Hi friends! It’s been such a long time. I am posting a recipe after 2 months. I got very busy with kids half term exams and then Diwali preparations or maybe I was being lazy (my family definitely believes that ;-))Anyway I will try my best to keep on posting recipes more frequently.
Vegetable au Gratin is the most sought after dish in our house. It is almost everybody’s favorite. There is a restaurant in Jaipur where we used to go frequently for dinner and the manager used to order Vegetable au Gratin for our table without even asking us. Can u believe that? Then he would just inform us that gratin has been ordered already. He knew our taste so well.
This is quite a regular dish in winters and with fresh cauliflower available in market my husband has been asking me to make this for quite some time. I use cauliflower, carrots and French beans but you can add peas, corn or cabbage as per your taste.
I always add pineapple pieces to vegetable au Gratin because it gives slightly sweet taste to the dish. You can add oregano or other spices to white sauce
How to make Vegetable au Gratin
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes for white sauce+ 30 minutes for baking
3 cups diced vegetables ( I have used 1 cauliflower, 15-20 French beans and 3 carrots)
1 can pineapple slices ( 6-8 rings)
1 tsp salt
For white sauce:
4 tbsp butter
4 tbsp plain flour( Maida)
4 cups milk
salt to taste
¼ tsp pepper
200 grams Processed cheese( I have used 8 Amul Processed cheese cubes because I like my vegetable au Gratin with lots of cheese. You can reduce the quantity of cheese to make it light.)
1 tsp bread crumbs
1 tbsp butter
For white sauce, melt butter in a heavy bottomed saucepan over low heat. Add plain flour and mix thoroughly. Keep stirring for 2 minutes over low heat. It should not turn brown. Add milk slowly and keep stirring over medium heat till the mixture is thick. Switch off the flame and add salt and pepper.
Boil vegetables in water with 1 tsp of salt. Do not over boil the veggies. They should be just tender. Drain them and let them stand for 5 minutes to drain off excess water. Mix vegetables in prepared white sauce. Cut pineapple into bite size pieces and add to the white sauce. Try not to get any pineapple syrup in your white sauce otherwise it will be too sweet and watery. I wash the slices before adding in white sauce.
Adjust salt and spices according to your taste. Take a greased baking dish and put the white sauce with vegetables in it.
Cover with grated cheese and then a little bread crumbs. In the end dot with butter and bake for 30 minutes at 180 C. serve hot with toasted bread or Naan sabji as you like.