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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Home cooked vegetarian food recipe - Stir-fried Crispy Broccoli

Here is another vegetarian dish that sometimes we prepare for our yoga retreats guests here in Langkawi.

Stir-fried Crispy Broccoli (serves 3-4 people)

I know there are some people don't like to eat Broccoli, just like me in the past, as the way of cooking makes a big difference in the taste and texture of Broccoli. But now I discovered an easy and tasty way of cooking Broccoli that even my husband also loves it, as back at home in Europe, usually Broccoli is prepared by boiling or steaming, and this makes the Broccoli tasteless and soggy which is one of the reasons why some people don't like to eat Broccoli, but it is such a fantastic nutritious vegetable if we know how to cook it.

Here is a simple way to cook it.

2 heads of Broccoli. Rinse well and Cut off the individual branches from the main stalk one by one. Leave out the main stalk. If the branches stem is thicker than our little finger then halve it into two parts. Or else keep the whole branch as one, this will keep the crunchiness after cooking. Keep off any excess water from the Broccoli (this is very important).

About 10 fresh baby sweet corn, halved

1 small red or green chilly, halved and remove seeds

Half of a yellow onion, chopped finely

4-5 cloves of garlic, chopped finely

2-3 slices of peeled ginger, and then shredded thinly

Salt and black pepper to taste

2 tablespoons of Sesame oil

A bit of hot boiling water

A bit of cooking oil

*Do not cover the vegetables, as the vegetables will become soggy.

*The flavor coming from onion, garlic or ginger can be altered as you like. You can just use either onion, or garlic, or ginger on its own, but increase the quantity of it. Or you can mix match onion and garlic. Or garlic and ginger. Or onion and ginger. They give different taste to the vegetables.

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Heat up a wok in medium heat. Add about 2 tablespoons of cooking oil.

When the oil is hot enough, add the chopped onion and stir evenly until soft. If it is too dry, then add a little bit more of cooking oil.

Add ginger for a few seconds, then add garlic and chilly, stir evenly until the garlic turn slightly golden, the onions are browned, then add the baby sweet corn. Add a pinch of salt and stir well for about 30 seconds.

Add Broccoli, quickly stir fry them mixing into the onion, garlic and ginger. Add about 1 heaped teaspoon of salt and half teaspoon of pepper (sprinkle them evenly over the broccoli), stir well. Add about 3-4 tablespoons of hot boiling water just to bring up some hot steam in the wok to cook the Broccoli evenly. Stir for a few seconds, you can see the Broccoli starts to change colour. Switch off the fire. Add in 2 tablespoons of sesame oil, stir well into each Broccoli branch. Add salt if needed. Remove from the wok and put into a bowl or a plate, and serve immediately, so that the Broccoli doesn't continue to cook sitting in the hot wok.

From the moment you put in the Broccoli, salt and pepper, a bit of hot boiling water and sesame oil, it should take less than 3 minutes. It has to be quick and keep stirring, so that the Broccoli cooked evenly and doesn't get over-cooked. It is okay to eat Broccoli even if it is slightly under-cooked. The whole cooking process is less than 10 minutes. So time yourselves. As the vegetable is best to be eaten as soon as it leaves the wok.

It should be crispy and tasty, especially when we cook with love and peace.

Do not worry if it is not salty enough, because we can add salt and pepper afterwards when it is served on the table.

It is very good eating with rice or just by itself as a snack.

I could eat a whole head of stir fried Broccoli each time. Hope you like it too.

Bon Appétit!

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