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Broccoli stir fry recipe | Broccoli curry | Indian broccoli recipes

By Swasthi on August 26, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Broccoli stir fry recipe – 3 Simple and quick Indian broccoli recipes made with basic ingredients. Broccoli is one of those veggies which is rarely used in Indian cuisine. This Indian style potato & broccoli stir fry tastes delicious with mild flavors of spice powders, garlic and chili. It goes well with almost any thing – rice, roti or even as a side.

broccoli recipe

Broccoli is rich in dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and more importantly anti-oxidants and has anticancer properties. I use it often to make stir fry, pasta, fried rice and even to make chutney.

Here are more broccoli recipes which I shared earlier,
Broccoli pasta
Spicy Broccoli chutney
Broccoli corn stir fry

I have shared 3 recipes in this post. Please scroll down to find the second & third recipes.

To make the first broccoli stir fry I have used potato to add some flavor. You can substitute it with green peas, sweet potatoes or even capsicum.

More Vegetable recipes
Aloo gobi
Bhindi masala
Baby corn fry
Jeera aloo
Zucchini stir fry

Preparation – Indian broccoli recipe

1. Heat oil in a pan. Next add in jeera and allow them to sizzle. Then add in garlic and green chilies.

Heat oil in a pan

2. Saute for 30 seconds and add potatoes. Fry for a minute.

add potatoes

3. Cover and cook on a low to medium heat until al dente. Stir in between if needed. It took about 5 to 6 mins for me. If they don’t cook quickly you can also sprinkle some water.

Cover and cook

4. Check if the potatoes are done. Do not cook them too soft, they must just be cooked.

Do not cook them too soft

5. Next add in turmeric, chili powder, garam masala, cumin and if desired coriander powder.

add turmeric, chili powder, garam masala

6. Mix well and fry for 30 seconds. Quickly sprinkle 2 to 3 tbsp water.

sprinkle water

How to make broccoli stir fry

7. Then add broccoli and saute for a minute.

add broccoli

8. Sprinkle some salt and little oil if needed.

Sprinkle salt

9. Stir well and fry just for 3 to 4 mins. Avoid cooking broccoli for too long until it turns too soft. Turn off when i turns tender yet crunchy.

Stir well and fry

Sprinkle sesame seeds and lemon juice if desired.

Serve broccoli stir fry with rice, roti or just as a side.

broccoli fry recipe

Recipe 2 – Broccoli sabzi or stir fry recipe

2 heaped cups broccoli florets
1/2 to 1 cup capsicum or potatoes or peas (optional)
½ tsp cumin
¾ to 1 tsp ginger grated or ginger garlic paste
Oil as needed
1 small onion sliced thinly or chopped finely
1 medium tomato chopped finely (deseed if you prefer)
Salt and turmeric as needed
½ tsp Red chili powder
½ to ¾ tsp garam masala
Few roasted peanuts crushed (optional)

How to make Indian broccoli recipe

1. Heat 3 to 4 cups of water in a pot, add salt and add the florets. Leave them for about 5 minutes. This helps hidden worms come to the water. Drain off the water and rinse them well under running water. Drain them and set aside.

how to clean broccoli

2. Heat Oil in a pan. Add cumin. When they begin to splutter, add ginger or ginger garlic paste. Fry until it turns aromatic.

saute ginger in oil

3. Add sliced onions and fry until transparent.

frying onions in pan

4. Add tomatoes, turmeric and fry until the tomatoes turn completely mushy. You can also add garam masala and chili powder now.

addition of tomatoes

making broccoli curry

5. If using potato, add them now and fry until half cooked. Add broccoli, capsicum or peas. On a low flame fry until all the veggies get cooked. If needed cover and cook.

addition of peppers peas

6. Sprinkle garam masala, red chili powder and roasted crushed peanuts and then fry for just one to 2 minutes. Peanuts can also be added just before serving to keep the crunch.

add spices powders

Serve broccoli sabzi with roti or rice.

serve broccoli masala

Recipe 3 – Broccoli stir fry with almonds or coconut


2 ½ cups broccoli florets or minced
¾ cup onions chopped finely
2 tbsps oil
1 sprig curry leaves
1 green chili slit
¼ tsp cumin/jeera
1/8 tsp mustard
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1/3 tsp red chili powder
¾ to 1 tsp garam masala or kitchen king masala
10 to 12 almonds (blanched preferred) or 3 tbsps of fresh coconut
salt to taste


1. Add oil to a pan and heat it. Add cumin & mustard. Allow them to sizzle, add curry leaves and fry.

2. Time to add chopped onions and fry till they are lightly golden and done.

addition of salt for broccoli stir fry

3. Add ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell disappears.

4. Add broccoli florets, sprinkle salt and fry till for 2 to 3 mins.

5. Add red chili powder, garam masala. Stir well. Cover and cook for 2 to 3 mins.

addition of milk for broccoli curry

6. Step 6 and 7 are optional. If you don’t like to use almonds or coconut you can just skip this. Make a fine paste of the almonds by adding little water to the blender. Or alternately you can blend 3 tbsp of coconut with 2 tbsp of water. There is also a reader’s comment that even coconut milk tasted good instead of almonds. So shared the tip here.

indian broccoli stir fry recipe

7. Pour almond paste or coconut paste to the pan. Stir fry for 2 to 3 mins or till it becomes fragrant and cooked. Adjust salt as desired.
Serve broccoli with rice or chapati.

