Friday, December 3, 2010
Simple Broccoli Rice
Ever since I knew about the extremely good quality of this vegetable, this has a become star vegetable in our home. There are times when I use only a few vegetables in the market and ignored the remaining completely. That too when It comes to broccoli I never turned to that. Now I just look for broccoli in the shop and try to include this almost in our everyday meal.
Broccoli is packed with nutrients than any other vegetable. It's high in vitamin C, A, D and also many other health benefits in broccoli. Broccoli can also be given as a calcium substitute. Broccoli is also known for it's cancer fighting abilities, it also reduces the cholesterol level in your body. What else a vegetable need other than this. Read more about broccoli from the link here.
This is a very simple recipe with broccoli which can be made in minutes as a quick lunch box treat or even a easy lunch at home.
Tips to cook broccoli:
Whenever you cook broccoli do not over cook it. If it's over cooked and becomes mushy, it not only loses it's flavours, it also loses it's nutrients. Either steam your broccoli or stir fry for 3 minutes on medium heat. You can use in your soups, dosa batter, pancake, hummus, omelet, idli batter, paniyaram etc....
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Basmathi rice or Brown Rice- 2 cups
Broccoli florets- 1 cup
Ginger garlic paste- 2 tsp
Onion- 1 chopped medium sized
Cinnamon stick- 1/2 inch
Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
Garam masala- 1 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Coriander leaves- 1/2 tbsp chopped finely
Oil- 1/2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Wash the broccoli florets well and immerse them in hot water for 2 minutes. Remove from the water and wash immediately with cold water. Heat oil in a pan, add cinnamon and cumin seeds. Then add ginger garlic paste, onion and fry well till the onion becomes lightly brown in colour. Add turmeric and garam masala, mix it well. Finally add the broccoli and stir well for 1 minute. Switch off the flame.
Add the washed rice, broccoli mixture, salt in a cooker and cook till the rice is done. Finally add the chopped coriander leaves.
Serve the rice warm with any veg or non veg curries.
This recipe goes to my own event Eat Well Live Well- Heart Friendly recipes, Only Green event hosted by Sara's Corner originally started by Pari of Foodelicious.