Broccoli is not something I grew up eating. In fact, don’t remember even seeing this vegetable till few years back (Talk about being desi 😅). In the winter months here in Qatar, which is between November and March, there opens a Mahaseel festival which sells varieties of flowers, indoor/outdoor plants and also fresh vegetables grown in different Qatari local farms. Inspite of the quality of the veggies being so good, the rate is surprisingly very cheap. I found this “pretty green vegetable similar to cauliflower” (exactly what was in my mind 😂) in the festival and could not resist buying it. That started my love for Broccoli and my kids too love it so much now. ❤️
The Mahaseel festival is a treat to the eyes for flower lovers and I want to share a picture which I clicked when we went there in December 2019. Look at the beauties. 😍😍
This reminds me of my favorite song from the movie Silsila, Ye kahaan aa gaye hum.. That song too has been shot in midst of floral heaven. Admire how beautifully it has been picturized and such an eternal love song too. ❤️❤️
For me, merely looking at greenery, lush trees, mountains, fields, flowers, birds chirping, cows grazing, waves of the river, streams of water in a waterfall, early morning dewdrops on leaves, the heavenly aroma of the freshly wet soil in the first rain and so many similar such experiences brings so much unexplainable joy. ❤️ I don’t know about you all, but being with nature makes me feel so alive and refreshes me a lot. If I could, I would love to live atop a mountain, far away from the city, embracing nature in it’s purest form (One among my dreams in life. ❤️)
Among these, there is also the wonderful feel of cooking with freshly plucked vegetables. 😍 Now, since a year, these locally grown vegetables like Broccoli and cucumber are available in our nearby supermarket. It’s a boon since we can’t travel all the way to the Mahaseel festival due to the Covid situation.
My kids love these two ways of Broccoli that I make and they eat it as it is even without rice. Sharing it so that you can try for your family too. Hope you all try and love it too. Happy and healthy cooking! ❤️
For Broccoli stir fry:
2 Cups Broccoli florets
1 tsp Oil
A pinch of Pepper powder
Salt to taste
For Vegetable Paneer Chilly:
1 Cup Broccoli florets
1 Cup diced Carrots
1 Cup Paneer cubes
1/2 a medium sized Capsicum, cubed
1 medium sized Onion, cubed
3 Garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 to 4 Green chillies
2 Tbsp Tomato ketchup
2 tsp Chilli sauce
1 tsp Soya sauce
Pepper powder to taste
Salt to taste
1 tsp Vinegar
Finely chopped coriander leaves
Step by step recipe:
1. For Broccoli stir fry, take bite size broccoli florets in a bowl and wash it well. Drain and keep it ready.
2. Heat oil in a pan and add the broccoli florets. Also add salt and pepper. Fry on high flame for few seconds. Cover and cook on medium flame till the florets turn soft. Sprinkle water only if needed. You are done!
3. For Vegetable Paneer Chilly, take Broccoli florets, diced Carrots and cubed capsicum in a bowl.
4. In a pan, heat oil and fry the green chillies and garlic first. Then add cubed onions and fry till it turns translucent.
5. Now add the veggies along with Paneer and fry for few seconds.
6. Add very little water and cook till the veggies turn soft but don’t overcook them. Now add ketchup, chilli sauce, soya sauce, salt and pepper. Mix well and cook for 5 mins.
7. Remove and add vinegar. Mix well adding coriander leaves.
Serve both the Broccoli stir fry and Vegetable Paneer Chilly with fried rice or any variety rice or meals.
* I usually make easy Schezwan fried rice with this. You can check the recipe here.
* Skip Paneer if you don’t like it. Makes regular vegetable chilly.
* You can make it as a gravy if you want. Just add more ketchup and water. For a thicker gravy, add corn flour mixed in water to the gravy. It will make it very thick. I love this dry version though.
* The broccoli stir fry makes for a great snack for kids. My kids dip it it ketchup and eat by themselves. Great finger food for toddlers as well.