Republic Day Special

The Republic Day of India is a national holiday of India to mark the adoption of the Constitution of India and the transition of India from a British Dominion to a republic on January 26, 1950. It is one of the three national holidays in India.

Although India obtained its independence on 15 August 1947, it did not yet have a permanent constitution; instead, its laws were based on the modified colonial Government of India Act 1935, and the country was a Dominion, with George VI as head of state and Earl Mountbatten as Governor General.

Let's celebrate with a few Tricolour Recipes to mark this occasion.

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TriColour Lasagna

Preparation Time : 60 minutes
Serves : 4-6

Ingredients :

  • Lasagne Sheets - 200 gms

  • Parmesan Cheese - 300 gms

  • Fresh Button Mushrooms - 100 gms

  • Water - around 3 cups

  • For Garnishing :

  • Mushroom - Few, thin slices

  • Tomato - few strips

  • Capsicum - few strips

  • Corn seeds - few

  • Tomato – 3, designed in flowers

  • For Green Layer : (For Bottom Green Layer)

  • American Corn, boiled – 50 gms

  • Spinach Purée - 100 gms

  • Oil - 1 tbsp

  • Salt - to taste

  • Ginger, chili, garlic paste - 2 tsp

  • For Béchamel Sauce : (For Middle White Layer)

  • Butter - 1 tbsp

  • Refined Flour - 1 tbsp

  • Milk - 1 cup

  • Salt & Pepper - to taste

  • Nutmeg powder - a pinch

  • For Tomato Salsa : (For Top Saffron Layer)

  • Tomatoes - 200 gms

  • Onion - 2

  • Capsicum - 1 small

  • Spring Onions - a few sprigs

  • Cumin Seeds - a pinch

  • Oil - 1 tbsp

  • Tobasco Sauce - 2 tsp

  • Mixed Herbs - 2 pinches

  • Salt - to taste

Method :

  • Boil enough water to immense the Lasagne sheets. Put the sheets in the water for 10-15 minutes, covered.

  • In the meanwhile, finely chop the tomatoes, onions, capsicum and spring onions.

  • Heat oil in a microwave open for 20 seconds on HIGH. Add a pinch of cumin seeds, reheat it for 10 seconds. Now add the onions to it and cook for 1 minute.

  • Now add the tomato and capsicum and cook for 2 minutes. Add a little water if it starts drying. Stir it nicely. Add the spring onions, tobasco sauce, mixed herbs, salt and cook for 30 seconds.

  • Take out the Lasagne sheets and lay them on a kitchen towel to let them dry. Turn them after few minutes to let it dry on other side.

  • In another pan, mix the boiled corn, spinach puree, ginger-chili-garlic paste and salt. Cook for 2 minute and keep it aside.

  • In another oven-proof pan, melt the butter, add the flour and stir it properly and cook for 2 minutes or until brown in colour, stirring at regular intervals.

  • Add the milk, stir and cook for 3 minutes on HIGH till it thickens. Add the seasoning and cook for another 30 seconds. Add the boiled mushrooms and cook for 1 minute and keep it aside.

  • Method for assembling:

  • Layer a few sheets of lasagne to cover the bottom of a deep rectangular oven-proof dish. Now, pour the corn-spinach mixture to make a thick llayer. Sprinkle grated cheese and mixed herbs.Cover with few sheets.

  • Now its turn for the mushroom-bechimal sauce to form a thick layer over the sheets. Spread grated cheese again. Sprinkle little mixed herbs over it and cover with again a layer of lasagne sheets.

  • Pour the salsa evenly on the sheets to form a thick layer.

  • Sprinkle generous amount of cheese and mixed herbs on the top. Dot with little butter. Bake for 5-7 minutes on GRILL mode until the desired browning is done.

  • Let it settle for 2 minutes and then garnish it. Re-warm if required.

  • Serve hot as it is or with fresh green salad.

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TriColour Sundae

Preparation Time :  10 minutes
Serves : 1

Ingredients :

  • Orange flavored ice cream – 1 scoop

  • Vanilla flavored ice cream – 1 scoop

  • Mint flavored ice cream/ Vanilla ice cream topped with khus syrup to get the green color – 1 scoop

  • Some nuts to garnish

  • Wafer biscuits to garnish

  • Mixed fruits (optional) 1 tbsp
    Cherry on top

Method :

  • Take a long stemmed glass.

  • Put in few fruits, if using them.

  • Put in the scoop of Mint ice cream, or the vanilla ice cream. Put a generous amount of khus syrup all over to get the green color.

  • Now top it with vanilla ice cream.

  • Add some fruits again.

  • Now top it with Orange ice cream. You can even add little orange syrup to enhance the color.

  • Garnish with nuts and top it with a cherry.

  • Place a cherry on top and serve immediately.

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TriColour Rim Jhim

Preparation Time :  10 minutes
Serves : 1

Ingredients :

  • Khus syrup – 2 tbsp

  • Sprite/ 7UP / any soda – ½ cup

  • Mirinda Orange – ½ cup

  • Lemon Juice – 2 tsp

  • Salt – a little

  • Crushed ice – a generous amount

Method :

  • Take a mocktail glass.

  • Pour in khus syrup.

  • Put some crushed ice. Add a dash of lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Do not mix it.

  • Add Sprite very gently through the sides of the glass. Do it very gently, so that the liquids do not mix.

  • Again add some ice, lemon juice and salt.

  • Now add Mirinda Orange very gently through the sides.

  • This may need a little practice and patience.

  • But believe me, the results will show wonders and give you lots of praises.

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