Monday, February 06, 2006

ARF/5-a-day-Tuesday #6 - Broccoli in peanut sauce

Another broccoli entry from me for ARF/5-a-day Tuesday #6, usually hosted by Sweetnicks, but this week being hosted by Stephanie, the Happy Sorceress.

Since finding out that peanuts are a good source of anti-oxidants, well, I just HAD to use them along with my veggies for this event. I've had this broccoli recipe for a while, printed off from one of the food groups that I've subscribed to, and I've tweaked it only slightly. A lot of the recipes are too complicated or call for ingredients not available in the UK - fair enough, the groups are mostly US-based, so it's to be expected. But this recipe seemed interesting and simple, and even better, perfect for the Tuesday event.

It is vaguely reminiscent of Thai cuisine, although I suppose peanut butter isnt the most authentic of Thai ingredients. And come to think of it - couscous isnt really a hallmark of Thai cooking either.... Okay, so perhaps it ISNT reminiscent of Thai cuisine. Let's just say it's a pretty darn good recipe, and leave it at that!

Recipe for:
Broccoli in peanut sauce


1/4 c peanut butter
1 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tbsp hot water
Juice from half a lime (about 2 tbsp)
1 generous tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
3 whole dried red chillies (or 1/2 tsp chilli flakes, if you dont like chillies)
1 1/2 tbsp oil
2 cups fresh broccoli, in florets
1 medium carrot, cut into matchsticks (or use red bell pepper)
1 small onion, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
A handful of roasted peanuts, for garnish


1. Put the broccoli in a big bowl of very hot water for 4 minutes. Remove, refresh under cold running water and set aside in a colander to drain.

2. Combine peanut butter, sugar, water, lime juice, soy sauce, sesame oil, and pepper in a blender or spice grinder, until the chillies are well blended. Set aside.

3. Heat the oil in a wok. Add the onions, carrots/bell pepper and garlic, and
stir-fry for 4 minutes, or until tender crisp.

4. Add the broccoli and stir. Remove from the heat after 1 minute.

5. Place the vegetables in a bowl and pour the peanut sauce over it.

Mix well and serve warm over couscous (I flavoured mine with lemongrass and fresh coriander) or with noodles.


bilbo said...

Hey shammi
that looks so good. I have a pack of couscous sitting some where in the cupboards and just today evening I picked up broccoli. I guess I am trying this. thanks for posting :)
Take care

shammi said...

Hope you like it, Bilbo.

Mika said...

I love the way broccoli looks in asian style sauces. I will try your PB sauce-sounds delicious.

Garam Masala said...

I love broccolli. It cooks so quickly and is yummy:) I am going to try this peanut sauce soon. Thanks!

Priya said...

the brocolli sauce looks just perfect for a good meal,would love it with chinese plain fried rice, and the couscous in the plate looks beautiful.Can u post recipe for that too if possible. Now i better buy couscous, i can see a lot of recipes on it, and they all look too good.

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