Throughout the year, broccoli is one of the easiest foods to locate as most supermarkets supply this nutrient rich vegetable..I still remember i came across this veggie for the first time once i went to farmer's market, i tried out a simple side dish with broccoli but none at home liked it, i completely trashed that simple dish..but once googling i came across that broccoli's health benefits and i was completely amazed to read about this green vegetable...Yes, Broccoli provides a high amount of vitamins C, they are rich in antioxydants, folic acids,potassium etc...When preparing this vegetable, its important to remember that overcooking broccoli equals a reduction in vital nutrients..
To savor every last drop of vitamins and healthy components, you should try steaming, microwaving, or preparing broccoli in a tasty stir-fry. Next time when you shopping for vegetables, note that some broccoli tops appear purplier than others, meaning they possess a higher level of carotenoids, which is better for your health. I bought fresh broccoli two day back, i dont want to loss any nutrient value of this fabulous vegetable, i tried out simply as spicy, tangy pachadi with broccoli in microwave oven..they tastes too hot and a prefect pair for sambhar rice, curd rice etc..Here is a simple instant version of spicy, crunchy broccoli pachadi...This broccoli pachadi goes to MEC-Essential Extras guest hosted by Rachel of Tangerine's Kitchen, event started by Srivalli..
1+1/2tsp Red chilly powder
1/2tsp Mustard seeds + 1tsp Mustard seeds
1tsp Fenugreek seeds
2tbsp Lemon juice
Cook the finely chopped broccoli florets in a microwave safe bowl for 5 minutes with enough salt in high..take out the bowl and strain the water from the cooked broccoli florets..take a 1tsp mustard seeds with fenugreek seeds in a microwave plate and heat in microwave oven for 2 minutes, stir inbetween until it tuns slightly brown, grind this fried mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds as fine powder...
Heat the oil in a microwave bowl for a minute and add the 1/2tsp of mustard seeds and cook for 2 minutes, now add the already cooked broccoli florets, red chilly powder,1tsp of grounded mustard-fenugreek powder to the bowl and cook again for 3 more minutes...toss the spiced broccoli florets with lemon juice and salt, keep aside...
Serve as side dish to rice dishes, rotis etc!!!..On the way to Sowmya's SWC-Cooking with Greens...