Monday, April 9, 2007

Brussels sprout curry (Indian Style)

My grandmother and mom makes this curry and it tastes real great. I could never make it that way but this is just an effort. Even brussels sprout sambar tastes great.
Brussels sprout contain good amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid and dietary fibre. Moreover, they are believed to protect against colon cancer, due to their content in sinigrin.


1 cup Brussels sprout
2 onions
1cup tomato puree
2 green chillies
1tbsp chopped ginger
½ cup tamarind water
1tsp turmeric
1tsp dhaniya powder(coriander powder)
1tsp sambar powder (optional)
Oil for tempering
Mustard seeds

Cut brussels sprout as given in the pic. Do not cut them into halves, just cut them on the top. Boil it in 2 cups of water for 3-5 minutes. Remember, Brussels sprouts gets cooked very fast so make sure not to over cook them.
In a frying pan , add 2 tsp oil and fry mediumly chopped onions till the raw smell leaves.
After it cools down , grind the onions, chillies and ginger together.
In a sauce pan add tamarind water, turmeric and salt and bring it to boil. Add onion- chilli paste and tomato puree to it. Also add dhaniya powder and any other masala like garam masala or sambar powder if desired.Bring it to boil. When all the ingredients get blend together, add the brussels sprouts and let it cook for another 2-3 minutes. Make sure they don’t break. Temper it with mustard and asafoetida.
Serve with hot rice.

This is my contribution to Sushma’s Monthly Cooking Tipology . I contribute this recipe in the memory of my grandmother who was an amazing cook.

My Weekend trip

I had been to Sri Venkateswara Temple, Pittsburgh, PA. and New Vrindaban temple in West Virginia. Here are some pics of the New vrindaban temple. A disaster happened with my camera. The LCD of my camera got cracked, so I was disappointed and couldn’t take pics properly.

The Palace of Gold is a beautiful and must visit place. The place is very scenic and amazing. It was too cold for us to get out of the car so couldn’t enjoy the small pond and white peacocks. I had to take pics sitting in my car.

This is called the palace of Gold.

This is the glass painted celing of the temple.

Majestically carved doors

These are some beautiful hand paintings by devotees and some are from India.

This is the hand painted ceiling

This is teak-wood carved doors from India

This is the small pond with white ducks and peacocks. The cottages are for guests who visits.


Seema Bhat said...

Sharmi,I too feel just like you at times...some curries you just can't make it the way your mom makes it right? I have never cooked Brussels sprouts till date. Will get it next time. You must have had a holy weekend visiting all these beautiful temples. We have always wanted to go visit the Pittsburgh temple. But somehow didn't get an opportunity to go visit. Will do once my in laws come over. Thanx for sharing the pics.

Mishmash ! said...

Girl, I was reading your post when you left a comment on mine :)))I did enjoy all ur pics...loved those carvings, paintings, the temple...a serene place right...Infact, Pittsburgh is just 6 hrs from our place, but never been to this temple.Now I am all enamoured.

Well, the fabric u liked in my picture, thats actually a kerala saree, not a mundu, but u get mundu with such borders too :)


Mishmash ! said...

Sharmi, U can check out the asian or international stores for frozen banana leaves, I use them and its good.

Bong Mom said...

Such beautiful Pics. I have heard a lot about the Pittsburgh temple but never really visited it.

I have cooked Brussel sprouts but always a dr sabzi, never one with gravy

Prema Sundar said...

I do cook brussel sprouts but in a different way.. it looks dry without any gravy. Urs with gravy sounds different.
I too have never visited pittsburg but want to do it. After seeing ur pics want to go this year. Hope u had a wonderful time.

Viji said...

Sharmi, the dish looks so nice. Retain the original colour of the veggie. Your trip made us view the sacred place. Heard about this temple through relatives. Nice to see the pictures. Thanks for sharing. It was so wonderful. Viji

Roopa said...

thats a very good combination with gravy

Lovely photographs too!


Padmaja said...

one thing i can never eat is brussel sprouts, when i make roast chicken with veg i just add 1 or 2!!
but after looking at u'r curry, they look like any other veg u know!!
i guess i have to try u'r recipe now.
Thanks and looks like u had a wonderful time.
nice pictures!!

Menu Today said...

Hi Sharmi,
I like brussel sprouts in any form. Your curry looks nice.
Good pictures of temple.Thanks

Richa said...

hey sharmi, looks like you had a good vacation. I've never cooked brussel sprouts, somehow never dared to. Recipe looks nice & colorful

FH said...

Sorry about your camera!

Photos are gorgeous,we must make a trip there to Vrindavan!!Gorgeous.

I make a stir-fry with Brussels sprouts but curry looks like a great idea!Thanks girl:)

bee said...

just love those pis, sharmi. thanks for posting them, and the recipe.

Sabita Sagi said...

thanx a lot for the nice words

sunita said...

I don't know why but brussel sprouts just do'nt seem to find their way into my shopping trolley...your dish is really tempting me now...scenes of magnificence and opulence there in the temple...

Cynthia said...

Shrami, my best friend loves brussel sprouts. I will buy some and make your dish and invite her over, I am sure she will love it.

Those pictures of the temple look beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Surya Hith said...

sharmi,I like brussel sprouts but i never tried many recipes with them.This is a nice recipe to try in indian way.Thanks.
Loved your temple photos.Thanks for sharing.

Shivapriya said...

Beautiful pictures and Brussels Sprout curry looks great.

