Achari Broccoli

Achari Broccoli

I love broccoli (infact I love all winter veggies) and some time back, I went o Russell market with a goof friend D :) and picked up a real nice one.. fresh and green... crisp and tender. And then began the quest to what to make with it. I normally make broccoli in stir fry veggies or baked but this time I want to try something totally different and hence started browsing the many many cooking books that I own (did I tell you thats my latest obsession BTW) and I decided on a nice looking Achari Broccoli recipe in Nita Mehta's Diet Recipes.

And it turned out very very very yummy..

Achari Broccoli
Achari BroccoliI love broccoli (infact I love all winter veggies) and some time back, I went o Russell market with a goof friend D :) and picked up a real nice one.. fresh and green... crisp and tender. And then began the quest to what to make with it. I normally make broccoli in stir fry veggies or baked but this...

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    Ingredients

    Lauki (the recipe asked for kadu)
    250 gm
    Basically a medium sized broccoli cut into florets
    150 gm
    Firm tomato chopped (the recipe asked to remove pulp )
    1
    Oil (the recipe asked for 2 tbsp )
    1 tsp
    Large onions chopped
    2
    Turmeric
    1/4 tsp
    Dhaniya powder
    1 tsp
    Aamchoor powder
    1/2 tsp
    Salt and chilli powder
    to taste
    For the Achaari Tempering
    Nigella seeds (kalonji)
    3/4 tsp
    Fenugreek seeds (methi dana)
    1/4 tsp
    Cumin seeds (jeera)
    3/4 tsp
    Mustard seeds
    3/4 tsp
    Fennel (saunf)
    3/4 tsp
    Red chillies broken
    2

    Steps

    1. Boil 1/2 cup of water with 1/2 tsp of salt. Add Broccoli and cook for about 2-3 minutes till crisp tender. Remove from water and keep aside (my tip : dont throw the water away lets use it, it has a lot of nutrients)
    2. Collect all the achari ingredients for tempering. Heat the oil in kadhai and add all of them together.
    3. After a minute, add the onions and cool till light brown.
    4. Add salt, turmeric, dhaniya powder & chilli powder.
    5. Stir for a few seconds and add the lauki to it.
    6. Stir fry for about 2 minutes and add 1/2 cup of water (my tip : use the same water in which u boiled the broccoli there will still be little left and you can use it for making dal, atta... yeah I am mad this way in saving the nutrients from the vegies.. I think a little something we can do to make sure we are getting good stuff in)
    7. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes till the lauki is cooked but still holds its shape.
    8. Sprinkle dry mango powder.
    9. Add the broccoli and tomatoes.
    10. Mix well and cook for about 3-4 minutes.
    11. Serve hot with phulkas and dal tadka... a yummy and a very healthy meal.

    PS: I think it would turn out very good with our good old cauliflower too, so if u dont have broccoli handy try it with gobhi :)

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