Monday, April 11, 2011

Desi Lasagna

We had a great vacation in Miami, florida and came back home today. I will post some infor on travel to miami beach soon. I made this lasagna over the weekend before travelling and wanted to share it with you all.

I have been making this version of lasagna for the past few years. My first taste of lasagna was from my cousin Rama in UK. since then, I have tried many versions and finally nailed it to this one. I have spiked it with a lot of indian ingredients, trust me I did not add sambar powder here...!

A true italian may laugh at this version, but hey, this works out best for me and my family.

Get Ready: ( serves 3-4)

  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 clove of garlic crushed
  • 1 zucchini diced
  • 1/2 red pepper diced
  • 1 carrot diced
  • one handful of peas
  • 1/4 egg plant diced
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 or 1/2 jalapeno pepper slit
  • 1/2 jar marinara sauce ( i used a large bottle)
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • pepper powder to taste
  • salt to taste
  • 6 no cook lasagna noodles
  • 2 tbsp oilve oil
  • Parmesan and shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tbsp of butter


  • In a large sauce pan, add oilve oil.
  • Once hot add the onions and fry till tranaslucent.
  • Add the garlic, ginger garlic paste, jalapeno and fry till aromatic.
  • Add all the diced vegetables, salt to taste and saute for a few minutes till they are soft, still crunchy.
  • Add the marinara sauce, salt to taste and cook till everything comes to a boil.
  • Turn the heat off and set aside.
  • add cilantro to the ricotta cheese and mix well till it's well incorporated. add pepper powder according to taste and keep the cheese mixture aside.
  • Eventhough the lasagna noodles are no cook, I cook them them for a few mins. you can skip this step if you want to.
  • Cook lasagna noodles for a few mins till they are aldente.  lift them up care fully, brush with oilve oil and keep them on a plate.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Grease a 2 qt baking dish with non stick spray
  • add a layer of tomato veggie sauce at the bottom.
  • Arrange the lasagna noodle on top of the sauce.
  • Spread the cheese mixture on top of the noodles.
  • repeat layers of noodles, sauce and cheese and fill up to the top.
  • Sprinkle both cheeses on the top layer.
  • add pieces of butter on top of the cheese to give a nice golden crust.

  • Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 40 -45 mins.
  • Check around 30 -35 mins to see if the cheese is bubbling. then remove foil and bake for another 10 mins to get the golden crusty top.
  • let it sit in the oven for 20 mins before you serve.
The steps may seem a lot of work, but actually very easy to put together.
Any left overs ( if present) taste awesome for the next day!.

I am sending this for Fusion recipes  guest hosted by priyasnowserving and  Pari's foodelicious
I would also like to thank priya for passing a cute  namesake award! Love ya!

Jay of tasty appetite was so sweet to share two awards with me. I am so humbled by all your gesture and would like to give you a big hug!

I would like to pass these awards to all my friends, so please fell free to pick up!

Enjoy your lasagna!


  1. Slurp! I love this dish already! Can't wait to taste it!

  2. Woww love this desi lasagna, simply looks out of the world..Congrats on ur awards Priya..

  3. No doubt this version will suit us too!!! Simply loved it...Looks too yummy!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  4. this desi lasagna is a true fusion recipe gal-loved it ! probably the italians can spike their version now !!! congrats on ur awards and rock on !

  5. Wonderful dish,love this idea of desi lasagna..irresistible.

  6. Desi lasagna looks so delicious and yummy. Can't wait to prepare this dish using your method.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  7. Priya, that looks awesome and drool-worthy, what an excellent idea :)

  8. Loved it Priya- creativity at its best :)
    Congrats on your well deserved awards!

    US Masala

  9. wonderful lasagna..congrates for your award!

  10. Priya, that's a lovely one !!!- here I am making a traditional one almost ready to be blogged, and there you are taking the fusion route - Love this innovation - and I agree 100% that we should mold recipes to suit our palate :)

  11. Congrats too on your awards -- Where are the ones I gave you dear -- don't see them anywhere :(((((

  12. What ever floats your boat. Never mind what anybody says about it.


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