Thursday, 9 June 2011

Broccoli with roasted sesame seeds (Till seeds)

Broccoli is an important calcium source for those who don't consume dairy products. Calcium does more than build strong bones. Research shows that this mineral may play a role in the control of high blood pressure, and it may work to prevent colon cancer. Broccoli is a fiber find.

Broccoli is considered as one of the most nutritive and delicious vegetables. It is highly recommended for vitamin C, and it is also believed that broccoli helps in preventing cancer depending on the way it is cooked. Beta-carotene and vitamin C are important antioxidants that have been linked to a reduced risk of numerous conditions, including cataracts, heart disease, and several cancers.

If broccoli is not cooked in a right manner, it may get overcooked and loose most of its nutrients in the process.

Broccoli – About 300 gms
Roasted Sesame seeds – 1 tsp
Lemon juice
Pepper powder (optional)

Radhakrishna with Broccoli
To start cooking, peel off the thick skin from the stem and cut the stalks. Chop the broccoli into small florets. Heat a saucepan with 1 tsp of butter. Once the butter is melted, add the florets, sprinkle little bit of salt and cover the saucepan with a lid. Reduce the heat to medium, and self steam the broccoli for about 4-6 minutes by tossing in between. If necessary sprinkle some water. Then check whether you can pierce the broccoli florets easily or not. As soon as the broccoli is tender and you are able to pierce the florets, sprinkle the roasted sesame seeds and remove the pan from heat as there is the risk of overcooking.

Steamed broccoli with sesame seeds

This can be served as a snack for kids.

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