Broccoli Chatpata, a Healthy Way to Cook a Tasty Dish

Broccoli is very healthy in terms of nutrition. It has got vitamin C, one of the important vitamins that we require in our day to day nutritious diet. It is rich in fiber and also posses some anti cancer properties. In short it’s very healthy vegetable that’s available in market. I would say no other vegetable comes close to broccoli in terms of nutrition. This plant looks like a cabbage. Cabbage has white flower head instead of green.

May be this the reason, the vegetable”broccoli’ evokes a negative response from almost all the food lovers. At least in my experience…

We tried to grow broccoli in our garden but due to very hot summer, this year we couldn’t succeed. This vegetable does not like hot weather. Best time to grow broccoli is from early fall to late spring.

In spite of the health benefits it provides we are unwilling to give the bland tasting vegetable a chance. I was a broccoli hater too, until I tasted this recipe. My aunty told me about this recipe over the phone and asked me to try it out.. I did it reluctantly and was pleasantly surprised. The bland broccoli is combined with spices and steamed to perfection.

Give it a try… if you love it you will reap all the health benefits it has to offer.

Ingredients

  • Broccoli–1 medium bulb ( washed and cut into medium sized pieces)
  • Garlic–7-8
  • Groundnut powder–2 Tablespoons
  • Red dried chillies –4-5
  • Sea Salt–1/4 teaspoon
  • Cumin seeds–1/4 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder–1/4 teaspoon

Take 7-8 cloves of garlic and few dried red chillies. Grind the garlic and red chillies in a mixer to a fine paste. Take a pan and keep it on medium heat. Add 2 tablespoon of oil in it. Add some cumin and turmeric powder. Now add the Garlic-Chili paste to it. Add the cut broccoli pieces and sauté for some time. Add some sea salt and cover it for a brief time till the broccoli becomes soft but not mushy. Add peanut powder and mix well. Season it will lime juice and enjoy when hot.

Note–Don’t overcook the broccoli as it tends to become mushy. It should take less than 5 minutes for the broccoli to cook. If you like spicy food you can add few spices along with peanut powder. This gives nice taste to this dish. Try it out yourself and let us know if you liked it or not.