Monday, January 21, 2008

Broccoli in Garlic Sauce

I am always on the lookout for recipes which require me to spend no more than 20-30 minutes in the kitchen, slogging over the stove.
Ever since I saw
this post of Rajitha’s, I have had her garlic sauce on my mind. I have no idea how garlic came to be an indispensable ingredient in my kitchen because I do not remember my mom ever using it to the extent that I do, and it certainly has not been a part of our cuisine traditionally. But I love my garlic!

I pack of frozen broccoli florets, thawed
1 head of garlic, cloves chopped finely
1 Tbsp sesame oil
½ tsp red chilli flakes
4 tsp hot chilli- garlic sauce
3 Tbsp soy sauce
6-8 Tbsp hot and sweet ketchup
2 tsp rice flour dissolved in water
Spring onions/scallions for garnishing
Salt to taste.

Heat the oil in a large pan.

Sauté the garlic and then add the red chilli flakes, chilli-garlic paste, soya sauce and ketchup. Cook for 2 minutes or so.

Add the thawed broccoli florets along with a cup of water. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes.

Add the rice flour dissolved in water to the pan and continue to cook until the mixture thickens. Depending on the consistency needed, add required amounts of water.

Garnish with scallions. Serve hot with fried rice.

Thanks for the fabulous recipe, Rajitha. I will try it with tofu the next time. :-)

This goes to
Sunita for her monthly spice event. The spice of the month is garlic.

36 Burps:

Shankari said...

I am always on the look out for recipes with brocolli in it. This is a spicy soup and will be a super hit in my house for sure

TBC said...

Shankari- this was not meant to be a soup:-(
Hey, I have other broccoli recipes too on my fact, I have one for a broccoli soup. ;-)

Laavanya said...

2 posts in 3 days.. :) Back on track are you? I had guests at home so didn't even come close to my laptop until now. Beautiful dish indeed.. love the picture and I made this recipe of Rajitha's too (on Sat.) with Tofu - loved it! Great idea to use broccoli.

Namratha said...

Hmm now that's a good looking dish, love anything with garlic in it :) Fab pic TBC!

Hima said...

The picture is so tempting tbc.

sunita said...

tbc, garlic and broccoli are two of my I'm sure to love this dish...thanks for sending it over.

Rajitha said... looks great..i will make it with brocolli the next time..and i hear you on the mom's head reels at the amount i use..esp. when we never used garlic and used onions once a week!!

Padma said...

TBC, loved the picture and I can omagine the garlic flavor filling ur kitchen.... thanks for this wonderful recipe

Padma said...

TBC, loved the picture and I can omagine the garlic flavor filling ur kitchen.... thanks for this wonderful recipe

Rachel said...

that looks yummy but I would substitute the broccoli with something else..the sauce looks rich and creamy

Cris said...

Hello... Winter has been a source of inspiration for your cooking, lovely! Your last recipes are so good, I have to wait until the winter to try them out, well, except for the smoothie, which I think sounds great, because it uses tofu...

Richa said...

1 head of garlic - yoohoo :)

Seema said...

Great one TBC.. Lovely dish, looks heavenly.. amazing photo!

musical said...

This must be having a rocking taste! Gotta' try it sometime!

Mona said...

Hmmm, looks perfect for a wintery day. Am gonna try it, I love garlic too :-)

Vanamala said...

TBC , looks delicious..beautiful pic.

Priya said...

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Priya said...

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Cynthia said...

I like this version of broccoli in garlic sauce.

Sia said...

tbc, that has to be one of the most tempting pics i have seen:) it looks delicious. perfect with chinese fried rice i guess:)

vimmi said...

Great recipe for the cold weather. would taste great with fried rice, wouldnt it. Lovely photo too

Mythreyee said...

Fabulous dish!

Seena said...

lovely dish, looks like great with fried rice..

bee said...

looks lovely. but 20-30 minutes? that's too much. :D

bhags said...

I hate brocolli....but your pic made me say, oh i want to have that broclli right now...:P

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Ooooh, yes - yum! Can't go too far wrong with broccoli and garlic in my book, but this looks delicious!

Dhivya said...

hey nice recipe using husband likes broccoli but i dont know any dishes made from this one..want to try

TBC said...

Laavanya- yeah , it was good while it lasted!;-)
I have been wanting to make something similar to the dish we used to get from our regular Chinese take-out place in Buffalo. This is good but nothing like the original.
Thanks for the compliment. How did you like it with tofu? Waiting to see your version.:)

Namratha- I do too! and thank you.:)

Hima- thanks.:)

Sunita- I like garlic, not too fond of broccoli but this is one combo I love.:)

Rajitha- it is odd indeed! Garlic and onions were traditionally a no-no for us. But these days sab chalta hain! ;-)

Padma- thank you.:)

Rachel- I'm not a broccoli fan either but this is one dish I love. :-)

Cris- you're back! Long time, no see?
I never realized that I had been cooking with a lot of winter veggies!
The tofu smoothie was delicious... do ty it.:-)

Richa- this recipe needs it. It was
finger-licking good!:-)

Seema- thank you:-)

Musical- where art thou???

Mona- Do let me know if you try it out:-)

Vanamala- thanks:-)

Priya- You have some fabulous recipes yourself! And thnaks for adding me:-)

Cynthia- u like it enough to try it out? ;-)

Sia- thanks girl! for the compliment here and for the technical support;-) Thanks to you, I did a back-up after much debating, finally hit the import button on Wordpress!

Vimmi- yes, that would be perfect.:-)

Mythreyee- thanks:-)

Seena- thank you.:-)Now I have to make fried rice too!? :-(

Bee- thank you.
I know! I thought so too! But a "dutiful" wife should spend at least that much time in the kitchen, right?;-)
Besides, not all of us are clever enough to come up with those 3-minute recipes. ;-)

Bhags- what are you waiting for then? ;-)

Aforkfulofspaghetti- thanks for stopping by. I'm off to check your space now. :)

Dhivya- try this one out...I'm sure you'll like it too.:-)

Raaga said...

I'm bookmarking this... have some 5 broccoli heads at home... they'll wait for me to get back... and then with some fried rice... this will be just great.

TBC said...

Raaga- let me know how you like it if you do try making it. It would be great with fried rice:-)

AnuSriram said...

Broccoli is my favourite ... Trying new recipes with it... yours looks delicious.. will try it soon..

Shella said...

Brocolli is never been my thing.... but your recipe looks really inviting, I am sure to give it a try.

Kribha said...

I'm a garlic lover too. My! your sauce looks so good. I'm sure it will be a great side dish for fried rice. I'll surely try it.

TBC said...

Anusriram- thank you:-)

Shella- Do let me know what you think.

Kribha- thanks:-)It was Rajitha's sauce. I borrowed it for my dish;-)

Anonymous said...

I tried this recipe and loved it.
Thank you for posting this.


TBC said...

Hi Raven,
I'm glad u liked it, and thanks for letting me know!

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