Friday, May 14, 2010

Brussels sprouts-The desi way!

Brussels sprouts though a nutritious one, would definitely not be my first choice. But for my little one, there would not have been this post today. He spotted these small green balls at the local grocers and said,"Mommy this is what Olivia ate at her friend's house, can i have that too?. "I  thought that my son was growing up fast enough to discuss what his friends ate and incidents related to that. No sooner than i thought; this guy threw his most infamous tantrum. I had to give in. On the way back home he was talking about his friend Olivia. Little did i realize then, that it was that pig Olivia he was talking about. Too much of TV influence these days that you go crazy having names like wuzzle bug and wubsy in your house hold.
Well, i haven't tried eating this veggie in a salad or a baked form. Not very appealing to me. but since i bought that box ,i wanted to finish it off. Experimented it adding same ingredients as for kootu and turned out to be great. One more good thing about the recipe is that i was able to microwave it till the end and had to season it in the end on the stove top. So a considerable reduction of oil here. So a health recipe again with less calories!.The addition of cilantro gave that much needed lift to this curry. It sure is coming back again to my kitchen.  Again and again and again ................


1 pound brussels sprouts chopped fine
2 tbsp moong dhal washed and soaked for 30 min
3 green chillies slit
1/2 tsp jeera
1/2 tsp mustard
1/4 tsp hing
2 tbsp chopped cilantro
1 tbsp coconut
salt to taste
1 tsp oil


In a microwave bowl take the moong dhal and add a little water[ Just for the moong dhal to get cooked]
Once the dhal is almost half cooked [say about 8 min in high power] stir in the brussels sprouts and cook till done. It may take about another 6 to 8 minutes. This depends on the microwave, so see to that the dhal and the veggies don't turn mushy but gets cooked. For this keep adjusting the water and cook time accordingly. Meanwhile just pound the coconut, chillies, cilantro and jeera seeds and keep it aside. In a skillet add the oil and season it with musturd and hing and add it to the microwave cooked dhal and  veggie along with salt. Give it a good mix and its ready!

Tail piece

  1. Just in case u have lots of water remaining after the veggies are cooked ,use it in rasam or sambar or to knead rotis you don't want to waste that nutritious stock.
  2. You can convert the recipe in to stove top one by cooking both the dhal and the veggie in pan with adequate water alternately opening and closing the pan.
  3. While pounding the ingredients you have to do it dry enough to just mix it in.


  1. never had Brussels sprouts before...that dish looks healthy n the desi version of the dish...nice.

  2. wow...wht a healthy dish with just si=ome oil...i also try those extra cal by cooking in less oil...wil love to eat this with phulkas...i made my variations with brussel sprouts adding spinach,chana dal..i loved brussel sprouts...

  3. Hmm...I am also not a fan of this veggie...njoyed ur sons story..hahaha :) I am sure this is a healthy veggie and gud for young children.

  4. Yummy , such a great idea to use spinach channa dal this way,beautiful...thanks for sharing such a nice recipe...

  5. really healthy one.because of ur son u bought this.thats good.
    thanks for this lovely recipe..first of all thanks to ur little one..because of him only we got this recipe..good yarr

  6. Love the idea of Indianizing Brussels sprouts...nice preparation...looks very tasty :)

  7. Like brussels sprouts, but never had its desi version..looks yumm

  8. Very delicious Brussels sprouts recipe! And very healthy too!

  9. Wow...healthy n tasty dish...loved your neat presentation.
    Am your new follower now...:)
    Do drop in at my blog sometime.

  10. Like ur version, looks wonderful. a must try one...

  11. lovely idea...looks so yummy!!!

  12. Hey thats really a new one for me....very healthy one too...need to try for sure...
    Im new to ur blog and \loved it...

  13. Viji,

    Brussels sprouts recipe looks really good. Nice one.
    Thanks for visiting my blog,
    Regarding your question on corn starch on Rasmalai, you can substitute corn starch with all purpose flour. Because corn starch/all purpose flour will acts as binder so it is a must.
    Try and let me know how it turn out.

  14. you are very creative.. liked the way you indianised brussel sprouts and asparagus in the form of poriyal :)

  15. awesome! brussles sprouts and coconut were made for each other!

  16. Perfect Desi Salad.....
    Drop in sometime

  17. Hi Viji
    Thanks for dropping by my blog. I used to prepare kootu in the same way but have not tried it with brussel sprouts.Nice and simple recipe.

  18. Hi Viji,
    thanx for stopping by at my blog. Nice to see your blog..

    Salad looks so fresh and perfect.

  19. thanks,your blog is great.i liked all your posts.keep it up.

  20. Looks delicious and a healthy dish.


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