Saturday, August 25, 2012

Broccoli Mellun (Sri Lankan Broccoli Dish- Vegan)


I recently made this Broccoli Mellun dish for a rice and curry meal and since it's been over a year since I posted it the first it is again.  I love this dish, so does my husband and both my kids (even the picky eater).  My mother came up with this little gem and when I tasted it for the first time I knew I had to share it with everyone.  The flavor of the dish is not the only thing I love about this dish, it's also the texture.  I love that the broccoli is shredded so it's easy to eat.  This vegetarian/vegan side dish is a great way to increase your intake of broccoli (even if you're not a broccoli fan).

1 to 1 and 1/2 pounds of washed broccoli (see note)
1 medium onion chopped
1-2 green chilies sliced
1/2 cup desiccated unsweetened coconut (available at Indian Grocers)
1/2 tsp of turmeric
1/2 tsp red chili powder (or to taste)
1 inch stick of cinnamon
10-12 curry leaves
1tsp of mustard seed
1tsp of cumin seed
salt (to taste)

Note:  You can use the entire broccoli in this recipe (stalk too).  I suggest you cut the crowns off the stalks and shred the stalks in the food processor first since you want them to be a bit finer.  Shred the crowns lightly by pulsing the processor only a few times because you don't want them to be too fine.

In a large pan heat 1Tbs of olive oil on medium-high heat.  Once heated, add your cumin seeds, mustard seeds, cinnamon and curry leaves. Allow to fry for 30-45 seconds until the seeds splutter in the oil, but do not burn.  Next add your onions and green chilies and saute for 3-5 minutes.
Now add your shredded broccoli to the pan.  Saute for 2-3 minutes. 
Next add your turmeric, dry chilies, salt and desiccated coconut. Fry for 5 more minutes.  If you washed your broccoli before you shredded it, the broccoli will have some water still on it so it will cook as well as steam in the pan.  No extra water is needed.  If your broccoli is not cooked enough and sticking to the pan, add a few sprinkles of water to get it to steam.

Cook until the broccoli is cooked down to your desired texture.  Taste for seasoning and serve.  Serves 4-6 people as part of a rice and curry meal.  This dish goes perfectly with any lentil dish.  Enjoy.

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  1. This is a serious keeper of a recipe! I love broccoli, and it's so good for you, but often get bored with it. Really it's a result of not coming up with enough different recipes for it. I love, love this recipe and idea. Thanks for sharing Ramona! Have a great weekend!

  2. What a cool new way to use broccoli!! I always do the same things when I make it so this is great!

  3. What a fabulous way to enjoy broccoli! And the addition of coconut - amazing!!!

  4. This sounds amazing. Where do you normally find curry leaves?

    Ramona - just a heads up! My blog has changed a bit - I'm indexing Facebook on my blog, but when I do post something that I have made, I'll pop in to blitz your blog with comments and catch up on your work - this way you will know. Thanks for your support. :)

  5. At first I thought this said 'broccoli MELON' and got very confused but all good now ;)
    This looks utterly fantastic and healthy, what a wonderful broccoli dish!

    Choc Chip Uru

  6. Oh wow there's coconut in this dish! You are so right about the texture. This is so simple and I can imagine that the taste is amazing.

  7. Those are some of my most used ingredients in my kitchen these days. unfortunately I wont be able to get some broccoli here. I d love to know how your broccoli bhaji tastes like! I imagine it would be nice to serve that with fish curry rice and some pickle. yumm I am getting hungry...

  8. This looks amazing! I haven't heard of it before, but I love broccoli and am always looking for a new way to serve it. Thank you for sharing!

  9. You know - I'm not a huge broccoli fan, but I really think I would absolutely love this! It's like a broccoli tabbouleh from the looks of it. It looks amazing! Hope you're having a marvelous weekend!!

  10. I know that I would love this dish and the coconut is a nice addition. Wonderful recipe that your mom came up with Ramona. How lucky that she can visit often. Hope you are having a lovely weekend and I am so glad it is beginning to cool down, let's hope it stays that way, I am really tired of this heat.

  11. Broccoli is one of my favorite veggies but I normally just have it plain and steamed. I cannot wait to try out this new variation. It will certainly spice up our dinner.

  12. There are no green chillis in the ingredients, but they are in the method. How many do you use?

    1. Sorry for my oversight. I will fix it above. 1-2 or as many as you enjoy.

  13. WOW! What a mouth watering delicacy! I tried this and it tastes yummm. Thanks for sharing such a delicious recipe with us. You can add one more delectable recipe to your list that I tried last yesterday. Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

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