(BBN) -Broccoli is a vegetable that resembles cauliflower and belongs to the family which also includes cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts and collards .
Broccoli Pakora is very low in saturated Fat and cholesterol but a good source of Protein, dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Folate, Potassium, Vitamin E, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Selenium and Manganese.
Most important, broccoli contains a substance called Isothiocyanates, which fight and help prevent cancer.
There are various types of Pakora. You can substitute different vegetables instead of broccoli to get different Pakora like Potato Pakora, Cauliflower Pakora, Onion Pakora, Raw banana Pakora etc.
• Gram flour – 2 cups
• Rice flour – 2 tbsp
• Red chilly powder – 2 tsp
• Baking soda – 1 pinch
• Salt – to taste
• Broccoli – 2 cups (separated into florets)
• Water – 1/2 cup
• Oil – 1/4 cup ( for frying)
1. Mix thoroughly gram flour, rice flour, red chilly powder, baking soda and salt to make bajji flour.
2. Add water gradually to avoid lumps and make a smooth paste.
3. Heat oil in kadai.
4. When the oil is hot enough, dump few broccoli florets in the bajji batter.
5. When the florets are completely coated with the batter, put the florets in the oil and deep fry.
6. Drain excess oil in a paper towel. Serve hot with tomato ketchup when the bajjis are crisp.
• Don’t overcrowd the kadai. Fry few florets at a time.
• Broccoli florets can be substituted with other vegetables like cauliflower florets, onion, potato slices, raw banana slices, bread slices etc.
• Broccoli Bajji can be served as an evening snack with tomato ketchup as a dip.
• Broccoli Bajji can also be served as a side for variety rices.
• Enjoy it along with a cup of hot tea or coffee.
• You can add some sliced onions, curry leaves, cashews and mix with the batter along with the broccoli florets and mix well.
Take small portions and fry in hot oil to make broccoli yummy pakoras, according to Simple Indian Recipes.