Monday, April 12, 2010

Broccoli & Asparagus Stir Fry

Ok...this will have to be the simplest recipe i will ever post. Have you ever thought to your self...if you could be a vegetable what would you be??? (or has this thought only occured to me??...considering my love for veggies)...anyways...if i could be a veggie i would want to be Broccoli...i can't tell you how much i love broccoli...i owe this love affair to Sandra, my best friend. We used to go for Jazz classes, come back hungry n' gorge on broccoli stir i'm dedicating this post to her...:D

A little fact i read about Broccoli on Wikipedia which i didn't know before...Broccoli evolved from a wild cabbage plant on the continent of Europe. Indications point to the vegetable being known of 2,000 years ago. Since the Roman Empire, broccoli has been considered a uniquely valuable food among Italians. Broccoli was first introduced to the United States by these immigrants, but had not become widely known until the 1920s. The benefits of broccoli are greatly reduced if the vegetable is boiled more than ten minutes.

Broccoli is high in vitamins C, K, and A, as well as dietary fiber; it also contains multiple nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties. A high intake of broccoli has been found to reduce the risk of aggressive prostate cancer. Broccoli consumption has also shown that it is beneficial in the prevention of heart diseases.

If i want RJ to eat this i have to give him some fried beef along with it...(i think beef n' broccoli is a great combination) that asparagus is in season i decided to partner it with broccoli n' i loved here you go...


1. Broccoli: 500gms
2. Asparagus: 200gms
3. Butter: 3-4tsp (i use indian Amul Butter coz i just love it)
4. Salt: as per taste or 1/2 tsp (if you are using salted butter like me..reduce the quantity)
5. Black Pepper: 2 pinch (optional)*
6. Garlic: 1no (crushed) (optional)*
7. Lemon juice: 2-3 drops (optional)*

* the reason why i have mentioned these as optional is coz i mostly don't add them...i like it simply with butter n' salt...but adding these might give a zing if you don't like it plain)


Step 1: Cut off bottom fourth of asparagus, and discard, as it is tough and stringy. I cut rest into 3-inch pieces each. (To set the color of the asparagus, briefly blanch in boiling water.)

Step 2: Slice the broccoli into medium pieces.

Step 3: Add butter into a hot wok. If you are using garlic add it to the butter once the butter has melted. Add broccoli and asparagus to this. Stir well.

Step 4: You will see the both broccoli and asparagus pieces turning into a bright green colour. This indicates it's done. Add salt and black pepper and sprinkle some lemon juice if you are using it and it's ready. (But like i said... i like having it with just butter n' salt....)


  1. i love such simple stir fry ..simple to cook and delicious and healthy to have...great one miri

  2. Dear just lovely colours.....mainly the colour of the red cabbage making gorgeous the green....very healthy dish....indeed broccoli is one of the very nutritious dishes...asparagus too.....

  3. simple and healthy stir fry...Maybe I should try this combo for my family who loves broccoli and hates asparagus :-)

  4. hey,

    i jus saw this blog linked in a friend's post and came..

    looks delicious..was looking over some of ur recipes.. all look yummy... but a doubt! how do u manage to remain thin after having all the cream and butter u seem to devour? :-)

  5. often times simple is best! love that.

  6. hey Sushma and Kamalika...thank you...:)

    Gulmohar...try it like this...might do the trick...:)

  7. hi...thanks for dropping by...the trick to watch your weight is to limit the about of food i cook n' eat...:)..i had put on weight when i started the blog initially n' had almost stopped blogging...then i found i didn't have to make the exact measurements in the recipe n' started cooking for two....that is serving me well now...let's see...but thanks for the comment..;)


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