I go through periods when I can eat the same food, months on end. I grew up on an Indian diet and I loved it. Indian food is one of the most varied food on the planet I think. But, even if it wasn’t, I could not get enough of it. And when the cook is mom, then well, what’s to complain.
And then I went to America! By myself for the first time, all alone, never cooked in my life, I discovered pasta. And I’m not kidding, but I ate pasta for an entire year! No jokes. I loved it that much. I think I have an addictive personality, only the funny thing is that it doesn’t extend to the smoking drinking area but only with certain kinds of food. Who knows what that is all about!
These days the food hero in my life is the brussel sprout. I had never seen it before I came to Holland (maybe because I was only in the pasta section in the US!) and like the un-adventurous person in food I am/was/continue to be, my first reaction was to turn up my nose to it. I mean its green for Gods sake. Everything green, growing up was evil! Since then, however, I have fallen in love with it and you will see me using it more and more. I mean I used it in a smoothie!
It is a super food in its own right and I added another super food to it to make it super super healthy. You can eat it as a side dish but it is quite filling by itself. Make a large batch and save for lunches or eat it in one go, whatever you please.
My taste palette runs towards the bitter and I love my food a little charred. So I decided to roast/grill my brussel sprouts, threw in a very Indian spice (sesame seeds), a few glugs of olive oil and a sprinkling of goji berries and I was good to go.
- 250 grams brussel sprouts
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- ¼ cup goji berries
- 4-5 tbsps olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Wash and half the brussel sprouts. Dry roast the sesame seeds in a non stick pan on medium high heat, for about 3-4 minutes. When you see them brown slightly, immediately remove and put in a bowl.
- In a large pan, heat one tablespoon of olive and fry the onions, till golden brown and nicely caramelized. This will take some 5-7 minutes on high heat. Keep a close eye or they could get burnt. Set aside.
- In the same pan add some more of the remaining olive oil and roast the brussel sprouts face down and then flip. Each side should take about 3-4 minutes on high heat.
- Once all the brussel sprouts are done, add the onions back in. Add the toasted sesame seeds and add the goji berries last. Toss and stir for a minute and its done!
- Season with salt and pepper.