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Warm veg pie on a lazy sunday afternoon

5-Veg Pie-One

Sunday afternoons usually tend to be lazy. Having worked all week long and most of Sunday morning; Sunday afternoons bring in a lull in the house. It also means nobody is in a mood to cook. Everyone is looking forward to having a movie marathon with scrumptious food to keep us company. Home-cooked vegetable pies are the perfect item for the occasion. Easy to cook, hassle-free dish yet tasty, flavoursome and filling; its the perfect recipe for a Sunday lunch.No “jhanjat” of elaborate cooking and extensive cleaning afterwords.Just assemble them and put them in the oven and they’re ready in no time. Filled with vegetables, tangy tomato sauce, crunchy pastry base and loaded with stringy cheese; these pies are the very definition of a laid back Sunday lunch!!

1-Veg Pie-Dough

Kneaded dough

Pastry:

Ingredients
1 cup all purpose flour (maida)
1/8 cup butter
salt to taste

Mix the flour, butter and salt with your finger tips. Do not over knead it, otherwise it shall lose the crumbly nature.
Add ice-cold water to make the dough. The dough will be a little crumbly.
Roll out the dough to about 2mm thickness.
Arrange the dough in ramekins to make small sized pies. Large pie pans can also be used.
Bake in pre-heated oven at 200C for 10 mins.

3-Veg Pie-Gravy

Totamto sauce

Tomato Sauce:
100 ml tomato puree
1 medium finely chopped onion
4 tsp finely chopped garlic
2 tsp oil
tomato ketchup
oregano
black pepper
salt to taste

Heat the oil in a pan. Add onions and garlic. Sauté until the onions change their color.
Add the purée, ketchup and salt. Cook until the sauce thickens
Add the seasoning – black pepper and oregano. Seasoning can vary from person to person.
Let it simmer for a while. Keep aside.
Note: If purée is not available, you can use ripe tomatoes. Blanch the tomatoes, de-seed them and blitz it in a mixer to create a pulp.

2-Veg Pie-Chopped Veggies

Variety of vegetables

Vegetable Pie:
1/4 cup bell peppers
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup capsicum
1/4 cup mushroom
1/4 cup sweet corn
2 tsp finely chopped garlic
1/4 cup Mozzarella cheese
2 tsp oil
seasoning – salt and pepper to taste

Heat the oil in a pan. Add onions and garlic. Sauté until the onions change their color.
Add the chopped vegetables until half cooked.
Add the seasoning and let it rest.

4-Veg Pie-Filled Cup

Ready to be baked

Assembly:
Spread the tomato sauce over the pre-baked pastry.
Arrange the vegetable topping over the sauce.
Add the grated cheese on the top.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200C for 5-8 mins or until the cheese bubbles.

Freshly baked pie over a movie is surely an afternoon delight!!

6-Veg Pie-Two

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