Saturday, May 23, 2009

Microwave Instant Broccoli Pachadi

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..

1cup Broccoli(chopped finely)
1+1/2tsp Red chilly powder
1/2tsp Mustard seeds + 1tsp Mustard seeds
1tsp Fenugreek seeds
3tbsp Oil
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...


Gita Jaishankar said... Reply To This Comment

Healthy dish Priya...easy to prepare too...thanks for sharing the recipe dear :)

Pooja said... Reply To This Comment

Nice idea priya...Sounds healthy..

Unknown said... Reply To This Comment

Very easy,healthy and tasty dish.

Pooja said... Reply To This Comment

Spicy tangy and healthy dish! Love the combo :)

chef and her kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

Easy n healthy lol..

Valarmathi Sanjeev said... Reply To This Comment

Easy, quick and healthy dish Priya.

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

Broccoli in pachadi...very very new to me..Thanks for sending it in Priya.

Raaga said... Reply To This Comment

this is simple and nice :)

Uma said... Reply To This Comment

this is definitely a healthy idea Priya! Looks so delicious.

Anisheetu said... Reply To This Comment

Thats a nice way of serving brocolli... :)

Unknown said... Reply To This Comment

what an idea priya broccoli pachadi I to have some broccoli in fridge will try this soon looks perfect.

ST said... Reply To This Comment

Simple ,healthy and delicious pachadi...

Nandinis food said... Reply To This Comment

Healthy, tasty and easy pachadi!

Parita said... Reply To This Comment

Wow you sure are genuis :) so simple and quick to prepare :)

Cham said... Reply To This Comment

new recipe with broccoli, good one :)