Basic White Sauce Recipe ~ Step By Step Recipe!

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Imagine you decide to convert yourself into Vegetarians and that’s then the world decides to create all those delectable cakes, burgers and what not!

I tell you even in India being a pure Vegetarian is tough. I meant sometimes it becomes very difficult to get pure Veg dishes even here when you happen to be eating out in a non veg hotel, and you are never sure! And then there are these tempting dishes that come being made with eggs like Burgers Pizzas etc!

I emphasis on pure because Dad says that there can’t be a status of pure vegetarianism, it’s either you are or you are not! I remind him gently that some include eggs in vegetarian diet. And this has caused me being ever precarious to check the labels or ask couple of times to confirm if the dish offered contains eggs in disguise or not.

Some of my friends who are vegetarians eat cakes and other dishes that has eggs in them. When I ask they say it is fine with them since they don’t see the egg. But for the bane of me, I haven’t been able to accept that. So result is I have never tasted those sinful desserts. 

Necessity is the mother of creation, somebody said right! I finally resorted to finding out ways to taste those temptations. Since I don’t know how that original dish should taste, I conclude that whatever I created substituting the eggs, are the best created dishes! Talk about inflated egos

Thanks to all those wonderful people who enjoy my creations and ascertain that these resemble the original in taste and look!

Coming to the recipe for today, I know many of you must be making this White sauce regularly. This was one of those first recipes I started making trying to replace egg based recipes. Works so very well all the time.

I use this for Burgers, Pastas. Previously I used to make this and store.

Basic Recipe for White Sauce:

All purpose flour / Maida – 1 cup
Milk – 3 cups
Butter 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Pepper powder – 1 tsp

Method to prepare:

Mix the flour with milk, add salt and pepper. The mix should be watery and without lumps.

Melt butter in a non stick pan. Slowly add this flour mix and whisk briskly to ensure the liquid doesn’t get solidified.

Keep stirring till the sauce reaches a bit thickness. It should not become very thick as the sauce tends to become very thick once it is cooled. 

At times the sauce tends to clog, you can whisk with a masher, to get a smooth paste.

When the sauce starts boiling remove, and allow it to cool before storing it in a bowl.

Notes: As I was busy with the camera, I almost allowed the liquid to get settled. Because of that I ended up getting lumps in the sauce.

Once it cooled down, I pulsed it couple of times to get a smooth thick sauce.
I only added salt and pepper, but you can add as many other spices you want.

It really gave such a wonderful taste to the burgers!

Check for the Vegetarian Burger Step by Step Recipe, Indian Style at Beyond Curries, which happens to be the 100th post!!!

Basic White Sauce Recipe ~ Step By Step Recipe!

Author Srivalli
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  1. Valli, why do you say it is difficult to be a pure vegetarian in India? Indian cuisine is predominantly veg-friendly and nowhere else do you get to see such a wide variety of vegetarian dishes.

  2. Thank you Rachel, Rachana

    Jayashree, I meant when we eat in Non Veg hotels we are never sure of it. But then we have many Veg hotels, unfortunately we don't visit them often. Maybe I will change it to mean what I meant..thanks for pointing it out. I was thinking differently of course!..:))..

  3. We have a saying here: "Anything tastes good in a white sauce"… 🙂

    Do you want some tips from the white-sauce pro? (I used to make these constantly)

  4. True white sauce is something i make here regularly especially for making sauces for fishes etc……..
    Next time try adding a bit of grated nutmeg, it will give a nice taste too.
    Agree with the shrort about the revrse bechemel sauce.

  5. Srivalli, I love this sauce!!!

    In Indian hotels there in Chennai what is this sauce served with? How does one eat it?

    Here in US, this sauce can be served for breakfast with egg/and biscuit. I like to pour this sauce (Gravy) on the biscuit (bread, not tea cookie!). In Restaurants here, this sauce often has meat (pork) in it, rather than egg, so I have to make it at home.

  6. Agree with you regd getting veg food in a non-veg hotel. Have had a bad experience since we were not sure if they gave us veg inspite of specific about it. When confirmed, it was indeed mixed up.

  7. As you are on a restricted diet…I'd like to suggest you to replace maida and butter( both Big No…No) with whole wheat flour and refind oil…..It won't effect the taste much.

  8. Thanks friends!

    Finla, will surely try that way..I normally make by roasting the flour in butter first, but this time to save the work of getting lumpless mix, I did this. But then this may not be the authentic way of making White sauce, this is something I have come to make to adapt my taste..:)

    Jennifer, I am not sure if this sauce gets served just as such in hotels here. maybe in multicuisine restauarant it is served. Mostly I see it being served with fish fries etc. but then that may have egg in it, I am not sure. Like your suggestion..will try it sometime..

    sahiti, thanks for the suggestion. As I said I made this for my I felt it was ok with that..:))

  9. srivalli,

    Interesting recipe, Like to try it

    One more thing, dont answer if u dont want to, How come u prepare so amny yummy Non veg dishes and yourself became vegetarian , what made u to be vegetarian, dont u feel like eating when u cook, i mean NV dishes?

  10. Hello Mamatha, sorry for the late reply..thought I did..

    Thank you for your thoughts, I became vegetarian when I was about 16 or so. Basically I was never a meat person so converting was easy. Only I missed eggs for a it is not a problem and I don't miss any of it. No I have never felt the want to eat, not even fish which was my favorite when I was eating.

    These days cooking non veg almost feels like any other vegetable only those that I don't eat..heheh..

  11. Great easy recipe. Just made it with my 17 yr old daughter to go in her vegetarian lasagna. Another cheap idea for her to take to University in September. Well chuffed. 😀

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