Chicken with Broccoli

The recipe for today has been sent in by Trevor Martil and I am sharing it at Fiesta Friday. I shared his mother’s savoury rice dish recipe last week.

I also felt like sharing some lovely Hindi movie music today from movies released within this decade but set in decades past. The first clip is from V.V.Chopra’s movie Parineeta (translation: The married woman, 2005), an adaptation of a 1914 Bengali novella starring Vidya Balan and Saif Ali Khan. The music was composed by Shantanu Moitra and the playback singers of this song are Sonu Nigam and Shreyal Ghoshal.

The second clip is from Anurag Basu’s movie Barfi! (2012), starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz. Set in the 70s, the music was composed by Pritam and this particular song has been sung by Shafqat Amanat Ali.

The last clip is from V.Motwane’s movie Lootera (translation: Robber, 2013), set in the 50s and based on O.Henry’s 1907 short story ‘The last leaf,’ starring Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha. The music for this song has been composed and sung by Amit Trivedi.

Hope you enjoyed the lovely songs and do let me know if you try out this recipe!

Chicken with Broccoli and Spinach

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 chicken breast
  • 150g broccoli
  • 100g spinach leaves
  • onions
  • ginger paste and garlic paste (Trevor’s mother prefers using the Sri Lankan MD brand)
  • 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce (Again, Trevor’s mother has mentioned the MD brand)
  • oil, for tempering
  • chili powder
  • turmeric
  • cumin seeds
  • fresh ginger and garlic, to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Grind the cumin seeds, ginger, garlic and 50g spinach leaves to a paste. Keep aside.
  2. Cut chicken into large pieces, marinate in ginger and garlic paste and sauce for 30 minutes.
  3. Allow to cook in own juice.
  4. Add oil and stir-fry, adding the chopped onions.
  5. Add ground ingredients, the remaining spinach and the broccoli.
  6. Add 1/2 cup milk together with chili powder and turmeric as per your taste. Allow to simmer.
  7. Serve with steamed rice.

Recipe source: Trevor Martil.

18 thoughts on “Chicken with Broccoli

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  2. I always enjoy your music videos – the pictures as much as the music. Does the second one refer to the sweet of the same name by any chance, or is there another meaning?
    Your recipe as always sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing it with all of us at Fiesta Friday.

    • Hi Hilda, thank you for co-hosting the fiesta this week. I am glad you enjoy the music videos. The name of the movie in the second one actually does not refer to the sweet ‘barfi’ but rather how the main character (Ranbir Kapoor), who has a speech disability, had pronounced his name ‘Murphy’ as ‘Barfi’ as a child and it stuck. It is a very sweet movie though 🙂

  3. The recipe looks delicious Ahila 🙂 Flavors and spices (what I like the most in a dish). Every Friday I enjoy your videos, thank you for sharing. I don’t know how many times I saw Devdas 🙂 Love the music of this superb movie. Have a great weekend!

    • Thank you, Linda 🙂 Do watch Lootera and Barfi if you haven’t watched either of the movies yet. They are lovely movies with really nice songs.

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