Vegan Broccoli Stir Fry With Lemon And Ginger Julienne

Broccoli stir fry with lemon and ginger julienne.
An easy to make and delicious broccoli made with onion, garlic, chilli, cherry tomatoes, corn kernels and ginger julienne.
Corn kernels are optional. I have added them to bring some colour in the dish. Cherry tomatoes, corn kernels and broccoli makes the dish colourful and delicious.

This week we bloghop members discussed a lot about pegan diet. Now what is pegan diet?
The pegan diet is a style of eating inspired by two of the most popular diet trends — paleo and vegan.
According to its creator, Dr. Mark Hyman, the pegan diet promotes optimal health by reducing inflammation and balancing blood sugar. However, some components of this diet remain controversial.
The pegan diet combines key principles from paleo and vegan diets based on the notion that nutrient-dense, whole foods can reduce inflammation, balance blood sugar, and support optimal health.
Major emphasis is placed on vegetables and fruit, but intake of small to moderate amounts of meat, certain fish, nuts, seeds, and some legumes is also allowed.
Heavily processed sugars, oils, and grains are discouraged — but still acceptable in very small amounts.
Because the pegan diet emphasizes nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats, it may help prevent disease, promote heart health, and reduce inflammation.
To read more about Pegan diet click here.

Why we are talking about pegan diet? Well this week for 184 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #pegandiet suggested by Veena Krishna Kumar who blog at Veenasvegnation.  Visit her blog for many delicious recipes.

Thanks to Veena for introducing me to this pegan diet. Quite interesting and healthy.
Made this easy and delicious broccoli stir fry but I have a little doubt about corn kernels. I have used and don’t know whether it is allowed or not. But our group member Sujata Shukla
said that I can use it but not more than 1/2 cup. And I also Google searched and found yes its allowed.

The good news is, you don’t need any special recipes to eat a Paleo-vegan Diet. Each day, just aim for:
5 or more servings of nonstarchy vegetables and fruit4 servings of whole grains or healthy starch (such as 1/2 cup of potatoes, brown rice, corn, oatmeal or whole-grain pasta)3 servings of healthy fat (such as 1 Tbs. of olive oil, 1 oz. of nuts/seeds or 1/4 avocado)2 servings of plant-based protein (such as 1/2 cup of beans or tofu)1 small serving of animal protein (such as 3 oz. of fish, chicken or beef)1 optional serving of dairy substitute.
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You may like one more broccoli recipe on this blog.
Broccoli with egg and tomato

Recipe is very simple and you need very less ingredients to make it. I have used small onions but if you have shallots use them whole or half.

Recipe

Broccoli – 1

Small onions – 5, cubed

Garlic – 2 – 3 cloves, minced

Ginger julienne – 1 tablespoon

Green chilli – 1 – 2, chopped

Corn kernels – 1/2 cup, boiled

Cherry tomatoes – 1/2 cup

Black pepper powder to taste

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon

Lemon zest – 1/4 teaspoon

Olive or avocado oil – 2 tablespoon

Method

1. Wash the broccoli well under running water.
Cut the broccoli into small florets.

2. Chop the stems into thin slices. If stems are too thick peel and remove the outer layer before slicing.

3. Heat 4 cup water in a pan. Add 1 teaspoon salt. When the water starts to rolling boil add chopped broccoli and sliced stems.

4. Keep a bowl of water with some ice cubes handy.

5. Boil for 4 minutes or till the broccoli becomes fork tender. Don’t make it mushy.

6. Remove the broccoli florets with a slotted spatula and dip into the ice cold water immediately to stop further cooking and retain the colour.

7. Heat olive oil in a pan. Add minced garlic, green chilli and ginger julienne. Fry till the garlic and ginger julienne starts to change it’s colour.

