This quick Indian-Style broccoli stir fry (dry subzi) is a yummy way to make a chat-patta, lip-smacking broccoli dish. You can make this dish in less than 15 minutes. You can have it as a stand-alone snack or eat it alongside chapathi or rice.
I used the Costco giant pack of frozen broccoli (4 packets in 1) for this dish. The quality of their frozen broccoli (up until now: Oct 2019) has been fantastic – so green and full florets – unlike some dry, chunky ones you get sometimes in other grocery stores (this is not a paid compliment, just my honest opinion). Plus it saves a ton of time, no cleaning, no chopping required – just pure, frozen green vegetable (the perfect health/diet food full of nutrition). Easy and healthy!!
This recipe is a good alternative to always doing the standard Chinese garlic-chili fry or dousing the broccoli with cheese. This is a healthy alternative that both kids and adults will enjoy.
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Take the frozen broccoli out…
Microwave as per instructions
Prepare your spices
Powder your roasted gram/bhuna chana/pottukadali
Coat cooked broccoli pieces with roasted gram powder and salt…
In a pan first fry green chili, garlic, cumin seeds followed by spices in oil
Toss veggies in, pan roast on one side followed by the other until you reach a crisp coating on the broccoli
When caramelized and delicious, serve hot!!
This recipe is quick, vegan and tasty/spicy way to make a pan-fried broccoli roast. It can be eaten separately as a finger dish dipped in yogurt or as a dry subzi with chapathi or rice.
- 1 lb Frozen (or fresh) Broccoli
- 2 tbsp Oil
- 3-5 cloves garlic chopped
- 2-3 green chilies (I deseeded them)
- 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
- 2-3 pinch Hing
- 1 tsp Kashmiri red chili flakes (these are milder than normal)
- 1/2 tsp amchur
- 1/2 tsp coriander powder
- 1/4 tsp cumin powder
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/2 cup Roasted gram (pottukadalai/ bhuna chana)
- 1/2 tsp Salt
Microwave broccoli for 5 minutes (or follow instructions for hot water blanching). Let it rest for 1 minute.
Chop garlic, green chilies and prep spices. Powder the roasted gram in a coffee blender for a few seconds – you will get a powder. (Some small coarse pieces are ok, you do not have to grind it fine)
In a bowl add cooked broccoli, roasted gram powder, salt and toss well. Set aside.
Set the pan to medium heat, add 2 tbsp of oil. When the oil gets hot, add cumin seeds, garlic, and green chilis and cook it for about 30 seconds.
Add all the spices and roast well for another 30 seconds. Continuously stir the spices, do not let them burn.
Add the roasted gram coated broccoli to the pan and mix well with the spices. Set the heat to medium-low, press down the broccoli with the flat edge of the spatula to the pan and let it sit undisturbed for 2 minutes.
Flip the broccoli pieces over so that the crispy side now faces up. Now let the other side crisp up for 2 minutes.
When the dish looks beautifully brown and well done, then transfer the dish to a serving container.
Sometimes, light dinners (without carbs) are a great way to stay healthy. One of the times I made this dish, I served dinner with this broccoli dish, boiled peanuts, and a banana smoothie. If the kids find the broccoli pieces too spicy, you can give them a side of yogurt to dip the pieces in.
Alternatively, wrap it in a chapathi for a great lunch, lunch box or dinner idea!!
I hope you give this quick broccoli roast (dry subzi) a try. Do post your comments and thoughts below. As always, I look forward to reading them!!
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