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September 15, 2014

Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe | Broccoli Poriyal - Indian Style Broccoli Recipes

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Broccoli is a very healthy vegetable which helps to reduce cholesterol, maintains low blood sugar level, good for bone health and prevents cancer with its powerful antioxidants. Last month when I went to Total mall I picked Broccoli, Wheat grass, Baby tomatoes and some more vegetables which are rarely found in shops nearby my house. 

I tried broccoli stir fry for the first time following my mom’s South Indian style cauliflower fry recipe and loved it a lot. Its a very easy stir fry recipe to prepare in busy morning hours. In Tamil, you can call it as Broccoli poriyal. U can make it without onion & garlic too. I packed the same for Sendhil’s lunch box along with thogayal rice and curd rice. He too liked it. We were very happy to include this healthy vegetable in our regular lunch menu and I am planning to try and share more broccoli recipes in my food book. 

Ok, Lets see how to make this easy, Indian style, Vegetarian broccoli stir fry recipe at home.

Broccoli stir fry

Broccoli stir fry recipe

Broccoli stir fry recipe Broccoli stir fry - Easy, healthy stir fry recipe that can be made in minutes !
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Side dish
Serves: 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes


  • Broccoli -1 no (medium sized)
  • Big onion - 1 no
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch piece ( finely chopped or grated)
  • Garlic cloves - 4 nos (finely chopped)
  • Sambar powder - 1 tsp
  • Salt & water – as needed
  • Lemon juice - few drops
  • Coriander leaves – to garnish
To temper
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Hing - a pinch
  • Curry leaves - few

  • Remove the florets from broccoli, wash and soak in hot water till use. Drain the water and use it. 
broccoli stir fry recipe 1
  • In a wide kadai, temper the ingredients given above in the same order. Then add finely chopped onions, garlic cloves & ginger pieces. Saute till onion turns transparent. Add the required salt while sauting.
broccoli stir fry recipe 2
  • Now add the soaked broccoli florets and saute well for a minute in medium flame. Add the sambar powder and mix well. Sprinkle some water, mix well and cover cook in medium flame for 5 minutes. Toss it once or twice in the middle. Make sure nothing is burnt.
broccoli stir fry recipe 3
  • After the broccoli is cooked without losing its shape and crunchy taste , switch off the flame. Add lemon juice, mix well. Garnish with coriander leaves, remove and serve !
broccoli stir fry recipe 4

Enjoy with sambar rice or Rasam rice ! Tastes yummy !


  • For no onion, no garlic version, simply skip onion and garlic and try the same. It tastes good in either ways.
  • U can cook broccoli in water for few minutes before sauting as we do for cauliflower. Its optional though.
  • U can replace sambar powder with 1/2 tsp of dhania & red chilli powder each.

Serve this healthy, yummy stir fry with sambar rice or rasam rice. Tastes great !
Broccoli stir fry recipe

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Kurinji said...

healthy stir fry...

Unknown said...

I don't like broccoli,pics r very tempting.

Anonymous said...

wow i am not a fab of broccoli but your recipe and clicks forcing me to give it a try :)

Priya said...

Love the broccoli ...Yummy fry ..

Anonymous said...

Healthy broccoli in our style:-) love it Chitra

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious preparation....inviting me

great-secret-of-life said...

healthy and simple fry.. my kids fav

nandoos kitchen said...

very healthy and yumm.. Super chitra..