Saturday, August 28, 2010

Greek Spinach Quiche with Zaziki

Hi All,
Really happy to see a family vegan site! Here's our contribution for this month. Balajee and I have a deal when it comes to Valentine's day. Though I would love to be given flowers almost everyday ;) we thought lets do something different! So the deal is that Balajee treats me to a new dish every Valentine's day! The dish should not be Indian and he should not have made it before. So this year it was Greek Spinach Quiche. Here's the recipe if you would like to try it out some time

You will need: (Serves 2 for Lunch and Dinner)

400 Gms Pre-minced Spinach
1 Large Onion
6 Cloves of Garlic
1 Bell Pepper
1 Cucumber
10 Gms Cumin Seeds
10 Gms Koriander Powder
2 Cups thick Curd
100 Gms Grated Parmesan Cheese
100 Gms Butter,
Olive Oil
2 Rolls of Puff pastry
( You get pre made pastry in supermarket)
Salt, chilly masala as per requirement

For the filling
Dice the Onion to Small pieces.Dice the Garlic cloves to small pieces as well. Heat a pan and add 2 spoons of Olive Oil and fry the onions until they are light brown. Now add the pre-minced spinach and cook until the spinach
becomes tender and all the moisture in the spinach is gone. Add salt, chilly powder and masala as per taste. Mix well and leave the filling to cool down. Cut the bell pepper into thin slices. In a small pan add some olive oil
and fry the bell pepper until it becomes soft. Place the fried bell pepper on a tissue paper to drain out extra oil. Keep these aside to cool down as well

Preparing the Quiche
Take the Puff pastry
roll out of your fridge and leave it outside for 10 minutes
In the mean time, Take an appropriate baking dish. Traditionally Quiche are made in Circular baking dish with at-least 2 inches in height. I used an rectangular one as its easy to cut the pastry
into rectangular shape than circular shape. Butter the Baking dish generously. Now your pastry should be soft and easy to cut. Cut a large piece of pastry so that it cover the sides as well as the bottom of the baking dish. Once the Baking dish is covered with pastry, sprinkle grated parmesan cheese on the pastry. Now place the fried bell peppers above the sprayed parmesan cheese. Now spread the Spinach on top of the Bell pepper so that the spinach covers the base completely.
If you have more spinach you can now add another layer of patry
and spinach. I suggest you do no more than 2 layers. Now cut another piece of pastry and cover the spinach with pastry. Brush the pastry top with butter so that it crisps up properly. You can now sprinkle some cashew nuts on top of the pastry. Preheat the oven for 10 minutes
Set the temperature to 210 Degree Celcius Place the dish in the oven and allow it to cook for 20-25 minutes.

Preparation of Zaziki(Greek Thayir Pachidi)
Mix the cucumber and 2 garlic cloves into a fine paste. Mix this paste into the 2 Cups of thick curd, add the koriander powder and the cumin seeds mix well and set it aside. Now you are all set for a wholesome greek treat.

Friday, August 27, 2010

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