8. Add the onions. You can use whole or half shallots if you have. Saute for 2 minutes.

9. Add broccoli, boiled corn kernels and cherry tomatoes.

10. Add salt, black pepper powder and cumin powder. Mix well.

12. Saute till the tomatoes becomes little soft but not mushy.

13. Add lemon zest and lemon juice. Mix well and remove from heat. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

14. Garnish with ginger julienne.
Serve with any bread.

Notes

1. You can use more chopped or slit green chilli if you want it spicy.

2. Corn kernels are optional, you can skip it if you want.

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Sukto / Bengali Mixed Vegetables

Sukto
Sukto or shuktoni is a Bengali traditional dish.
Mixed vegetables with less spices. Its taste mildly bitter and lightly sweet. In Bengali platter traditionally people start eating with a bitter dish, then main course in lunch. And the last course is sweet. Elderly people say that if you start your meal with a bitter dish then you feel other dishes more tasty 😀

 

Usually bitter gourd is used in sukto. But I heard from my mom that if it is preparing for marriage or any such auspicious occasion bitter gourd shouldn’t be used in it. That called misti sukto or sweet sukto. All the ingredients are same but it will be without bitter gourd.

Generally sukto is served with steamed rice.
Never thought of sharing sukto recipe on my blog. Because I thought its a very common recipe in Bengali household. But recently I was browsing through some Bengali traditional recipes. And noticed that every sukto recipe is different. So decided to share my both mother’s recipe. Yes my mother and mother in law both used to follow same recipe.

In Bengal radhuni is must in sukto. According to Wikipedia radhuni is known as wild celery in English. And known as ajmod in Hindi.

 

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In Bengal radhuni in used in panch phoran or five spices mix. Panch phoran consists of fenugreek seeds or methi, Nigella seed or kalaunji, cumin seed or jeera, mustard seed or sarso and fennel seed or sounf.
But outside Bengal its not available so we (প্রবাসী বাঙালি) don’t use it.
But this time I have a packet of radhuni which I have bought from Kolkata. So I have used it. If you don’t have radhuni you can omit it. I have used whatever vegetables I have. You can use any vegetables of your choice like drumstick, raw papaya, sweet potato etc.
I like very mild bitter taste in sukto so used only 1/4 of bitter gourd but if you like you can use 1 small bitter gourd.

Recipe

Potato – 2

Raw banana – 2

Flat beans – 4 – 5

Radish or muli – 1 small

Eggplant or aubergine – 1 small

Bitter gourd or karela – 1/4

Mustard oil – 3 – 4 tablespoon

Panch phoran ( mixture of fenugreek, nigella, mustard, cumin and fennel seeds) – 2 teaspoon

Salt and sugar to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Aniseed or sounf – 1 tablespoon

Poppy seeds – 2 tablespoon

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Mustard powder – 2 teaspoon

Bari or dried lentil dumplings – 1/4 cup

Radhuni – 1/4 teaspoon

Flour or atta – 1 tablespoon

Milk – 1/2 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Soak mustard powder in 2 tablespoon water, mix and keep aside.

2. Soak aniseed or sounf in water.

3. Soak poppy seeds in hot water for 15 – 20 minutes.

4. Peel and chop the potatoes and raw banana lengthwise.

5. Chop the radish, flat beans and eggplant or aubergine lengthwise.

6. Cut the bitter gourd in thin round pieces.

 

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7. Wash and drain all the vegetables.
Keep the bitter gourd aside.

8. Grind the poppy seeds, aniseed and ginger with the help of little water. Make a smooth paste.

9. Dry roast 1 teaspoon panch phoran and grind. I have used my mortal pestle to make powder of these roasted spices.

9. Heat oil in a pan. Fry all the vegetables separately.

10. Fry the bari or dried lentil dumplings.

11. At last fry the bitter gourd pieces and keep aside.

12. Add 1 teaspoon Pancho phoran,1/4 teaspoon radhuni and bay leaf in hot oil. Let the panch phoran splutter.

13. Add all the fried vegetables except bitter gourd.
Add poppy seeds, aniseed and ginger paste. Saute till it dried up.

14. Add salt, sugar, turmeric powder and soaked mustard powder.
Mix well.

15. Saute for 1 – 2 minutes. Add water and cover. Cook till the vegetables become tender.

16. Mix flour in milk. Mix well to make it lump free.

17. Add dried lentil dumplings and flour milk mixture. Mix well and cook till you get your desired consistency.

18. At last add fried bitter gourd pieces and 1 teaspoon ghee or clarified butter.

19. Taste and adjust the salt if require.
Remove from heat. Add roasted and powdered panch phoran and mix.

20. Your sukto is ready to serve.
Serve with hot steamed rice.

Notes

1. You can use any vegetables of your choice like drumstick, raw papaya, sweet potato etc.

2. If you don’t have radhuni you can omit it.

3. If you want to make it in less oil fry the bitter gourd pieces first. And then saute all the vegetables altogether. But traditionally vegetables should be fried separately.

