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Veg au gratin

What’s a better way to get rid of the cold lull of winter and post-Christmas blues than with a yum, cheesy baked dish in your oven? Comfort food. Check. Visual treat. Check. Health quotient. Check. And to top that, very customisable and very European! If more greens are on your list of resolutions for the new year folks, this is a recipe you have to try!

This works with all age groups, be it a winter-themed party, high tea party, kids’ birthday party or even just a ‘warm’ social get-together. What could possibly go wrong with cheese on a chilly day!

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes for white sauce+ 30 minutes for baking

What will I need?

3 cups diced vegetables (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

For Topping:

200 grams Processed cheese (about 8 Amul Processed cheese cubes but quantity of cheese can be reduced as per personal taste)

1 tsp bread crumbs
1 tbsp butter

How is it done?

To make the white sauce, melt the 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 the 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 the vegetables prepared in white sauce. Cut the pineapple rings 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. Preferably wash the slices before adding to the 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.

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Alifya Thingna - Associate Director | Key Accounts Having grown up around the Middle East and India, Alifya is a shy, yet friendly and colourful personality with a keen interest in human psychology, ethnology and contemporary dance forms. An aesthete by nature, she is extremely passionate about getting to know new people, immersing herself in new cultures, writing and doing the 'little things' that make this world a better place to live in. She also has a Masters degree in French literature, enjoys biking and is the modern definition of a logophile and an equalist.