onions and 
     fry it until translucent, add the carrots and chicken and 
     fry it for five minutes on a medium heat, add tomato,                        capsicum, black pepper, red chilli powder and salt.
     Mix all, cover and let it cook for few minutes. Add
     the mushrooms and sauté it for some time until  it is
     cooked. Take it off the heat.
3. Grease a square 9 inch baking dish. Divide the chicken
    mushroom mix into three portion. 
4. Spread the first portion of chicken mix over the greased 
    baking dish, spread some bechamel sauce over it, sprinkle 
    grated cheese and mozzarella cheese, arrange two lasagne
    sheets over it. Repeat again with the chicken mix over the 
    sheets, followed by bechamel sauce, cheese and mozzarella.
5. Arrange all in the same manner, the uppermost layer 
    should be of lasagna sheets only, then finally spread the 
    bechamel sauce, grated cheese and mozzarella over the 
    sheets. Sprinkle extra pieces of mozzarella also over the 
    dish before baking to give it an extra taste.
6. Cover it with a foil taking care it does not touch the 
    cheese and bake it on a preheated oven on 200 degree 
    Celsius for 25 - 30 minutes, remove foil and again bake 
    it for 10 minutes or until the upper layer turns to a golden 
    brown. Allow to stand for some minutes before serving. 
    Serve it hot and enjoy the heavenly taste of it.

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