Chefling Tales: Chicken Spinach Lasagna Rolls: A Welcome Sight at Iftar

June 10th, 2016 / Categorized under: Uncategorized

The holy month of Ramazan is here! This year, Ramazan began in the start of June – the hottest month of the year. This means that the fast is going to be long and very challenging. However, as Ramazan is meant to teach us tolerance, thus fasting in a hot month may bring you greater rewards.

Also, the whole country is (finally) on the same page regarding the sighting of the moon – which means we will all have Eid on the same day. Yayyy!!!

Ramazan brings with it a special feeling when it comes to worship and blessings, as well as elaborate meals, festivity and the desire to help care for the less fortunate. Special Ramazan bazars and make-shift stalls for iftar and sehr will remain busy all the way up till Eid. Watching special Ramazan programs, making iftar meals and breaking the fast at the sound of azaan are all deeply embedded into the culture of Islamic societies. It almost comes naturally, as everyone seems to tune into the ‘Ramazan lifestyle’ seamlessly.

I love trying new and different snacks for iftar every day, and I’ll be sharing these with you all throughout the month.

Now, lasagna is a classic dish. However, I wanted to make it different this Ramazan. Lasagna Rolls with Stuffing has been on my mind for the last few days, and I was waiting eagerly to try it out on the first iftar. I’m sure you will love it more than the classic lasagna. I simply love making lasagna because it is easy to make with ingredients usually available in your pantry. Secondly, it can be prepared beforehand and stored in a freezer for later use.

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During Ramazan, this new twist to the classic lasagna will be great addition to your iftar table. Oh, and I love cheese… so yes this dish will require you to jog an extra mile afterwards.

Preparation: Lasagna:

Ingredients

  • Lasagna Strips – one pack

Instructions

  1. Parboil pasta strips in water with a spoonful of oil and salt
  2. Drain pasta strips and rinse with cold water
  3. Space pasta strips separately on a plate to avoid them sticking together

 

Spinach:

Ingredients

  • Spinach Leaves – ½ kg

Instructions

  1. Wash spinach leaves thoroughly and boil for 5 to 8 minutes
  2. Drain water completely and chop spinach leaves finely

 

Chicken Marinate:

Ingredients

  • Chicken (Boneless or Mince) – 2 breast pieces cut into small cubes
  • Salt – ½ teaspoon
  • White Pepper – ¾ teaspoon
  • Worcestershire Sauce – 1 tablespoon
  • Sweet Chili Sauce – 1 tablespoon
  • Lemon Juice – 1 teaspoon
  • Sugar – 1 teaspoon
  • Oil – 1 tablespoon

Instructions

  1. In a wok, fry the chicken pieces in oil
  2. Once chicken changes color, add all the remaining ingredients and give it a good mix
  3. Add a dash of water and simmer well until chicken is tender

 

White Sauce:

Ingredients

  • Butter – 2 tablespoons
  • Flour – 2 tablespoons
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Salt – ¾ teaspoon
  • White Pepper – ¾ teaspoon
  • Oregano – 1 teaspoon

Instructions

  1. In a pan, add butter and let it melt
  2. Add flour to the butter and stir well into the butter. Keep whisking the butter and flour mixture and gradually add milk
  3. Remove from flame at this point to avoid making lumps
  4. Add all the milk and mix well to form a smooth texture
  5. Return to the heat and let the sauce simmer for 5 to 8 minutes until it gets the right consistency
  6. Season with salt, white pepper and oregano

Note:  You can also add cream or cheese to make it richer

Tomato Sauce:

Ingredients

  • Onion – 1, medium size
  • Tomato – 2, large size
  • Garlic – 2 or 3 cloves
  • Green Chilies – 3
  • Salt – ¾ teaspoon
  • Red Chili Powder – ¾ teaspoon
  • Sugar – 1 teaspoon
  • Oregano – 1 teaspoon
  • Oil – 1 tablespoon

Instructions

  1. Blend onions, tomatoes, garlic and green chilies with a dash of water in a blender
  2. In a pan, heat the oil and add the blended puree. Cook for a minute then add salt, sugar, red chili powder and oregano
  3. Let the mixture simmer on a low medium flame to release all the herb flavors
  4. Cook until water dries from the gravy and oil rises to the top
  5. Allow sauce to cool before use

 

Toppings:

  • Mozzarella and Cheddar Cheese (Shredded) – 1 cup

 

 Assembly Line for Lasagna Rolls:

  1. On a clean counter, lay out the lasagna pasta strips and spread a layer of white sauce evenly on them
  2. Then divide the chicken and spinach evenly between all the pasta
  3. Also, add a little tomato sauce between the lasagna strips
  4. Take half the cheese and it sprinkle on top, and then divide the remaining shredded cheese between the lasagna sheets

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5. Gently roll the pasta strips up, careful not to squeeze out the filling or sauce

6. Place the rolls on a baking dish

7. Again, put a spoonful of tomato sauce on top of the rolls, making sure to cover the whole outside surface, especially the spiraled edges, otherwise they will turn hard during baking

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8. At this point, you can add the remaining white sauce if you’d like, or just sprinkle the rest of cheese on top

9. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and golden

10. Garnish with oregano or chopped coriander leaves (which I forgot to do in all the excitement)

11. Bon apetit!

 

Preparation time: 40 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serving: 2

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