October 9, 2019

Sesame Broccoli Fried Rice | Gluten Free, Vegan One Pot Meal

One Pot Meals are so fuss free, kid friendly and with some prior prep, can be put together in a jiffy even on weekday mornings for the school lunchbox. As I have mentioned on many of my broccoli dish recipes, the little one is really fond of broccoli in most forms - Baked Casserole, Soup, Pulav, pizza, Tandoori broccoli and even in cutlets. Thanks to her, I too get to eat one of my most favourite veggies.

Today's dish is inspired from Poonam's blog which has an amazing collection of kid-friendly recipes. As I was paired with her for this edition of Recipe Swap Challenge, I narrowed down 2-3 recipes which were doable during the busy Navratri week as well as with the kids' exams going on. Recipe Swap is a group where the paired bloggers cook from each other's blogs. 

This quick Broccoli vegetable rice amped up with veggies caught my eye. I have modified that version slightly in an Indo Chinese fashion to make it more appealing for my kid as well as added some sesame for that nutrition boost. 


Prep time - 15 mins, Cook time - 15 mins, serves - 2

Ingredients: (1 cup = 200 ml)
Long grained rice - 2/3 cup
Broccoli florets - 1/2 cup 
Chopped veggies - beans, carrots - 1/2 cup - blanched slightly with salt
Bell peppers - 1/4 medium, diced
Onion - lengthwise sliced
Garlic - 1 large pod, minced
Ginger- 1 inch, grated
Soya Sauce - 1/2 tsp
Cashewnuts  - few (halved/ chopped coarse)
Salt - to taste
Oil - 2 tsp (I used sesame oil)
Slit green chillies - 1 or 2 (adjust spice) - I didn't add
Crushed Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
Roasted sesame seeds - 1 tsp (for garnish)

Wash, soak and cook the long grained rice as per packet instructions or how you would cook for a pula. Fluff them up with a fork and let it cool.
Meanwhile, in a heavy bottomed pan, add the oil. saute onions and garlic till onions turn soft and translucent. Now add the green chillies, bell peppers, ginger , saute them well. Add the broccoli, blanched veggies and keep tossing them on high flame. once the broccoli begins to char a bit, add the cashews, soya sauce and toss well. 
Now add salt, cooked rice and crushed black pepper. Give it one final toss. Sprinkle roasted sesame seeds and serve hot. If packing for the lunch box, add the sesame seeds just before packing. 


  1. Broccoli is a happy veggie in my house too. Loved your indo Chinese version and addition of sesame seeds in this broccoli rice. Thanks for trying out my recipe.

    1. yes, happy veggie here too :) thanks for the reference recipe, Poonam !

  2. We love broccoli at our place too, and are always looking for new ways to use it. This Broccoli Rice looks delicious, right up our alley! :)

    It's almost like Vegetable Fried Rice, right?

    1. yes, Priya ! veggie fried rice with a delicious, healthy twist. we are broccoli lovers too !

  3. Broccoli fried rice looks so delicious and flavorful. Sesame seeds definitely gives a lovely aroma and taste. Superb share.

  4. So delicious and so quick to make. This recipe will be a great one for lunch boxes. I love the sesame garnish. That will add a beautiful flavor and crunch :)

    1. yes, Sandhya. real quick to make for lunch boxes, especially

  5. Broccoli fried rice looks so delicious and very quick recipe. This is my favourite, and your version sounds so good loved the appealing sesame seeds on top.

    1. Thanks Jolly ! one of our favourites, too !

  6. Broccoli fried rice !!! Sounds really so delicious and also seems much quick recipe. Use of sesame seeds must be adding a nice crunch and flavor in each bite

    1. yes the sesame seeds adds a punch and a crunch :)

  7. I often make fried rice with leftover rice! It is such an easy and delicious way to make a new dish from leftovers! Love your mix of vegetables and also I normally add roasted peanuts but I will definitely try with cashew and sesame!

    1. yes, Ashima.. Leftovers work best with this. And the added advantage of using many veggies too !

  8. I love Broccoli fried rice . A perfect one pot meal that is loved by my family. Loved the addition of sesame seeds and bell peppers.

  9. Delicious one pot meal. We like broccoli n kiddo sees to it that it disappears in raw form. The addition of sesame seed is definitely thumbs up from me.


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