Friday, August 3, 2007

Broccoli Stir Fry

This was one vegetable I never used to pick up in a grocery store. It looks like a small tree(as my son Josh describes it) and absolutely tasteless. But the nutritional value of high fibre and the Vitamin C it has would always made me feel guilty that I'm missing good health by giving importance to taste.
Finally one day I got to try this vegie, in a restaurant, just a stir fried. It did'nt taste bad at all. Rather it tasted good.
So the next time I did grocery shopping I added this in my list, and ever since this is a part of my list every time.

Broccoli falls into those cruciferous vegetables that have made news with reducing the incidence of breast cancer. As a high fibre diet also helps eliminate negative estrogen which leads to a proliferation of abnormal cell growth in the breast tissue.

Some other supplements popular for maintaining heatlhy breasts are indol-3 and carbinol (13C) and DIM. These products are made from an extract in broccoli. It aids the liver in detoxifying harmful chemicals and estrogen.

This stir fry is as simple as it can be and requires only 1-2-3 ingredients.

Ingredients :

Broccoli - 1
Butter/Magarine : - 2 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Black Pepper : 1/4 tsp (Optional)
Soya Sauce : 1 tbsp (Optional)



1. Heat up a non-stick pan, add butter.
2. Add the cut/washed brocolli florets after the butter melts.
3. Add salt and give it a nice mix, to coat all the florets with butter and salt.
4.Stir fry for 4-5 minutes.
5. Add the optional ingredients if desired and stir fry for a minute or two.
6. Remove from heat when the florets are still crispy.

Vegetables Carrot, Beans Cabbage and this one taste best when the stir fry is crispy.


Goes well with any accompaning meat dish.


Kay said...

I used to think broccoli sucked, too... esp. after I made 'sambar' of all things with broccoli. After tasting it in a thai curry, I realized that it has to be just saute-ed and not cooked till death.. Then, yes, broccoli became a regular on our table too.

Laavanya said...

Hi Rina... try roasting broccoli florets in a 425F oven after tossing it with some olive oil, salt and pepper. It will turn crispy and taste almost like it has been fried. My husband who normally hates broccoli can eat mounds of this!

Rina said...

Thanks Laavanya, for the alternative. I shall try it the next time.