Grilled Broccoli? Yum! Grilled Cauliflower? Delicaso! Tandoori masala? Oh yes! My dinner yesterday was a triple treat with the three coming together with a spicy cabbage  salad & homemade whole wheat tortillas (Phulkas). And, it was all super healthy, just about 200 calories per serving. Oh, did I mention that it was Deee-lectable? Because, it was indeed.

Grilled Broccoli Kebabs

So…. I am trying to eat healthy. Not for any particular reason, just for general well-being. Being the foodie that I am and with food blogging added, it is almost impossible for me to go on a crash diet or skip any meal in general. Portion control and gorging on my favorite veggies is something I can do without the blink of an eye.

Translated, you will probably be seeing salad and soup recipes more often on the blog! From my experience, I have realized that the key to healthy eating is keeping your refrigerator full at all times. There is nothing that inspires you to cook healthy than having fresh ingredients staring right at you!

Tandoori marinade

Well, my latest trip to the grocery resulted in some excessive vegetable shopping. Shopping does that to a woman, wouldn’t you say? 😛 Anyways, I for one cannot resist when it comes to farm fresh vegetables. There is a voice screeching in my head, “Take this one! Take that one too!” If you know me, you would know it is hard get away from that voice. Ask my husband. 😀

With the huge broccoli cauliflower and cabbage heads not being able to fit into my tiny fridge, I had to improvise. Behold! Tandoori masala marinated, grilled broccoli and cauliflower kebabs were born! They had a cabbage salad twin born a few seconds later! (Pardon my poor sense of humor :P)

Vegetable kebabs

Never having played with Indian masala and broccoli, grilled broccoli was a huge success! Just like cauliflower, the grilled broccoli had absorbed the flavors of the marinade very well and they maintained their crunch after grilling which is the key to any good vegetable kebab recipe.

While you can enjoy this with rice too, wrapping them up in a tortilla (left over phulkas-Indian whole wheat tortillas, in my case) with freshly onions and cabbage/lettuce will cause your mouth to explode with deliciousness!

Grilled Broccoli kabab

If you are looking for other cauliflower recipes, do check these out:

Orange Cauliflower

Mazedaar Gobhi

Aloo Gobhi

Here is the recipe for:

Grilled Broccoli and Cauliflower Kebabs


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Serves: 2-3



    Vegetables required
  • Skewers
  • 1 1/2 cup medium sized broccoli florets
  • 1 1/2 cup medium sized cauliflower florets
  • 3/4 bell peppers, cut into 1 inch squares (capsicum)
  • 3/4 cup tomato, deseeded and cut into 1 inch squares
  • For the tandoori masala
  • 3 tbsp chickpea flour (besan)
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to season


  1. Soak bamboo skewers in water for at least 30 minutes, to prevent them from burning in the oven.
  2. Blanch the broccoli and cauliflower to aid faster cooking.
  3. This is how the blanching is done: Add the broccoli and cauliflower florets into a pot of boiling water seasoned with a tsp of salt. After about 30-45 seconds, drain the florets and dunk them into cold water (very cold). Drain again and dry them out with a paper towel.
  4. Meanwhile, whisk all ingredients for the marinade, together in a bowl.
  5. Add the broccoli, cauliflower, tomato and bell peppers into the marinade.
  6. Mix well to coat all the veggies with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 30-45 min.
  7. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  8. Skewer marinated veggies. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Bake for about 15 min.
  9. Turn the broiler on and cook for about 2-3 min or until the veggies are slightly charred. Flip the skewers around and broil for another 2 min.
  10. Serve hot with pita bread, tortillas or rice and a salad.

My Take:

The veggies can include mushrooms, baby corn and paneer too.

The spice levels can be adjusted to suit your taste.

Yummily Yours’


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  1. Super delicious,Prash. I would love this as a side for steamed basmati rice.

  2. Thank you Prash for visiting my space. I have been at your blog before.. I love this idea of grilling the broccoli. This idea is registered in back of my head,sure to come handy someday.

  3. The recipe sounded so simple and delicious I couldnt wait to try and I made it today. However I couldnt quite get the charring on the veggies and also that the besan coating felt rather raw. Can you please let me know what might’ve gone wrong . Thanks

    • Hi Neetha,
      May I know what you used, to grill the veggies? If it is a regular oven, a longer time on the broiler helps get the charring and eliminating the raw tastes. Hope it works for you next time 🙂

      • Hello Prashanthi,
        Thanks for the response. I used the regular oven to grill the veggies which might be the root cause as you mentioned .
        I’d try it with a longer duration the next time, thanks again.

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