Here’s another favorite in our house using the dynamic duo of cashews and cumin, tossed with ghee. The combination also works magic on roasted cauliflower or carrots. For a fragrant and colorful side dish, toss roasted carrots, cauliflower and broccoli together and increase the cashews, cumin and ghee accordingly. Enjoy!! ;o) —AntoniaJames
1 pound broccoli, trimmed: cut stems into small chunks and break florets into bite-sized bits
Olive oil for roasting the broccoli
½ cup raw cashews
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 tablespoon ghee or butter, melted, (or more olive oil, to make this dairy free)
Heat your oven to 400 degrees. Put a large sheet pan in at the same time to heat, while you prep the broccoli. When the oven and sheet pan are good and hot, tip the broccoli (which you've tossed with a healthy pinch of salt) onto the hot baking sheet. Roast for 15 minutes, turning once. (It may take up to 20 minutes, depending on your oven, the size and age of your broccoli, etc.)
While the broccoli is roasting, toast the cashews in a small skillet until a warm brown in color. Remove immediately from the pan, lest they burn, and chop them coarsely, while still warm, with a large knife.
Toast the cumin seeds in the same skillet until just fragrant. Remove immediately from the pan and crush briefly using a mortar and pestle, or by pulsing a few times in an electric spice mill.
Toss the roasted broccoli with the melted ghee. Then, toss with the cashews and cumin.
Test for salt and add more, if necessary. Sprinkle on some freshly ground pepper, too, to taste, and a handful of toasted sesame seeds, if desired.
Serve warm, with a smile. I hope you enjoy this. ;o)
NB: This is also wonderful stirred into cooked brown basmati or wild rice, with just a touch more ghee and salt to taste.
When I'm not working (negotiating transactions for internet companies), or outside enjoying the gorgeous surroundings here in the San Francisco Bay Area, I'm likely to be cooking, shopping for food, planning my next culinary experiment, or researching, voraciously, whatever interests me. In my kitchen, no matter what I am doing -- and I actually don't mind cleaning up -- I am deeply grateful for having the means to create, share with others and eat great food. Life is very good. ;o)