Pooja said...

pictures are so clear and nice. thanks for sharing.
brussels sprout curry is something new for me. will give it a try sometime . thanks for sharing

Aahaar Vihaar said...

Sprouts curry looks yummy. Will try it for sure. And the vrindavan temple just reminds me of India. The art work and the building is so inviting.

Anh said...

Oh my dear Sharmi, your visit to the temples was so wonderful! And the brussel sprout curry, too! I am terribly bad at cooking brussel sprout (can't appreciate its taste), but I may try to cook it again using your recipe. :)

Kajal said...

Hi Sharmi,
Good recipe. I never hard this recipe but it is very nice. Your grandmother is very creative mind. Good photo of your weekend visit. Beautiful temples and garden all this things.
Take care.:)))))

Sia said...

did u pray for me too? :) beautiful pics of iscon. bk in b'lore i used to visit iscon atleast once a month. did u have the pongal prasad? they taste heavenly isn't it? and before u start thinking, let me clarify one thing: i used to go there for
2.prasad (in that order:)

sra said...

Nice pix Sharmi, is this like a pulusu? How did you retain the green colour of the sprouts?

USHA said...

Hi Sharmi,

Brussels sprout curry sounds good, i need to try it.Marvellous picutes...and excellent paintings...

I heard manytime from all...lets see when i will get chance to enjoy those paintings and visit temple...

Sharmi said...

Dear Seema, You are very welcome!! You must visit these temples. It is a great experience.

Hey Shn, I have 2 kerala saris with me. thanks honey.

Thanks Sandu and prema. Must visit place.

Sharmi said...

Viji I retained the color by adding turmeric to it while boiling.thanks dear.

thanks Roopa.

Padma try this method you might like it.

Sharmi said...

Thanks MT, Richa, Asha, Bee, Sabit, Sunita, Cynthia, Surya, Priya, Pooja and AV.

Bubboo said...

Hi Sharmi,
You have a wonderful blog going here! Keep up the great work! I love the pics. We've been to Pittsburgh temple but, never to New Vrindaban...your pictures might be our inspiration to go there! Thanks for sharing.

Sharmi said...

Anh thanks dear.

Kajal thanks for the compliments.

Sia Believe it or not I always pray for evenybody's well being. the prashad part, I didnt get any may be because it was an off season. and its different form the b'lore temple as many are Americans here. so the Indian food is only at the canteen. It is a very isolated place so only during festivals it is lively there.

Sharmi said...

Thanks Sra, the green is from turmeric.

Thanks Usha.

Dear Vp, thanks for dropping by.

TNL said...

Hi Sharmi,
thanks so much for your kind words, yes, we're still under the weather..but it will pass. Lovely pictures there, truly beautiful. I do like Brussel Sprouts, I make a dry curry usually, your version looks great. Take care.


Sheela said...

Sharmi, thanks for stopping by... I love brussel sprouts and make it in a few different ways and was pleasantly surprised to see this recipe very close to what I like to do! And my, what wonderful pictures from your trip.

Richa said...

hey sharmi,
forgot to ask you if you were able to visit the restaurant that you were asking me about for the thali?

Padma said...

Sharmi, I never ever tried brussel sprouts, but you style has really inspired me for trying it out this time. Its looking really delicious!
and great snaps of Vrindavan....

Manjula said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. Me too first timer to your blog. Its lovely.

The temple in Pittsburgh is magnificent. Those pictures are breath taking.

Unknown said...

Hello Sharmi,

What a wonderful recipe.. I never tried Sambhar with Brussel sprouts..thats a beautiful combination..

I have heard a lot about the beauty and parsadam of Pittsburgh temple...the picture are gorgeous...

Thanxs dear for participating in the MCT event..


Reena said...


Reena said...

Oops! sorry my previous post went before even I typed anything:(.

Sharmi, Beautiful pictures. I never made any curry with brussels sprouts.

musical said...

Sharmi, the Brussels sprouts curry seems like a treat to the senses.....great, great recipe. this one is on my list, dear. Thanks for sharing such a chersished family recipe.

And the pictures of the Temple.....simply marvellous.....

Latha said...

Those are such lovely pictures Sharmi! I would love to come see the new vrindhaban temple.. it is so beautiful. thanks for the lovely pictures.

LERA said...

Beautiful..never got to see some of these paintings before.sharmi, you curry looks very delicious.

KF said...

Wow Pictures are Good!Your brussels curry looks delicious,I never get a chance to taste that..Can I take one spoon of that?

Sumitha said...

Wishing you and your family a very happy Vishu Sharmi!Krishnanu neivedyam vech kannum alle Sharmi?:)

Shilpa said...

heh heh, that's cute! This is my first time seeing a brussels sprout curry! How original! :)

Wow, I'm impressed that such a gigantic Hindu temple exists outside India!

Maneka Nirmal said...

hey ...happy vishu...hope u had a wonderful vishu .. i wish u a very happy and prosperous year ahead.

Simply Innocence said...

So lovely temples and paintings in pittsburg come with ur lovely brussels sprouts curry.

Pooja said...

sharmi i have been searching the net for a good recipe using Brussels...thanx a ton or posting this ! we just love this veggie and have been looking out for a good recipe ! hey i never knew that this veggie was available in India !

Unknown said...

I could eat this dish almost like a sambhar dish Sharmi - so good! Thanks for posting.

I had a huge batch of brussels sprouts that I bought on the stalk, and decided to serve this gravy dish of your's with Ina Gartens roasted brussels sprouts:

Can't wait to cook this for my family next!