Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Broccoli With Garlic Side Dish (Broccoli Talasaani)

Broccoli Talasaani - an uber cool way of introducing fresh exotic vegetables into the regional diaspora. I got this recipe from my Pacchi. She is very innovative when it comes to cooking and is a great source of inspiration to me. Best part is - its quick to make, takes less than 15 minutes and is very flavourful.

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes

Broccoli (florets) - 2 cups
Black Pepper powder - 1/3 teaspoon
Grated coconut (optional) - 2 tablespoon
Tamarind juice (optional) - 1/2 teaspoon

For Seasoning -
Red Chillies (Byadgi) - 2
Garlic pods - 2
Oil/ Ghee

Wash and chop the Broccoli into tiny mini florets. Heat a deep pan/ vessel with few spoons of oil. Once the oil turns piping hot, season with red chillies and crushed garlic. Saute for couple of minutes. The garlic would be lightly charred with a hint of browning. Add the florets now and give a good toss. Season with salt and black Pepper. Add tamarind paste if desired. Gently stir and cover with a lid, cook for few minutes. Turn off the flame and garnish with grated coconut.

Notes - Broccoli cooks very fast. Keep a watchful eye. One can also mix in Potatoes along with Broccoli for more volume and quantity. Both the vegetables blend well. Do not overcook the vegetables as the vital nutrients get destroyed.

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