I used to call it green colored cauliflower, but recently came to know that they belong to cabbage family. May be elder brother ;)
Wikipedia says that broccoli is high in vitamins C, K, and A, as well as dietary fiber. It also contains multiple nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties, such as diindolylmethane and small amounts of selenium. A high intake of broccoli has been found to reduce the risk of aggressive prostate cancer. Broccoli consumption has also been shown to be beneficial in the prevention of heart disease.
Wow so if a small green veggi can prevent us from Cancer and heart disease!! Why not include them in our diet chart. :)
Broccoli - 1 medium sized
Olive oil / Ghee - 1 tblsp
Garlic - 5 pods
White Pepper - for taste
Salt - for taste
Cut the broccoli into florets and cook them in microwave. I prefer microwave for broccoli since it preserves the color better than cooking on stove top.
Peel off the skin from garlic and slice them very thin and keep it aside.
Heat a frying pan or wok over medium heat. Add olive oil / ghee and once it gets heated up, put in the sliced garlic and fry for few mins till they get roasted slightly. (I like them a little crisp). Now add the cooked broccoli and saute for few mins. Finally add salt and white pepper to it.
The flavor of garlic and olive oil gets marinated into the broccoli resulting in a very aromatic stir fry. :) Simple isn't it??!!
You can eat it just like that or serve it with ghee rice.
Enjoy making a healthy stir fry. :)
When buying broccoli look for firm ones with compact clusters of small florets. The buds should be dark green and may have a purplish tint to the edge which does not matter.
If the florets are opened, yellowish-green or enlarged then the broccoli is not fresh. Prefer not to buy them.
Try and buy your broccoli just before you need it. You can store broccoli in the fridge, in an open plastic bag, for up to three days, but the vitamin content will diminish the longer you leave it.
Broccoli can be boiled in a small amount of water on stove top, microwaved with almost no water or steamed on a rack above simmering water, or stir-fried.
Be sure not to overcook broccoli or it will turn too mushy and will develop into a very unappealing shade of green as well.
I am happy to send this post to the Food Palette Green event :)