Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Broccoli Capsicum Curry

I keep hoping everyday that my maid would have cooked something delicious for dinner.

Scene at home:

Me: Kya banaya khane ke liye? (What have you prepared?)

She(Maid): Aapne call nahi kiya na, isliye maine socha aap kuch banayenge, maine tho sirf aata ghunke rakha hai. (You didnot call me, so.., I thought you would be cooking. I just prepared the dough for rotis).

Me: (Trying to hide my anger..), teek hain, subziyan fridge se nikalo. Agar main call nahi karpayi, tho aaphi call karke pooch lijiye. (Fine, atleast keep the vegetables out & also, I may forget to call. It is better you only call & get the details for dinner)

She: Main batana bhool gayi.., sivaye pyaaz, tamatar...sabziyan kuch bhi nayi hain (Forgot to tell you, there is no vegetable except for onion & tomato)

Me: (Grrrrrrr...trying to smile again)Ok, let me have a quick look at the freezer.

Luckily on that day, I found some frozen broccoli, 1 old capsicum & some frozen peas. I started experimenting with that. I usually prepare 2-3 types of general gravies, that go well with most of the vegetables. I used one of the gravies for this dish & it turned out real good. I was very happy with the result. So, thought of writing down for your (rather our!!) reference ;)
Broccoli: 1 medium sized (cut into medium pieces)
Capsicum: 2 nos(cut into 1 inch cubes)
Green peas: a fistful (I used frozen)
Green chillies: 4 nos
Onion: 2 nos
Tomatoes: 2 nos
Ginger-garlic paste: 1 tbsp
Cilantro: 1 cup or 3 strings (for the gravy)
Kasuri Methi: 1 tsp
Garam masala: 1 tsp (optional)
Amchur powder: 1 tsp (add according to your taste)
Red chilli powder: 1/2 tsp
Salt: According to taste
Oil: 2 + 1 tbsp
Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
Cilantro: 1 tbsp (for garneshing)

  • Prepare a fine paste of tomato, onion, ginger-garlic paste, green chillies & cilantro.
  • Heat a broad pan. Add 2 tbsp of oil to it. When oil is hot, add cumin seeds. When cumin seeds splutter, add the paste prepared in the previous step. Reduce the heat & cook it on a slow flame.
  • Meantime, in a wok, add 1 tsp of oil & saute the broccoli until tender & yet crunchy (it takes around 5-6minutes). Set aside the broccoli & repeat the same with capsicum. Mix the vegetables & keep them aside.
  • Ensure the raw smell of onion & tomatoes vanish away. The gravy starts oozing out oil. At this stage, add 1/2 cup of water, green peas, salt, red chilli powder, amchur powder, kasuri methi & mix well.
  • Add the vegetables to the gravy & cook on a medium flame for another 5-7minutes. Add garam masala & remove the gravy from heat.
  • Serve it hot with rotis.


  1. Looks great! And so nice you have help! I could use that :)

  2. Wow thats a new combination...sounds delicious.

  3. wow, i love broccoli, that's a good one

  4. The curry looks great and having a maid servant-cook (even those lazy kinds) sounds so luxurious....I wish I had one.

  5. Nice recipe and combo... all green vegetables ...looks greenish and yumm

  6. Sush, Broccoli added to any other vegetable makes the curry tasty. I have combined it with chaaparada avrekayi, cauliflower, hesarukaalu, masoordal..innu esto combo chennagiirathe. Hogli bidi freezer maalu upyogakke bantalla. I will try this curry.

  7. Sush that's a very innovative curry, thx for posting!

  8. heheh...let's wish your hope will come true one day :)...sabzi looks nice....

  9. Sush,thats a brilliant curry.I love to taste some..since am too fond of broccoli,this recipe is all welcome here..bokkmarked to try.

  10. What a nice combo of broccoli and capsicum which goes very well.I love broccoli in my cooking

  11. Very new combination, never thought to try out this combo..looks fabulous..

  12. looks yummy..i add brocolli to any mix veg curry..healthy and a yummy way to have it..

  13. Both are my fav! so green and yummy!

  14. Hey Thx for visiting my blog & for lovely comments.
    This so green and healthy recipe !
    In north Karnataka we call bonda...:)

  15. Looks yummy and nice ...nice side dish for chapathi :)

  16. Oh wow.....that's a creamy medley of veggies...very yum.....thanks to u r maid...who did not prepare anything so u came up with this delish recipe...hehehhe

  17. Rare combo Sushma..Will surely try this.

  18. Easy and healthy.. looks yummy..

  19. I made this today and loved it. I just think adding green chilli and chilli powder could make it too spicy, so I skipped the chilli powder. This is innovative and can be cooked very quickly! Thanks for this recipe.



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