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Baked Curry-Spiced Indian Brussels Sprouts (Vegan, Paleo)

These crispy Baked Indian Brussels Sprouts come together in under half an hour, with a sweet undertone & a simple, savory blend of spices. They make for the perfect weeknight side dish to dress up a plain main!

About this recipe

Cancer-Fighting Properties: Brussels sprouts and histamine intolerance actually go very well together, and it’s overall a very healthy food. Not only is it high in fiber and antioxidants, but it’s also a rich source of nutrients like vitamins C & K, folate, and sulforaphane, all of which play a role in the body’s methylation pathways (essential for proper detox).

Easy Low Histamine Side. One thing I constantly look for is new low histamine side dishes to add to my favorites list. These low histamine brussels are crunchy, savory, salty, and satisfying.

Indian Spiced Brussels Sprouts: while these aren’t modelled after any particular Indian dish, the flavors that come together in the spice blend are fully inspired by the many Indian dishes I grew up making with my mom.

Ingredients

Brussels Sprouts: these small green spheres are a member of the cancer-fighting brassica family of vegetables. Its ill-gotten reputation for being stinky comes from those very same sulfurous anti-cancer properties.

Fresh Garlic: using fresh raw garlic adds an umami element to the brussels that really complements meats and root vegetables as well as brassica (like brussels sprouts).

Indian Spices: this blend of antihistamine spices is both delicious and very good for you. The turmeric, cumin, coriander seed, nigella seeds, ginger, mustard powder, and amchur come together to hit all 5 of the major tastes, balancing out into a delicious homemade curry sauce for the brussels sprouts.

Lemon Juice: while some people have issues with lemon juice, most people tolerate it, especially in such small quantities, and it’s a great source of vitamin C. Here it’s optional, but helps balance out the overall flavor of the brussels and cut through the fried outside, though if you can’t tolerate lemon juice, make sure you use sumac or tamarind juice.

How to make Indian brussels sprouts: step-by-step instructions

Step 1. Preheat the oven or toaster oven to 425°F (220°C).

Step 2. Wash the brussels sprouts thoroughly, and then chop off the bottoms just enough to peel off individual leaves. Peel off several leaves from each sprout, or enough that the leaves no longer easily peel off.

Step 3. Chop the remaining sprouts in half, then put them with all the leaves into a mixing bowl. If your brussels sprouts still have a fair amount of water clinging to them, line a baking tray with a piece of aluminum foil and add your sprouts, then out them in the preheating oven for 2-3 minutes. They’ll be slightly wilted and greener, but dry enough to fry rather than steam.

Step 4. Wash and mince your cloves of garlic, then measure all your spices (turmeric, cumin, coriander, nigella seeds, ginger, mustard & amchur), and add them to the mixing bowl along with the oil, salt, and coconut sugar.

Step 5. Toss together all the ingredients (except the lemon juice) until evenly coated, then pour them onto the baking tray and put them in the oven. Do NOT clean the mixing bowl, yet.

Step 6. Bake for 5 minutes on convection, then move them around and turn the tray to ensure even baking. Cook for 4 more minutes, then take them out again and remove any leaves that are crispy and somewhat browned, then return them to the oven for 3 more minutes.

Step 7. Once you’ve removed the tray from the oven, immediately transfer the sprouts back into your mixing bowl and toss them all with lemon juice (if using). Try one bite and add extra salt as needed. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe notes & tips

Don’t Burn! Make sure to keep an eye on your brussels during the last couple minutes of cooking, because that’s when they’re crisping up the most (or possibly eventually burning).

Air Fryer Indian Brussels Sprouts: if you want to make these Indian brussels sprouts in the air fryer, simply follow all the same directions except on 375°F (190°C) in the air fryer for the same amount of time. I recommend eating only as much as you’ll eat that day, rather than freezing or refrigerating any leftovers.

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Curry-Spiced Indian Brussels Sprouts (Vegan)

Curry-Spiced Indian Brussels Sprouts (Vegan)

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 17 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Crispy curry-flavored Indian brussels sprouts with a sweet undertone & savory blend of spices.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound brussels sprouts, washed & trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons high-heat oil of choice
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander seed
  • 1 teaspoon whole nigella seeds (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon amchur powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice (optional, alt tamarind juice)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven or toaster oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Wash the brussels sprouts thoroughly, and then chop off the bottoms just enough to peel off individual leaves. Peel off several leaves from each sprout, or enough that the leaves no longer easily peel off.
  3. Chop the remaining sprouts in half, then put them with all the leaves into a mixing bowl. If your brussels sprouts still have a fair amount of water clinging to them, line a baking tray with a piece of aluminum foil and add your sprouts, then out them in the preheating oven for 2-3 minutes. They'll be slightly wilted and greener, but dry enough to fry rather than steam.
  4. Wash and mince your cloves of garlic, then measure all your spices (turmeric, cumin, coriander, nigella seeds, ginger, mustard & amchur), and add them to the mixing bowl along with the oil, salt, and coconut sugar.
  5. Toss together all the ingredients (except the lemon juice) until evenly coated, then pour them onto the baking tray and put them in the oven. Do NOT clean the mixing bowl, yet.
  6. Bake for 5 minutes on convection, then move them around and turn the tray to ensure even baking. Cook for 4 more minutes, then take them out again and remove any leaves that are crispy and somewhat browned, then return them to the oven for 3 more minutes.
  7. Once you've removed the tray from the oven, immediately transfer the sprouts back into your mixing bowl and toss them all with lemon juice (if using). Try one bite and add extra salt as needed. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Don't Burn! Make sure to keep an eye on your brussels during the last couple minutes of cooking, because that's when they're crisping up the most (or possibly eventually burning).

Air Fryer Indian Brussels Sprouts: if you want to make these Indian brussels sprouts in the air fryer, simply follow all the same directions except on 375°F (190°C) in the air fryer for the same amount of time. I recommend eating only as much as you'll eat that day, rather than freezing or refrigerating any leftovers.

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