Brussels Sprouts Sauté

Brussels sprouts, resembling tiny, tightly closed cabbage heads are members of the cabbage family and were first cultivated in Belgium, and hence the name. They are an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of folate, potassium and vitamin K. They have the same cancer-inhibiting potential as cabbage and broccoli.

While buying brussels sprouts look for ones that are compact, bright green and firm to touch. They should not have yellow or wilted leaves. They don't take long to cook and can be steamed, sautéed, microwaved or boiled.

In spite of all these benefits, most people are apprehensive about them. It is because they have a slight bitterness and it is what I like about ‘em. If properly cooked and flavoured with right spices, they are delicately nutty. In this recipe, the acidity from tomatoes and sweetness from the bell pepper compensate for the bitterness, while creamy cashews take them to the next level. The spices used in this recipe are minimal, not overpowering the delicate flavour of brussels sprouts.

Brussel Sprouts

Ingredients

Brussels sprouts – 1 lb, about 20
Whole cashews – ½ cup
Tomatoes – 2, big, chopped
Red bell pepper – 1, cut into 1 inch squares
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Asafoetida – a pinch
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Turmeric – ¼ tsp
Chilli powder – 1 tsp
Salt
Pepper
Cilantro

Method

Cut the stalks of brussels sprouts and peel off outer leaves that are damaged. Wash and halve them. Some leaves will fall off, reserve them too for cooking.

Lightly toast the cashew nuts in a pan until golden brown. You can also roast the nuts in a 375F oven for 5 minutes, turning them once. Be careful not to burn them.

In a pan, heat oil on medium heat and splutter mustard seeds. Then add cumin seeds and asafoetida and roast them for few seconds. Remove pan from the heat for a minute and add chilli powder, turmeric and salt. Stir them for a minute, return the pan to heat and add tomatoes and brussels sprouts. Cover and cook, taking care not to break the brussels sprouts halves. Sprinkle water if necessary. When they are half done, add red bell pepper. Cover and cook for 5 more minutes or until brussels sprouts become soft and bell pepper retain their crunch. Remove from heat. Season with black pepper, if desired.

Just before serving, stir cashew pieces and cilantro into the curry. Serve warm with rotis or rice.

Brussel Sprouts Cashew Curry

36 comments:

sra said...

I love how you're trying to make this a friendly veggie, Suganya!

Roopa said...

yum, i have never tried cooking brussel sprouts. here we find it rarely. The dish looks delicious with the flavours

Padmaja said...

hey shall i tell you something, i never cook this veggie except for christmas lunch.But yours look amazingly delicious!!

Kajal said...

Creative idea and nice way you present my dear. Looks very very..........yummy. Keep it up.:))

trupti said...

I love Brussels sprouts...one of my favorites..!

you asked about the onion/garlic powder in the Madras noodles....since they are mixed in with the other spices, its not so bad. I made the noodles because I had to get rid of the powders... (hehe).

:)

Nupur said...

Love the look of your brussels sprouts curry, Suganya! I buy brussels sprouts often, but usually end up using them for a quick poriyal.

Asha said...

I love those little thingies which looks and tastes like mini Cabbages!:))
Love the bright beautiful photo.

archana said...

This is the first time I am seeing these sprouts. The recipe and the dish look very tasty :)

ramya said...

I loved this presentation and it's quite tempting.I too passby them in grocery stores.this time i won't.thank u for this.and ur pics r so tempting.

Jyothi said...

Hi Suganya! brussel sprouts recipe looks great and yummy. Even I didn't tried till now. I want to try now. Thanks for sharing.

Saju said...

Nice recipe! I usally cook it with sesame and musturd seeds.

musical said...

Looks good! and Brussels sprouts adapt to Indian cooking rather well.

Richa said...

right spice sure is what they need & you seem to hv got the mix :)

Lata said...

I tried Brussel Sprouts 2 years back and the dish was a total disaster. I never tried anything after that. I think I will try this recipe...

Tee said...

i have never tried brussel sprouts ...heard from so many people that it tastes... well decently put, not good :)
I liked your way of cooking them...looks delicious! hopefully I will be encouraged to try it out :)

Priya said...

I am one of the apprehensive ones...I have always wanted to cook with them but never knew what to make of them. Will surely give this recipe a try :)

Laavanya said...

That looks like a simple yet elegant stir-fry.

WokandSpoon said...

I love brussel sprouts and usually stir fry them with just soya sauce! I love them slighly crunchy on the inside. Here's to promoting brussel sprouts! ;-)

bhags said...

I have never tried anything with brussels....this recipe gives me a reason to try it...nice one

KitchenAromas said...

I've always made a stir fry with these brussels sprouts combined with sliced onions. I think cashew nuts would add a wonderful texture and a nutty flavor. I'll surely give this a shot!

Cinnamon said...

I never knew what to cook with brussel sprouts. This is a great help for me :)
Thanks for sharing! And the pics are too good to resist!

bee said...

we lvoe this veggie. waiting for ours to mature in the garden. nice recipe.

ushaprashanth said...

Hi suganya!
Never heard of Brussels sprouts till i saw this... looks different!

Suganya said...

Thank you all of you for leaving your trail here :)

Am quite surprised that so many of you haven't tried Brussels sprouts yet. Do try 'em when you can find them. I will try posting few other recipes with those sprouts too.

Mythili said...

Ooooh I love this saute'. Brussel sprouts are really great cooked this way.

-Mythili

Padma said...

I never tried cooking with brussels Sprouts till now, will surely have to try after reading your very neatly explained recipe. Also would love to know more recipes using this veggie.
And nevertheless to mention your pictures, I need to take few tricks from you!

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Cynthia said...

Funny enough, I really like cabbage but not brussels sprouts so much :)

Sharmi said...

hey that is a nice one. esp. with cashews. I just simply saute them.

Coffee said...

i have never cooked this either.... and the other day I bought it thinking I will make something of it.... now this will be for dinner tonight. :D

DEEPA said...

i do cook brussels sprouts.Will post my recipe someday .But you'r is great one .I love the taste of it ..Thks for sharing

lakshmi said...

I somehow got aversion to the brussel sprout from the beginning,but now on seeing!!! ur recipe,i feel like trying it immediately.

Linda said...

Brussels sprouts with cashews, Suganya, oh yum! Love the pretty shells in the background of first pic too -- such a pretty shot :)

Vcuisine said...

They look yummy Suganya. Viji

Bharathy said...

The dish looks so lovely and colourful, Sugi!!Love the recipe,with cashews..:)

Suma Gandlur said...

Love those pics!!!

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