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A chronicle of my kitchen experiments, a little healthy a little indulgent

Achari Broccoli

I love broccoli (infact I love all winter veggies) and some time back, I went o Russell market with a goof friend D 🙂 and picked up a real nice one.. fresh and green… crisp and tender. And then began the quest to what to make with it. I normally make broccoli in stir fry veggies or baked but this time I want to try something totally different and hence started browsing the many many cooking books that I own (did I tell you thats my latest obsession BTW) and I decided on a nice looking Achari Broccoli recipe in Nita Mehta’s Diet Recipes.

And it turned out very very very yummy…


  • 250 gm lauki (the recipe asked for kadu and I replaced it with lauki as no one eats kadu aka pumpkin in my house)
  • 150 gm basically a medium sized broccoli cut into florets
  • 1 firm tomato chopped (the recipe asked to remove pulp but I used it didn’t do any harm to the recipe or so do I think 😉 )
  • 1 tsp oil (the recipe asked for 2 tbsp oil gosh tell me how does it become diet recipe with so much oil haan)
  • 2 large onions chopped
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp dhaniya powder
  • 1/2 tsp aamchoor powder
  • salt and chilli powder to taste (the recipe also had a 1/2 tsp of sugar which I gave a complete miss)

For the Achaari Tempering

  • 3/4 tsp nigella seeds (kalonji)
  • 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds (methi dana)
  • 3/4 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 3/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 3/4 tsp fennel (saunf)
  • 2 red chillies broken


  • Boil 1/2 cup of water with 1/2 tsp of salt. Add Broccoli and cook for about 2-3 minutes till crisp tender. Remove from water and keep aside (my tip : dont throw the water away lets use it, it has a lot of nutrients)
  • Collect all the achari ingredients for tempering. Heat the oil in kadhai and add all of them together.
  • After a minute, add the onions and cool till light brown.
  • Add salt, turmeric, dhaniya powder & chilli powder
  • Stir for a few seconds and add the lauki to it .
  • Stir fry for about 2 minutes and add 1/2 cup of water (my tip : use the same water in which u boiled the broccoli there will still be little left and you can use it for making dal, atta… yeah I am mad this way in saving the nutrients from the vegies.. I think a little something we can do to make sure we are getting good stuff in)
  • Cover and cook for about 10 minutes till the lauki is cooked but still holds its shape
  • Sprinkle dry mango powder.
  • Add the broccoli and tomatoes
  • Mix well and cook for about 3-4 minutes
  • Serve hot with phulkas and dal tadka… a yummy and a very healthy meal

PS: I think it would turn out very good with our good old cauliflower too, so if u dont have broccoli handy try it with gobhi 🙂

18 comments on “Achari Broccoli

  1. Swaram
    January 29, 2010

    I luvvvv Broccoli too .. looks yummy … will try this one over the weekend 😀

  2. myamusingmind
    January 29, 2010

    nice and easy ..shd try asap

  3. Pal
    January 29, 2010

    Third!! Wow, looks yummy. Mon, seriously, time for you to get a new Foodie blog.

    • monikamanchanda
      February 13, 2010

      aaah i can’t manage it pal… i am posting it here once a week and for sometime atleast will continue that way

  4. Bharti
    January 29, 2010

    Lovely. Sounds and looks delicious.
    Will give it a try this weekend

  5. Smita
    January 29, 2010

    This sounds & looks yummy!!! Will give it a try!! Thanks for sharing it here 🙂

  6. Indian Homemaker
    January 29, 2010

    Love healthy and tasty recipes!! Thanks!! I am so trying this … and I am like you I too save every drop of nutrition 🙂

  7. choxbox
    January 29, 2010

    sounds yummy monika. shouldn’t have read this just before dinner time!

  8. Solilo
    January 30, 2010

    I don’t like Broccoli but Peanut loves it. See, I am one of those mothers who would discourage her daughter from such greens. Hehehe.. anyways, I make it for her.

  9. Phoenixritu
    January 30, 2010

    Sounds yummy! I love all kinds of gobhi. Must try this

  10. Homecooked
    January 30, 2010

    Looks yum Monika. Bookmarked to try 🙂

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  12. Homecooked
    February 12, 2010

    Tried this Monika and it came out really good 🙂 Thanks. Have posted it on my blog.

  13. Henri
    July 5, 2010

    Hey came here via homecooked! I am a voracious consumer of broccoli. I am making this tomorrow itself. Thanks 🙂

  14. roop
    October 21, 2010

    mon, question!! how is it different than regular gobhi ki sabzi except that we add the khattai (amchoor and tomato)?

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