#VeganRamadan: Ditch those side dishes for wholesome sesame broccoli

#VeganRamadan: Ditch those side dishes for wholesome sesame broccoli
Broccoli sucks, but only when you don't make it properly!
3 min read
15 May, 2019
Sesame soy broccoli [ig:@flowerknafeh]

I know, you're probably cringing at broccoli. I remember growing up hating it for so many reasons: it's taste, texture, the fact that it looked like a weird tree, you name it.

But what I came to learn is that broccoli can be gross, but only in the way chicken can be – if it's left bland and not cooked well. No one likes bland chicken, so why do we not follow the same rule with our vegetables?

So with this recipe, I urge you to give a chance even if you hate broccoli.

I'm using tenderstem broccoli, which has a bit more phosphorus, manganese and calcium, making it amazing for your bones. I'm also generally quite lazy and don't see the point in cutting up a broccoli head when I can just buy it in chunks already. It has a softer taste than regular broccoli and I find putting it in sandwiches is my favourite thing ever.

If you want to use regular broccoli, this recipe works too. You just need to cook the broccoli for a bit longer. General rule is you should be able to poke a fork through the broccoli, but still feel a bit of a crunch.

This can either be a starter, or can be served as a side dish in replacement to oh-so-popular deep fried samosas which everyone promises to cut out for Ramadan, but somehow find them back on the table.

Enough talking, let's get started.


200g tenderstem broccoli
½ teaspoon of sesame seeds
1 tablespoon of soy sauce (approx. add more to taste)
750ml boiling water (or enough water to cover the broccoli in the pan)


1. We're going to start off by toasting the sesame seeds, so put them in the pot that you're planning on cooking the broccoli in and cook on medium heat for around 3 minutes until they start to toast. Remove and set aside.

2. Add the water in the pot and bring to a boil if it hasn't already been boiled in a kettle and then add the broccoli.

3. Simmer the broccoli for 4 minutes and make sure it stays on medium heat. If you find the water is boiling more fiercely than a few small bubbles every two seconds, lower the heat so you don't overcook the broccoli.

4. Drain the broccoli and add to a serving dish

5. Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the broccoli and drizzle the soy sauce

Enjoy and let me know what you think!

Check out our #VeganRamadan series here.