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Tandoori Malai Broccoli | Easy Party Appetisers

As mentioned on my the Broccoli Pakoda and other Broccoli dishes, my little one is a great fan of Broccoli and (thankfully) unlike other picky kids, she prefers Broccoli at home or when eating out. So, we happened to sample this Tandoori Malai Broccoli at a new restaurant that had opened recently. Although Broccoli is not much (read, at all) relished by the husband and the elder one, we were all smitten with the flavours and the smoky nuttiness of the dish. 


On the way home, the younger one asked me to open my phone and check for the recipe ! Lol… And yes, she wanted to eat it again the next day and the next 🙂 I ignored her demands for a couple of days but finally made it the following weekend and it comes together pretty quickly and we loved it a LOT !!

Considering that broccoli is quite expensive, I made a small batch, but in season I am sure to make this pretty often.  This can be the next party pleaser at your home, and so do make it for any broccoli lovers at home and let me know how you like it. 

Today, along with Bakeathon we also play aroung with #PotluckRecipes on #FoodieMondayBloghop and I bet that this would be the talk of town 🙂 


More of these flourless / tandoori bakes on the blog that can work for your #potluck are:

Baked Gobi Manchurian
Idli Manchurian

Paneer Manchurian

Baked Cornflakes Chivda

Baked Falafels

Cajun Spiced Cheesy Aubergine Pizza

Cheesy Hasselback Potatoes

Baked Tandoori Veg Platter

Baked Shammi Kebabs

Baked Gobi Musallam

and many more dishes from the Mughlai Cuisine:

Dahi ke kabab

Nargisi Kofta Curry (Side dish for Rotis)

Paneer Bharwa Shimla Mirch

Cabbage Channadal Kofta Curry

Other Broccoli dishes on the blog:

Vegetarian Steamed Dimsums

Roasted Bell Pepper-Broccoli Salad with Feta and Orange Vinaigrette
Bolivian Purple Cabbage Salad with Broccoli (Vegan,GF)
Broccoli and Apple Garden Salad
Broccoli Pepper Corn Pizza
Lemony Broccoli Stir Fry
Stuffed Broccoli-Palak Parathas
Healthy Broccoli Soup

Loosely adapted from here

Tandoori Malai Broccoli 

GF snack (can be vegan too) ; course : appetiser/ sides

Cuisine : Indian Tandoori ; spice level : mild to medium

Prep time – 15 mins, Resting time – 30-45 mins, 

Baking time – 12~15 mins (varies from oven to oven) 

Serves : 2~3


What you need:

Tender, firm, green Broccoli – 200~220 grams

Hung yoghurt – 100 grams (slightly sour would work too

{vegans can use Vegan yoghurt , Cheese n Cream too with varied results}

Cream – 2 TBSP

Grated Processed Cheese – 3 TBSP (can add more if preferred)

Neutral oil – 2 T (divided use)

White pepper powder – 1/2 tsp (adjust spice)

Salt – to taste

Mace powder – 1/8 tsp

Cardamom powder – 1/8 tsp

Lemon juice – 1/2 tsp 



How to make:

Wash and cut broccoli to medium sized florets (don’t make them bite sized / tiny – the flavours will be lost)

In a pan, bring 4 cups of water to a rolling boil, add the broccoli. Blanch and place immediately in cold water to retain their crunch and colour. Drain throughly and pat them dry gently without breaking the florets. 

In a bowl, add all the other ingredients including half the oil and whisk well. Add the blanched and drained broccoli and gently coat the florets with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 30-45 mins. 

Towards the end of the marination, preheat oven to 170C.  place the marinated broccoli gently on a lined baking pan. Bake for 12~15 mins, and broil for the last 1 min, keeping an eye on them constantly. 

Serve with mint chutney and/or salad and lemon wedges.

Sending this to #FoodieMondayBloghop week #174 under Potluck dishes as suggested by @PreetiPrasad as well as #Bakeathon2018

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  1. vaishali sabnani

    The tandoori broccoli looks fantastic , I am not a great fan of broccoli , but this is one version that I like and order in restaurants . It is really delicious and sounds super simple to make .
    Excellent share !

  2. Those broccoli starters look so good and its still fantastic knowing your loves such a healthy one..:)

  3. Yummmm! I'm a big fan of well-done Tandoori Malai Broccoli. Yours look just perfect!

  4. Gayathri Kumar

    What a healthy treat. I could do the same with cauliflower as we are getting some beautiful cauliflowers now. The cheese and cream would make this a sensational dish.

  5. Priya Suresh

    Tandoori malai broccoli, while reading the name itself its tempts me a lot, what a fabulous idea to make tandoori style dishes with broccoli. Brilliant.

  6. Nalini's Kitchen

    Such a healthy and guilt free snack cum appetizer.

  7. Totally love your baked broccoli… looks so crunchy and so full of flavor!

  8. Baked broccoli looks so tempting. Perfect starter for party. Healthy as well as delicious.

  9. Kalyani, my daughter is exactly like your little one. She would go Gaga over this baked broccoli. I am going to try this for her some time soon.


    This whole platter is for me Kalyani.I love tandoori broccoli, but sadly there is no taker of broccoli in my home. So I don't make it and just depend on some restaurant food only to satiate myself. Lovely share… I'll make it now for myself ????

  11. Mayuri Patel

    Enjoying broccoli in the form of tandoori broccoli sounds so delicious. With cheese and yogurt, so different.

  12. This looks super yum. My son will definitely as a snack.

  13. This looks super yum. My Son will definitely love it as a snack.

  14. Tandoori Broccoli bites look so yumm, perfect for potluck!! Easy to make, healthy and delicious!!

  15. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    Oh yumm kalyani, tandori broccoli looks inviting! A perfect starter for parties!

  16. mildly indian

    Wow tandoori items are such a treat.I am not so sure how much it will survive on the way if i take to a potluck as i am sure i will just keep eating just one more each time. superb share

  17. Poonam Bachhav

    Broccoli is a happy veggie in my family. I just look for different ways of adding it to our diet. Your tandoori version would be a super hot at my place for sure. Thanks for the share.

  18. CookwithRenu

    This looks so yummy and delicious and with all that spices is sure to please anyone. Glad that your little one insisted, we have a new dish.

  19. Varada's Kitchen

    Lovely recipe Kalyani. It would be a hit in my house. I have to try it.

  20. Vidya Narayan

    This is one of our go to low cal meal dinner option at home and quite filling too with a bowl of soup. Your little one is exactly like my husband, broccoli fan. count your blessings, the child is eating healthy veggies without fuss.

  21. I remember once we had this in Hotel Leela palace and have been ever since then wanting to bake this. Now that I have got your recipe, will surely bake this. Lovely share Kal

  22. Chef Mireille

    I love all broccoli recipes and this looks fantastic!

  23. Suma Gandlur

    This tandoori twist to broccoli sounds interesting. Must be quite good too, going by your little one's demands.

  24. Tandoori with broccoli sounds interesting and looks yummy. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Tandoori Malai Broccoli are looking so so tempting dear Kalyani !!! How can a fussy eater can deny to have these   Awesome pick for theme

  26. Here I was thinking I commented.
    I love the taste Kalyani n I am sure it will be really enjoyed at home so will try it out

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