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Broccoli stir fry

Simple & healthy broccoli stir fry recipe made in Indian style with basic ingredients. Serve it with rice, roti or as a side in any meal.
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Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 1 to 2 medium potato cubed – half inch – ½ to ¾ cup
  • 150 grams broccoli florets 2 to 2½ cups florets
  • 1½ to 2 tbsp oil
  • ½ tsp cumin or jeera
  • 1 tbsp garlic chopped (not too small)
  • 1 green chili chopped,optional
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric or haldi
  • ¼ to ½ tsp red chili powder or use as needed
  • ½ tsp garam masala , use more if desired
  • ¼ tsp cumin powder or jeera powder ,optional
  • ¼ tsp coriander powder optional
  • salt as needed
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds or 2 tbsp skinned roasted peanuts



  • Cut the broccoli florets to the sizes you prefer. Add them to warm water and leaves for 2 to 3 mins. Drain and set aside.
  • Wash, peel and wash potatoes. Chop them to half inch pieces and keep them immersed in a bowl of water until used.
  • Chop garlic and green chilies. Set aside.

How to make broccoli stir fry

  • Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin. When they begin to crackle add chopped garlic and chillies
  • Saute just for 30 seconds to 1 min. Do not brown or fry further otherwise they will be burnt later.
  • Drain water from the potatoes and add them to the pan. Stir fry for a minute and cook covered on a medium heat until done al dente.
  • Check if they are al dente, just cooked and not too soft.
  • Add turmeric, chili, garam masala, coriander powder and cumin powder.
  • Mix and saute just for 30 seconds.  Sprinkle 2 to 3 tbsp water.
  • Add the broccoli florets and stir fry for 1 minute.
  • Next 1 tsp oil and sprinkle salt as desired. Toss and fry until the broccoli is done to your liking. Avoid over cooking, remove from the pan when it is tender. Broccoli takes only 3 to 5 mins to cook.
  • Remove potato broccoli stir fry to a serving bowl. Sprinkle some sesame seeds and lemon juice. Serve with rice, roti or as a side.


On a low to medium heat, toast the sesame seeds in a pan until they begin to smell nutty and aromatic. Cool and add them at the last step.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Broccoli stir fry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 112 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Sodium 107mg5%
Potassium 237mg7%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 565IU11%
Vitamin C 74.2mg90%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Dear, all your recipes are my favorite. They are easy yet so delicious… Thank you🙏

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Your recipes are delicious. Please include step by step photos of cooking process, so that it is more convenient for newbies like me.

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Just cooked broccoli stir fry 3rd recipe. It’s soooooooooo tasty, eating with rice is already flavourful. No need additional dishes. Thanks for sharing!

Just cooked broccoli stir fry 3rd recipe. It’s soooooooo tasty, eating with rice is already flavourful. No need additional dishes. Thanks for sharing!

5 stars
Really like the recipes, easy to make , taste is too good really enjoyed eating

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Very nice recipes, really like it

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Hi Swasthi,
This Canadian cook is wanting to know if the red chili powder required is meant to be the chili powder I use in Mexican dishes (not hot)or “cayenne” red pepper(hot)
Delicious recipe – just what I needed for a creative edge for the lonely broccoli in my fridge.

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Hello Swasthi, I am a cancer patient and was asked to eat broccoli a lot. I just tried your stir fried broccoli with potatoes. It is so easy and you made it easier by step by step instructions. It looks so pleasing and turned up so tasty. I am sure going to try some of your other recipes. Thanks dear.

Swastisk. .in my previous comment that is tell me…not tellemail ….hope you will understand

Hello swastisk first of all thank you ?for your recipie ..and can you please tellemail how can I make a perfect cake at home …share me some tips ?

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Great, I use your recipe whenever I have chance to cook for my family

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Tried the first one. came out yum. Thanks

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It came out awesomely. I put it in between bread and added a slice of cheese and hot and sweet sauce. Delicious ?

Im always your fan
You are great

I tried broccoli with almonds, it’s very tasty. Thanks for sharing

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Hi Swasthi,

I have now made this a few times. I love it. Fabulous depth to the flavours. Helps keep me warm here in Scotland. 🙂
Will be making again soon. This will be on my weekly planner. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and recipes.

Kind Regards

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Excellent and easy to do recipes. I am a great follower of your recipes and each one is exceptionally loved by ALL at home. My cooking craze has developed with trying your recipes.

Hi Swasthi,
Sesame seeds needs to be roasted & added or without roasting

Please advise

Great.. Thank you Swasthi

5 stars
Very good & easy recipe…

Very nice

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Learnt something new.