One of the green that does not always form part of SOTG staple is the lucky broccoli. Though I love it especially when being steamed or stir fried, my other half does not fancy it. So when Mr E went on a work trip, I rolled up my sleeve for this all-star food that come with many health benefits. Broccoli has a reputation to benefit digestion system, lowering cholesterol, good for immune system, anti-inflammatory and has cancer prevention properties.
Adapted from Gordon Ramsay’s broccoli slaw, I added few special ingredients to zazz the dish up a bit more:
Tumeric powder: this make yogurt dressing yellow. Contains curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Nigella seed/Kalonji/Black seed: this give peppery taste. Amazing herb recognized in medicine across ancient world (Greek, Roman, Pharoah, Arab and in Hebrew) contain among others; amino acids, fatty acids, and protein. According to tradition, Muhammad the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) described black seed as a cure for every disease except death. The great physician Ibn Sina, better known as Avicenna in his ‘The Canon of Medicine’, stated that ‘it stimulates the body’s energy and helps recovery from fatigue’.
Remember this raw broccoli requires more thorough chewing than cooked broccoli, so take your time enjoying this all-star dish. I enjoyed half of serving during lunch and remaining is kept refrigerated for next day.
- 1 head broccoli
- 1 small red onion
- 100g raisins
- 100g pistachios - toasted and roughly chop
- 2 teaspoon Nigella seeds
- 200ml natural low fat yogurt
- 1-1 1/2 apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon tumeric
- 2 tablespoon date syrup (or brown sugar)
- Pink Himalayan Salt/sea salt
- Chop off and remove the broccoli stalks. Cut into small florets.
- Peel onion and chop thinly.
- In a large bowl place broccoli, onion, raisins and pistachios.Set aside
- Pour yogurt into a small bowl. Add tumeric and 1 table spoon of vinegar first - add more if required. Add date syrup and salt. Stir and combine mixture. Taste accordingly. Add the remaining vinegar or a little extra date syrup if necessary.
- Pour the yellow yogurt dressing over broccoli.
- Sprinkle Nigella seed.
- Toss well and serve.