Beans-cauliflower casserole

Typically when  I try to bake vegetables, which isnt often to begin with, I end up tossing them into a white sauce , grating a lot some sinful cheese over them and popping them in the oven for a few minutes. Thats why I like this recipe- it has an ample amount of cheese  but the sauce is tomato based. Quite a nice change from the over done white sauce , if you ask me.

cauliflower-rajma

Ingredients:

  • 1/2C kidney beans/rajma soaked overnight
  • 1 onions (chopped)
  • 3 tomatoes(250 gms) -blanched, peeled and chopped
  • 4Cfinely chopped cauliflower
  • 21/2tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 C (150gms) grated cheese
  • 1/2C cream
  • 2tbsp oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  • Pressure cook rajma in 2C water and 1/2tsp salt.Drain excess water after pressure cooking.
  • Fry the onions and cauliflower  in a little oil till the onions turn golden and the cauliflower is cooked.Add salt and pepper.
  • Add tomatoes,ketchup, sauce,rajma to the onion and cauliflower.Check for salt.
  • Remove from stove.Add half the grated cheese and mix.
  • Trasfer to a baking dish. Top with a mixture of the remaining cheese and cream.Add some salt and pepper to the cheese-cream mixture if you feel the need.
  • Bake at 180 deg.C for about 20 mins.

Source: Nita Mehta’s Bakes and Cakes

Notes:  It doesnt get any more nutritious than this. You have a source of proteins and a source of vitamins and minerals. All you need  is to add a source of carbs (like may be from  brown bread) and you have yourself a fairly balanced meal. I had made this dish for dinner when I was home alone one day. The copious quantities I ended up making forced me to eat this without any accompaniments but I think a clear soup and a slice or two of bread would have gone well with it. The tomato base was a refreshing change from the white sauce. I dint have any Worcestershire sauce and so I skipped that entirely and I dont know how much difference that made in the overall taste- I am not particularly well versed with the taste of Worcestershire!Though pepper is normally a great seasoning to use, I found this dish slightly lacking on the seasoning front.I mean it tastes fine  but for the Indian palette, used to an over-dose of masalas, it was a little on the bland side. It might have been a good idea to add some garlic at the stage when onions and caulifower was being sauted and cooked.

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10 thoughts on “Beans-cauliflower casserole

  1. monikamanchanda

    i have tried this one and i agree with u on the lack of seasoning part, I usually add a little bit dried mix herbs and a dash of Tabasco to the same but then I love Tabasco and add it to almost everything 😉

  2. This sounds interesting.

    Monika’s suggestion of tabasco sounds interesting. I nornally add a pinch of Cayenne Pepper to add a tang to pasta or baked dishes.

  3. @mon- mixed herbs sounds good to me..

    @smitha- cayenne pepper?? is that the same as coursely grounded laal mirch?

    @Pari- it also helps me to remember what to do or change the next time i make this!

    @parita- me tooo!!!

    @trupti- 🙂

  4. Hmm..yummy.The white sauce in the recipe kind of makes me jittery.One,the amount of butter and cheese and two,the consistency.So this recipe sounds like a must try..:)

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