Recipe: Brussels Sprouts with Seeds and Toasted Coconut


This is the season for great brussel sprouts, and I've seen lots of great recipes for them. I decided to take my sprouts in an Indian direction the other night. It is pretty simple, I just shredded them and pan fried them with black mustard, black caraway, and cumin seeds, and toasted coconut. This dish is vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. I served it with basmati rice, aloo gobi (potato and cauliflower curry), cucumber raita (yogurt sauce) and papadums.

Mustard and brussels sprouts are both in the brassica family, so the seeds really complement the flavor. The key, as always with anything in the cabbage world is not to overcook them, otherwise you will bring out unpleasant sulfury flavors.

Fresh green chilis, ginger, garlic, or onions would all be welcome additions to this dish.

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Brussels Sprouts with Seeds and Coconut
Serves 4 as a side dish
Vegetarian, vegan if you use oil instead of butter, and gluten-free

  • 3 c. brussel sprouts, trimmed and sliced thin
  • 2 T. ghee or 1 T. butter and 1 T. oil
  • 2 T. urad dal (optional)
  • 1 T. black mustard seeds
  • 2 t. black caraway seeds (regular caraway is ok in a pinch)
  • 2 t. cumin seeds
  • 1/2 c. shredded unsweetened coconut, toasted to light brown (I'm sure fresh would be even better)
  • 2 t. kosher salt
  • 2 t. jaggery or brown sugar
  • 2 t. garam masala
  • fresh lime or lemon juice (to taste)
  1. Microwave or steam the brussel sprouts for 4 minutes so they are nearly tender.
  2. In a large skillet over high heat, melt the ghee or butter and oil
  3. If you have ural dal (a type of Indian split pea) available, fry it until it starts to turn reddish brown (a couple minutes). This adds an additional crunchy element.
  4. Add the mustard, caraway, and cumin seeds and fry until the mustard seeds pop for a few seconds
  5. Add the brussel sprouts and stir-fry until cooked through (2 minutes)
  6. Add the remaining ingredients, toss, and check seasoning



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Posted by Michael Natkin on Tuesday, December 18th, 2007 in Recipes, Side Dishes, Vegan or Modifiable.

4 Responses to “Recipe: Brussels Sprouts with Seeds and Toasted Coconut”

  1. Reply
    December 25, 2007 at 10:36 am #

    I add onions, chopped, about 3/4 cups, finely chopped, and add it, after step 4, then add 1/2 tsp ground ginger or 1tsp ginger- garlic paste, and a pod of red chilli,broken into bits. I don’t like the sweet flavor, so no brown sugar. 1 tsp of lime juice at the very end, adds flavor

  2. Reply
    Michael Natkin
    December 25, 2007 at 1:54 pm #

    Yes, very good point about adding lime (or lemon) juice at the end! I did that too but forgot to put it in the recipe, and it makes a big difference. I’ll go back and edit for future readers.


  3. Reply
    October 13, 2014 at 9:32 am #

    I like this recipe, it’s the one from the Hare Krishna’s book, isn’t it?

    • Reply
      October 13, 2014 at 10:09 am #

      I came up with it myself, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if there was a similar one in a Hare Krishna cookbook. The vibe is definitely similar to Indian cabbage stir fries I’ve seen before, and Brussels sprouts are tiny cabbages :).

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