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Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe Vegetarian

Broccoli Thoran Kerala Style Recipe, Stir Fried Broccoli Florets

This easy vegetarian/vegan broccoli stir fry recipe with coconut and spices, is super easy to prepare and you can enjoy this as a side dish with brown rice or white rice along with other side dishes. Stir fried broccoli with coconut is also known as broccoli thoran in Kerala, South India. This broccoli stir fry or broccoli thoran also makes a yummy side dish (without gravy) for chapathi or poori.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword broccoli thoran
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 144kcal


  • 1 medium sized broccoli head
  • 1 cup Grated or shredded coconut
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Crushed fresh garlic or dried garlic flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Garam masala powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt

For seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin seeds (or use black mustard seeds)
  • 2 Dried Red chilies


  • Wash the broccoli, separate the florets. Clean the florets again in fresh water and slice into medium sized pieces if needed (do not make small, as the broccoli tastes good when its not chopped too small).
  • Heat oil in a wide bottomed pan or skillet, and add the cumin seeds.
  • When the cumin seeds starts to splutter, add the red chilies, and fry for few seconds.
  • Now add the broccoli florets and salt and stir fry in high heat for about 2 minutes, stirring in between using a good spatula.
  • Reduce the heat to low and stir fry by letting them cook for about 4 to 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Add the grated coconut and spices - turmeric powder, red chili powder and garam masala powder, gently mix and fry for another two minutes.
  • Simple broccoli stir fry recipe is ready to serve! Enjoy for lunch or dinner with cooked brown rice (or white rice) or quinoa or bread and beans, or you can enjoy this as a simple side dish with chapathi or poori.


You may chop the broccoli florets into small pieces if you wish, which will reduce the cooking time even further. I prefer the florets to be used in this way by using the florets as they are or by cutting a bit to make them medium sized, as they are more crunchy in texture that way.
You can also add your favorite spices if you wish, some nice additions would be crushed black pepper, curry powder, oregano powder etc.


Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 22.1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.8mg