indian-spiced broccoli & tenderloin steak

Here's an easy week-night meal that tastes like it was more complicated than it really was.  This meal was on the table in about 30 minutes, easily do-able with just a little pre-planning (to make sure your steak is defrosted).  This recipe is definitely an adaptation from my Jamie Oliver cookbook.  I thought I had all the spices I needed (and I didn't check before I did my weekly grocery shopping) so when looking through my spice cupboard I was surprised when there weren't any fennel seeds, so I improvised.  I did have a bag of pickling spice blend, left-over from Trev's pickle-making in the summer.  It had a variety of seeds in it (predominantly coriander, I think), so I decided to use it as a substitute.  It seemed to work out just fine for this recipe.  Sometimes you just have to go with what you have!

Indian-spiced Broccoli & Tenderloin Steak

  • 2 bunches broccoli, separated into florettes
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • juice and zest from one lemon
  • 4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4 tsp pickling spice blend
  • salt & pepper
  • pinch of chili pepper
  • tenderloin steak

First, toast the cumin seeds and pickling spice blend over high heat for about 2 minutes, until the spices are fragrant.  Crush the spices into a fine powder using a mortar and pestle or spice grinder.  Use about 1/2 of the spice mixture as a rub on the steak and set aside.

Blanch the broccoli in boiling water, drain it well, then spread the broccoli on a baking sheet and broil on high for a few minutes.  Broil the broccoli until it gets some nice charred bits.  While the broccoli is cooking mix up the yogurt sauce by stirring the yogurt, lemon juice, lemon zest, 2 tbsp of spice mixture and a pinch of chili powder together in a small bowl.  You can adjust the sauce by adding more lemon or spice mix.  Season with salt & pepper to taste.

Also, while the broccoli is cooking preheat the BBQ.  Grill the steaks for about 4 minutes per side (for medium rare - also depending on the thickness of your steaks).  Serve up the steak and the broccoli with some yogurt sauce spooned over top. 

Recipe adapted from Cook with Jamie