Mellagu Broccoli (Mezhakku Purattiyathu)

Course : Curry
Serves: 4
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800 gram broccoli
1 teaspoon salt to taste
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon urad dal -- washed
4 whole red chiles -- cut into pieces
60 grams shallots -- (madras or red onions), sliced
200 gram tomatoes -- chopped
10 grams coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
100 gram tender raw cashew nuts
12 grams black pepper-freshly ground
24 whole curry leaves
45 grams sun dried tomatoes -- cut into strips

Preparation / Directions:

REMOVE the stems of the broccoli and cut into flowerets. Reserve in salted lukewarm water for five minutes. Drain and blanch in salted boiling water for two minutes. Drain and refresh in iced water and drain again. Peel the tender cashew nuts, halve and soak them in water for 10 minutes. Drain. Heat oil in a pan and season with mustard seeds. When they splutter, add urad dal. Stir until light golden. Add red chiles and stir until they begin to change color. Add shallots and sauté until translucent and glossy. Add the chopped tomatoes and stir-fry until the oil floats on top. Dissolve coriander powder and turmeric powder in two tbsp. water and add to the pan. Stir until the moisture evaporates. Add the cashew nuts and stir for a minute. Add curry leaves and broccoli, toss (or stir) for four minutes. Remove from heat, sprinkle pepper powder and adjust the seasoning. Remove to a flat dish. Garnish with sun dried tomatoes and serve with Malabari paratha or as an accompaniment.

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