Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 10 mins

This is an extremely flavourful curry. Vegetarians can use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. Kids really like this too (with less pepper). Serve with basmati as a side to a more elaborate dinner, or alone, for a simple meal.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat butter in saucepan and saute onions until well browned.
  2. Add chili powder, pepper, cumin, coriander and turmeric.
  3. Stir and cook, 1 minute.
  4. Add lentils, lemon juice, broth and coconut if using.
  5. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 45-55 minutes (if mixture is too thick, you may need to add a little hot water).
  6. Steam broccoli for 7 minutes.
  7. Plunge broccoli in cold water and set aside.
  8. Remove 1/3 cup of liquid from the lentil mixture.
  9. Add to flour to form a smooth paste.
  10. Return to pan; add broccoli, salt and nuts if using.
  11. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  12. Serve over Basmati rice.
Most Helpful

We love this recipe and make it quite regularly. Instead of using butter or ghee I generally use 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, or margarine. I have substituted 2 teaspoons of garam masala for the black pepper and chili powder, and added a 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne. I too use 4 cups of water, and don't bother adding any flour. We prefer to omit the coconut and the added salt, but include the cashews. Thanks for posting such a delcious and healthy recipe!

Marina K November 07, 2007

This is such a unique way to cook broccoli! The only change I made was to use cornstarch to thicken up the sauce instead of flour. Hope this is helpful to those who want a gluten-free version of this recipe.

SharonChen May 09, 2015

Delicious recipe! I really enjoyed this for dinner last night. I served with the basmati, but I think next time I would serve without. I used No Chicken Broth (vegetarian chicken broth substitute) and this worked fine, as well as the optional coconut and cashews. I did not change the spice combinations. I especially loved the broccoli in this dish. I would have this again. Thanks!

Dr. Jenny October 29, 2013