Classic Lasagne!

   Ello! ghhhhh…….testing,testing….Hello ladies and gentlemen, hope you’re rocking your fancy bottoms these days. I haven’t participated  in many WordPress challenges in the past .However the latest Cliffhanger challenge (Weekly Challenge) is something that is highly appealing to my mind which is always on the edge of…err..a cliff.  So today I’m going to do something bad. Like really really bad. As in “bad Toby bad Toby” and banging-the-head-on-lampshade bad.(For those who are hanging.This is a reference  to Toby in Harry Potter). 

   Today I present my version of Lasagna.Lasagna which also happens to be one of my favorite dishes. Because I dig a fork into it and the cheese oozes out. It has layers of sauteed chicken and spices. A medley of beautiful veggies. There’s something awesome about bell peppers, bits of carrot,spring onions resting over a bed of noodles,cheese and cheese sauce. Hot and Spicy from oven….this is mon salwa from the heavens….!  

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RECIPE HAS NOW BEEN POSTED….. 

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Delectable Low Calorie Pizza!

    I was a little low today. Maybe because of a dream-cum-movie( It was hours long!) I watched while asleep. I wouldn’t call it a nightmare. It was, for the want of a better word,’zany’. The kind of bizarre film that leave you feeling lethargic. Anyway I should be happy that it wasn’t Paranormal Activity 5. It could have been, given that I read a lot of true horror stories yesterday. An American haunting(truth behind it) and The exorcism of Emily Rose(truth behind it) being just two of them. Pictures never lie, words may or may not. These stories are accompanied with pictures of the horrifying details.I cried and even prayed for the alleged victims. Do we ever wonder how blessed we are,like ever?  If we look at those who actually suffer, we might stop whining about our so-called miserable lives and start being thankful for once. A lot of us don’t even know the S of suffering, and God forbid that we ever do. Its about time we began looking at the fuller part of the glass, rather than moan about the empty space. Anyway, I had to do something to get rid of yesterdays lethargic sadness. For that I made a feel good pizza today. It was the most absolutely delicious one ever. And there was no guilt, since it was low-fat. Not overloaded with cheese like pizzas usually are. To accompany the pizza I also read a lovely novel ” I’ve got your number” by the absolutely marvelous, my all-time favorite author Sophie Kinsella. For those of you who don’t know Kinsella, I pity you. She writes such light, witty ,amazing novels and has such a perfect comic timing. I was left absolutely refreshed and revitalized after the pizza and the novel! 

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What you Need(For Dough)

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp Yogurt

Method(Dough)

  • Dissolve sugar and yeast in 4 tbsp warm water
  • Mix rest of the ingredients
  • Knead to make a soft dough(With warm water)
  • Cover it with cloth. And leave it to rise for 1 hour.
  • After one hour roll out the dough. Personally I prefer a thin crust over a thick one.But roll out as you wish.

What you need(for Topping)

  • 1 small onion diced
  • 3/4 cup boiled and shredded chicken
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp oregano powder
  • 1 capsicum diced
  • 1 carrot diced
  • 2 spring onions chopped
  • 4 green chilies sliced 
  • 1 egg beaten

Method( Topping)

  • Melt butter, add onions,cook till transparent.Add capsicum,salt,black pepper and oregano.
  • Add flour. Stir and cook for a minute
  • Add milk and cook till it thickens.
  • Add green chili,spring onion,carrot and shredded chicken.
  • Leave this filling to cool.

For Garnishing(Sprinkle over Topping before and NOT after baking )

  • 5 tbsp Cheddar cheese. Yes that’s all the cheese in our pizza. Just slice it all over the pizza randomly.
  • One small tomato sliced. Place slices randomly over the pizza.

Tip

* I bake the rolled out dough for 10 minutes BEFORE applying topping on it. The crust is firmer and tastier. The rest of baking will take place after applying the topping( that is 10-15 minutes more). Overall 20-25 minutes.

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Ricotta Cheese DIY

I made ricotta cheese for my Ricotta Cheese Meaty Pizza the other day and I was amazed at how easy this was. The only thing bad about this is that if you aren’t careful, cheese bits or milk can stick to the edges of the pan in which you’re cooking cheese. And they are very difficult to remove.

All you need:

  • 4 cups whole milk (Not low fat and other varieties)
  • Juice from one large lemon(or 2 tbsp white distilled vinegar)

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  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tablespoon fresh cream(Optional)

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  • A bowl for straining out the liquid

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  • A cheese cloth/ muslin

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How to go about it

  • Whisk together milk and cream with a stand mixer. Or use the milk only.
  • Add Salt and whisk
  • Set these on a low heat in a pan.
  • Add vinegar/ lemon
  • Keep stirring.Prevent Cheese/milk from sticking to the edges of the pan.
  • Pour the material in the pan into a cheese cloth.Tie it.
  • Keep this on a straining bowl.
  • Your Cheese will be ready in half an hour after liquid drains out. If you want firmer slabs of cheese, allow the cheese to stay in the cloth for 2 hours or even longer.