Sunday, March 29, 2020



Broccoli ( pronounced with the second "o" being silent) is a vegetable which belongs to the same family as cauliflower and cabbage. It has numerous health benefits as described in this article in BBC Good Food.

Elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes which make use of broccoli such as:-
Today's recipe has bell pepper (also popularly known as capsicum) apart from broccoli and is relatively easy to make.

It can be served as a side dish with rotis or rice.


  • Broccoli, 250 grams
  • Bell Pepper/ Capsicum, medium-sized, 1
  • Chickpea Flour (Besan) , 1/3 cup 
  • Large-sized Onion, finely chopped, 1
  • Garlic Pods, peeled and finely chopped, 3-4
  • Green Chilli, ( long variety), chopped, 1
  • Turmeric Powder, 1/4 tsp
  • Chilli Powder, 1 tsp
  • Coriander Powder, 1 tbsp 
  • Cumin Seeds, 1/2 tsp
  • Salt, to taste
  • Oil, 1 to 1 and 1/2 tbsp

Wash the broccoli and break them into small florets
Wash the bell pepper, de-seed and chop it into 1/2 inch cubes
Heat a thick bottomed, non-stick kadhai and dry roast the besan over medium/low flame stirring continuously till it gives off a nice aroma or for about 2-3 minutes. Keep aside
In the same kadhai add oil and on medium heat add the cumin seeds and when they sizzle add the
chopped onion, garlic, green chilli and saute for a couple of minutes till the onion becomes translucent
To this add the chopped bell pepper and sauté for a minute
Add the broccoli florets, salt to taste, mix well and sprinkle a little water
Cook covered on medium heat, stirring from time to time for about 5 minutes or till the bell pepper and broccoli get done
Take care that they do not get overcooked
Now add the turmeric powder, chilli powder and coriander powder
Mix well and cook till the broccoli and bell pepper get well blended with the spice powders
Next add the roasted besan little by little and mix well taking care to see that they don't form lumps
Sprinkle a little water and once again cook partially covered on medium heat till the besan gets cooked and the stir fry becomes dry
Transfer to a serving bowl and serve hot

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