Broccoli Rice is very simple and easy to prepare. This is my style of preparing Broccoli rice. This dish can also be prepared with leftover rice or brown rice. Kids and adults will love this simple dish very much. According to the American Cancer Society "Broccoli is considered a good source of nutrients because it is rich in vitamin C, carotenoids (vitamin A-like substances), fiber, calcium, and folate. Broccoli is also a source of many substances called phytochemicals, or plant chemicals, that may have anticancer properties". So why not include it in our diet on a regular basis.Today we will learn how to prepare broccoli rice following this easy recipe.
Wash and soak basmati rice in 2 cups of water for 20 minutes. Cook basmati rice along with the water adding 1 tbsp of fresh lemon juice. Learn how to cook basmati rice. Once cooked fluff it with a fork and keep it aside.
Heat oil, add cloves, cinnamon, cardamon, saute for 2-3 seconds and add finely chopped onions and green chillies.
Saute until onions turn pink and then add ginger garlic paste or finely chopped ginger and garlic (1 inch ginger and 1 tbsp of garlic minced).
Saute for a few more minutes, then add broccoli florets, finely chopped coriander, mint leaves and salt needed. Cover and cook until the broccoli is fork-tender but still crunchy. (Broccoli gets cooked faster, so keep an eye on it. If overcooked, broccoli becomes soft and mushy and looses its nutrients and flavor. The broccoli should retain its crunchiness, so take care not to overcook the broccoli.)
Once the broccoli is slightly cooked, add the cooked rice and mix well. Serve hot with any tomato based gravy or raita.
Note - If preferred, you can add a little pepper powder.
More Broccoli Recipes
Broccoli Stir fry
Low Fat Broccoli Soup
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