Tuesday, 15 June 2010
When I am very young I read about broccoli in English story books. Most children, in the books I read, hate to eat broccoli and their parents made sure they eat broccoli because it is very good for health. I used to wonder how that vegetable would look !! I saw broccoli for the first time after I came to Germany. A green coloured cauliflower !!! I tasted it for the first time in mensa (canteen). In canteen they used to serve a cup of boiled broccoli. To tell the truth I hated it on my first encounter itself. Rajender loves this vegetable (thats very strange !!!). He has read that broccoli has many anti-cancer compounds and I am sure that is the reason for his broccoli love :).
The scientific name of broccoli is Brassica aleracea. It is rich in cancer fighting phytochemicals and anti-oxidants. Broccoli is high in Vitamin C, K and A. It is also a rich source of dietary fiber. It is also shown to have anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.
I hated broccoli until I found this recipe. Whenever I came across broccoli in grocery shop I felt a sense of guilt running deep inside me. The first reason for this is, Rajender loves it and I am not ready to cook it for him and the second reason is, I am avoiding such a nutritious veggie. I was sure that Indian way of cooking cannot make this veggie any better. More and more you cook this veggie, worser it becomes. So I tried to find a non-Indian recipe version for this vegetable (in internet, sorry I do not remember the source) and here it is for you :
Broccoli- 1 no
Lime- 1 no
Seasame- 2 tbspns
Red chilli flakes- 1 tspns
Jeera seeds- 1 tspn
Garlic- 2 cloves
Olive oil- 2 tbspns
Cut broccoli into bite sized pieces as shown in picture. Make thin slices of garlic. Squeeze out the juice from half lime piece. First, steam the broccoli until it is cooked but it should retain its firm texture. The steaming process takes approximately 5-8 minutes. Now heat a pan. Add olive oil. When the oil gets heated add seasame, jeera and sliced garlic. Fry for a few seconds until the seeds splutter and the garlic browns. Add steamed broccoli to this mixture. Simmer the flame and mix everything well. Remove from fire after 3 minutes. Sprinkle lime juice and chilli flakes on it. Add salt to taste. Broccoli stir-fry will be ready to be served.
Taste enhancing tips for this recipe : Make sure you do not over-cook this vegetable. It must be cooked but should retain its firmness. Steaming is the best option because boiling in water leads to the loss of cancer- protective phytochemicals. Try to retain its bright green colour. If you cook it too much it becomes light green in colour and doesn't look or taste appetizing. Follow the exact recipe. This veggie never mingles well with our Indian spices (my personal opinion), so avoid them. Never discard broccoli stem, thats the tastiest part. Happy cooking !!!