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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Brussel sprout roast

This is one vegetable iIhad never tired before this. I got introduced to Brussel only after I came to US.This cute looking green little thing looked like small cabbage to me. At first I thought maybe it is cabbage's smaller version...(sometihing like bonzai plants hehehe). I had no idea how to cook this and I was shocked to see that very few people have actually tried making this veggie and many actually hate it. Thats when curiosity got into me and I wanted to try this thing that many hate. Did you know that Brussels are packed with nutrients and vitamins.

Some facts about Brussel :

The Brussels (or brussels or brussel) sprout (Brassica oleracea Gemmifera Group) of the Brassicaceae family, is a cultivar group of Wild Cabbage cultivated for its small (typically 2.5 - 4cm, 1 - 1.5 inches diameter) leafy green heads, which resemble miniature cabbages. The name stems from the original place of cultivation, not because of the vegetable's popularity in Brussels.

Brussels sprouts are among the same family that includes cabbage, collard greens, broccoli, kale, and kohlrabi. They contain good amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid and dietary fibre. Moreover, they are believed to protect against colon cancer, due to their containing sinigrin. Brussels sprouts are cruciferous

Now my recipe of making Brussel sprout roast.
You will need:

Petite Brussel sprout (frozen) - 1 pack
( I used frozen as its easy to cook you may also use fresh ones.... check the method of cooking when using fresh Brussel)
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Fresh coconut (optional) - for garnish
Salt to taste

If you are using fresh Brussel sprout, Firstly cut of the stem (if there) at the base..and cut a small x on the stem with the knife and remove any loose leaves at the base.This is done for even cooking of the brussel. now boil some water and drop the brussels into it.Its very important to cook the brussel evenly and for a limited time. Dont over cook it orelse it will become mushy. It emits a strong smell when it cooking.Once its cooked and is tender (check it by poking with a fork.) remove it drain the water and keep aside.

I took an easier option of buying a petite brussel sprout packet, Which has precooked tender brussels.

Take a big pan. Pour in some oil into it. Now add the mustard seeds and let it splutter. Now add the curry leaves and fry for 30 seconds. Add the brussel sprouts and mix it well. Now put in the salt and red chilli powder and mix well again. npow make the heat medium and let the brussel roast, stiring in between.

when u see that brussel is roasted well and brown patches have appeared on it, Off the gas. Garnish with fresh coconut.

Serve hot with rice and sambar. Tasty and healthy. Enjoy!!

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