Brussels sprouts! A perfect vegetable of this cold season, cooked in a way my Indian ancestors would be proud of! Brussels sprouts are well known here in Holland and everybody makes them in their own way. Spiced up and seasoned with a bit of masala, chili, garlic and onions,this isn’t your ordinary sprouts dinner. This is my lovely exotic version for your cold November days!
I have got to be honest though. I didn’t grow up with Brussels sprouts. When I was 7 years old, I read about it in one of my favorite children’s book about two Dutch siblings called Wouter (3) and Mieke (5) who reminded me so much of my brother and me because of their age and looks.. Mieke was at an age at which her brother always annoyed her. One day, their mother had cooked Brussels sprouts for dinner. The fact that Wouter loved his sprouts dinner was too much for Mieke. She actually got angry with Wouter for liking sprouts so much and telling her that with a happy face. That particular passage in the book aroused my curiosity. What did these sprouts taste like? Sweet? Bitter? Soft or crunchy? I could only imagine. My mother never cooked these ‘little cabbages’ as my uncle calls them or at least I don’t remember she did.
I think I tried Brussel Sprouts for the very first time at one of my favorite lunch places where they had a salad bar. One of the warm dishes was Brussels sprouts made with red chili peppers and I loved it! When I told my mom, she said that she loved it too but almost never made them. From then on Brussels sprouts were made often in our home usually with a bit of garlic and onions like we often cook our food. I regularly buy Brussels sprouts myself. Sometimes I cook them in my home made sauce of soy sauce, tomato and lemon juice but this time I used a typical Indian masala mix of cumin, turmeric, coriander and black pepper for the color and taste. My father loves masala in almost all of his dinners so this time I made the sprouts in his favorite manner. Sometimes I am really sweet, I guess 😉 I have also added some cinnamon, grated carrots and cherry tomatoes. My cousin who joined us for dinner loved it and she loved how simple vegetables such as sprouts and carrots can taste so flavorful if you use the right spices. Read on for this delicious exotic version of Brussels Sprouts!