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Zan 

After Awadhi cuisine now sharing a dish from Arunachal Pradesh.

Zan 

 A thick porridge from Arunachal Pradesh.

Arunachal Pradesh, also called “the land of rising sun”,or orchid state of india,down-lit of mountain, lies in northeast India. The state is the largest of the North-Eastern states.

This is kind of a porridge or thick broth made with vegetables and it is both healthy and delicious. This is what usually Monpa farmers eat before going to fields. You will need flour, chopped vegetables, water, salt and butter. You may take diverse vegetables like cabbage, peas, chopped carrots or even broccoli.

At first, you need to roast the wheat flour in butter till it becomes light brown. Add some water to it and stir and simmer. After some time, add the blanched veggies and stir cook them in broth for a while. This can be served hot with fermented soybeans.

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This month my partner is Aruna Panangipally who blog at http://aahaaramonline.com/

Aruna gave me two ingredients millet flour and greens. I have used finger millet or ragi. A low fat and calcium, iron, protein, fiber and mineral rich gluten free flour which is easy to digest.  Thanks Aruna for these delicious and healthy ingredients. Everyone loved the dish. A perfect dish for winter. A very easy and simple yet delicious and healthy dish. 

Recipe


Ragi or finger millet flour – 2 tablespoon

Spinach – 1 cup, cleaned, washed and finely chopped

Cauliflower – 1/2 cup, chopped

Green peas – 1/2 cup, boiled or frozen

Tomato – 1 medium, chopped

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Ghee/clarified butter or butter or oil – 1 tablespoon

Little oil to saute the vegetables

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Herbs of your choice

Method


Heat little oil in a nonstick pan. Add all the vegetables. Cook on low flame. Stir occasionally. Cook till the vegetables becomes tender.

Remove from heat and keep aside.

Heat ghee/clarified butter or butter in a pan. Add finger millet flour or ragi atta.

Fry till you get nice roasted fragrance.

Dissolve the roasted flour in little water. Stir well and make it lump free.

Add 1 cup water and mix well. Let it boil.

Add all the sauted vegetables.

Add salt and pepper. You can add any herbs of your choice.

Mix well and cook till it becomes thick. You can add more water if you like it little runny. I love it thick.

Cook till you get your desired consistency.

Remove from heat. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add more black pepper powder if required.

Serve hot in breakfast with toasted bread or enjoy a bowlful of this healthy and delicious zan.
Notes – 

1. You can add origano or soya sauce if you like. 

2. You can use broccoli or any vegetables of your choice. 

3. Before serving you can add grated cheese over it. 

4. You can use any flour instead of ragi or finger millet. 

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Stir Fry Black Rice (By Alka Jena) 


Black rice stir fry a guest post by Alka Jena. 

Black rice is quite popular in Asia. The black rice has a texture similar to brown rice, but with a more prominent nutty flavor. The dark color of the rice is due to the un-milled rice grain, which leaves a dark husk. It is this outer layer of bran that sets black rice apart from other types of unpolished rice. This dark husk contains a special phytonutrients, called anthocyanins which is responsible for the reds, blues, purples, and magenta colours found in blueberries, grapes etc.In ancient China, Black Rice was known as “Emperor’s Rice”, and it was reserved exclusively for Chinese Royalty. Since black rice was quite rare, and for this reason it is known as “forbidden rice” also.

Thanks a lot Alka Jena for taking out your time and coming up with this amazing recipe post.

My friend Alka Jena is a very talented Blogger, Photographer, Food Stylist, Recipe Developer and the driving force behind her blog. In her blog she share her passion for home cooked food which she capture through her lenses. She is a self-taught cook and a Photographer who try to create magic with everyday cooking.

Check out her blog for this Stir fry black rice recipe and many more delicious recipes

Culinary Express

Now coming to the recipe A Stir fry is one of her  favorite kind of recipes which is a kind of comforting meal . So for this stir fry, she used black rice, carrots, brocoli, peas both green and black eyed along with pear and pomegranate. You can find different textures like the softness from carrots and chewy from black rice. The Pear and Pomegranate adds a kind of sweetness to the dish. This is a powerhouse of nutrients from all the vegetables and black rice.

Visit her blog for the detailed recipe

Black Rice Stir Fry