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Now cooking, with son: Paneer Lasagna

Cooking and writing are two of my favourite hobbies. No wonder then that sharing recipes, which involves both, is fast becoming my favourite third hobby. 🙂 I prefer home food over outside food and like to toss up a storm in my kitchen with dishes I find interesting. Seeing how sportingly my guinea pig family takes my food experiments I’ll give myself credit for being sensibly flavour-blessed. 😉

The apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree since A Jr has taken after me in this regard. While spending time alone in the kitchen is a no-no for him right now, he’s an incorrigible foodie who loves to discuss food. Making and writing a recipe with me for his summer homework was hence an activity he was looking forward to quite excitedly.

Not inclined to make it easier for him we settled on making Lasagna with the essential Mom/Varsh twist. We learnt our way through it and made lasagna sheets and the sauce from scratch. The kids happily rolled out the sheets while I got the stuffing done. I added paneer to the veggies to make the dish healthier.

Ingredients:

Grated cheese – 1 bowl

For lasagna sheets:

Refined flour – 1 cup

Oil – 2 tsp

Salt to taste

Water as required

For Paneer filling:

Chopped garlic – 5 to 6 cloves

Mixed fine-chopped vegetables – 2 bowls

Marinara sauce – 1 tbsp

Tomato sauce – 1 tbsp

Fresh paneer – 100 grams

Salt to taste

For sauce:

Grilled capsicum – 1 no

Tomatoes (small) – 2 nos

Marinara sauce – 1 tbsp

Salt to taste

For garnishing:

Marinara sauce – 1 tbsp

Grated cheese – as required

Chilli flakes – 1 tbsp

Oregano – 1 tbsp

Procedure:

For Lasagna sheets:

1. Take the flour, oil and salt in a bowl. Add little water at a time and knead a soft dough. Let it rest for half an hour.

2. Roll out thin sheets with the dough. Dust well with dry flour if required.

3. Dry the sheets on paper or cloth for at least an hour.

That’s Angel, hard at work. 😀

For Paneer filling:

1. Heat oil in a pan. After heating, add chopped garlic cloves and fry till it turns brown.

2. Add mixed vegetables and sauté them.

3. Add pieces of chopped paneer, mix them well and cook them for 3-4 mins.

4. Add marinara sauce, tomato sauce, salt and stir well.

5. Your paneer filling should now have a beautiful red colour.

For Sauce:-

1. Grill a capsicum till its skin gets burnt.

2. Remove the burnt skin, chop it and put in a mixer along with two small tomatoes, marinara sauce and salt.

3. It should have a flowing consistency.

Finally, for Lasagna:

1. Take a microwave safe bowl either square or circular depending upon your choice and sheets.

2. Take one tbsp of red sauce and spread it to the bottom of the bowl. Place one lasagna sheet on it.

3. Spread one tbsp of red sauce, one tbsp of paneer filling and some grated cheese on it.

4. Repeat the process and make similar layers.

5. Garnish it with one tbsp of marinara sauce, lots of grated cheese, one tbsp of oregano and one tbsp of chilli flakes.

6. Bake it in the oven for 5-6 minutes or till the cheese on the top melts completely.

Your lasagna is ready!!!

A Jr stayed with me in the kitchen throughout the making and had a bunch of smart rapid fire questions. He put all the knowledge gained to use by writing the recipe! I refined it with a few touch-ups, but it was his baby. He typed out most of the recipe for this post too. When did he grow up so much? God, how proud it makes me feel! 🙂 🙂

By the way, he loved the lasagna. The overload of cheese had him drooling even as we started layering. I loved this mom-and-son time and am planning to do it often now.

This post is published for #OpenNTalk Blogger’s League hosted by Gleefulblogger & Wigglingpen in association with SummerBarnVedantika HerbalsNyassaExplore Kids World.

I’d like to thank Swarupa Panda for introducing me on her blog. Do check out her fashion blog for some brilliant posts on the latest trends in fashion. Thank you, Akshata for commencing this blog train and setting an impressive precedent for all of us. She is a CA by profession and blogging is her passion. She is a dreamer, a storyteller and shopaholic person. You cannot miss her travel posts and the lovely pictures she shares.

