I was introduced to Broccoli in a restaurant long back. I had ordered a Mexican dish which came with a side order of Raw Broccoli, so I said to the waiter 'No broccoli' on the side, but when I got my dish I could only see Broccoli on it, then I realized that she might have heard it as "more broccoli instead of no broccoli ". It was the first time I tried to taste it and obviously didn't like it. But I couldn't stop laughing about it :).
After that I really just didn't want to cook with it. Within the last couple of years I realized its very good for health and started to used it little by little with the vegetables curies I make. To my surprise it really tastes good. It was not broccoli I was turned off by, it was the way it was presented (big raw pieces). Now I use them on regular basis, along with its stems (I like the stems).
If you don't like to eat them raw like me, best way to use them are by steaming them or by stir frying them.
Here is the Recipe of stir-fry/dry curry .
- Broccoli - 1 medium head (including steams)
- Onion - 1 medium size
- Small Lentils- 1/2 cup ( i have used split Channa Dal, any quick cooking lentils can be used)
Spices : Red chili Powder - 1tsp ( less or more according to desired spice level)
- Cilantro/coriander leaves - washed and chopped about 2 tbsp
- Lemon/lime juice - 1tsp freshly squeezed
- Coconut - 1tsp grated (optional)
- Toasted sesame seeds - 1tbsp
- Cook lentils with enough water and keep aside.
- Chop onions and broccoli to small bit size pieces. Peel the outer layer of the broccoli stem and chop them as well.
- Heat oil, when hot add mustard seeds when they start to pop add chopped onions and broccoli, cover with lid and cook them till just soft (takes about 7-10 Min's). Add cooked lentils and mix well.
- Now add salt and red chili powder. Switch off and garnish with toasted sesame seeds, cilantro leaves, lime juice and fresh grated coconut. Adjust taste.
One more recipe with Broccoli : Broccoli-Potato cutlets.
This recipe goes to My Legume Love Affair-Seventh Helping hosted by Srivalli, which first started by Susan.