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28 Comments

  1. nehal says:

    I will definitely try my hands on this super Yummilicious recipe. And m sure my kiddie will join with me for this. She loves getting in kitchen. Your post helps a lot.

  2. mayuri6 says:

    Really innovative recipe and vegetarians will love it! Saving it for later.
    #JAMSS2018

  3. thefashionandcity says:

    I will surely try this dish. Not a cook, but I can try this. Thanks for the recipe. #OpenNTalk #BloggerBabes

  4. Very tempting!

  5. This recipe is easy and yummy too. Good to see your son helping out in the kitchen. I am trying it out soon.
    #Bloggingdivas
    #OpenNtalk

  6. This is such a wonderful recipe Varsha, and what timing. Bang before weekend kickstarts, will try this and share feedback from daughter with you.

  7. Thats quite impressive of your boy! Cooking lasagne seems quite an effort and I can’t imagine myself doing it but tell you what I would love to eat that mouth watering recipe you cooked.

  8. OOOH! That lasagne sure had me drooling. Yum Yum good you found some son mommy time. He looks so cute trying to roll out the sheets too.
    I liked your recipe too .. pretty easy to follow.
    #NISSATalks

  9. absolutely loved the recipe varsh, will sure try 🙂

  10. Oh!! Now how much I wish I had a Microwave. 😛
    – Anami from#InvincibleGang for #OpenNTalk

  11. I will sure try to make this since morning I saw this on twitter …Loved the recipe!!

  12. I tried this out with a little modification, and it was delish!
    So thanks to you. And sprcodl thanks to your little kitchen helper 😘

    #OpenNTalk #CrossBorderSisters

  13. Wow nice recipe. Surely going to try it at home.

  14. jhilmildsaha says:

    Thats really so cute. Btw the recipe is awesome. I am surely gonna try for my little one.

  15. zainab says:

    Oh wow this is really new & looks yum

  16. Mrinal says:

    My mouth is watering looking at the pictures! I am definitely going to try this soon! Thanks for sharing this recipe with us! ❤

  17. SHEETAL DORBY says:

    This post timing is so appropriate for me , the other day I was discussing with my husband on how to prepare it. Yay! Now I am gonna try it out

  18. This lasagne looks so tempting i want to bite it

  19. Minakshi Bajpai says:

    What a interesting recipe. Will surely try to make it in this weekend.

  20. Dude how can everything seem so simple when it’s your dishes. I’ve been following u on insta and FB, must say those drooling food pictures make me feel like meeting you someday and ask u kya raaz hai? kaha se itna talent laati ho? I mean ur writing skills are woah and ur cooking skills too 🙂 I will surely try this yumminess someday!
    #InvincibleGang

  21. Dil khush hua, padhke! Give the kiddo a hug from me! It is best to introduce children to the kitchen early so that they learn the basics of cooking at least. Arush seems to be a pro, though 🙂

  22. Panner is my all time favorite. This is such a simple and easy to ready dish. I am going to try it soon. #OpeNTalk #BloggerBabes

  23. The recipe is so delicious and interesting. Will surely try

  24. Aditi says:

    Like the recipe when free definitely gonna try it.

  25. I love Lasagna and this recipe looks great. Would try it for sure. Thanks Varsha and I am sure trying it with your younger one was fun.

  26. Oh how nice!! It’s actually quite amazing to see our kids doing things that we think they are small for. Children can amaze us in so many ways. You are doing great, mama!! All the best. #roarwillrock

  27. Recipe sounds interesting though I am on a low carb diet with minimal oil in my daily regimen. Will cheat one day to relish my taste-buds with your recipe. I too managed kitchen skills since the time, I could not reach gas top without stool or chair. Seeing your son in the same activity, made me nostalgic. My son n nephew have carried my habit of showing artistic skills in kitchen.

    #BlogAMile #OpenNTalk

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