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Let me tell you how I stumbled on the idea for this recipe.

For those of you who have been following my blog for a while, you might know that I follow the 5-2 Fasting way of life, which means two days a week, I keep my calorie intake at 500 calories or less. I have written about my experience with the 5-2 Fast Diet in detail.
Dinners on fast days are usually zucchini or tofu in a light tomato sauce or a bunch of roasted vegetables. I also resort to broccoli or cauliflower as they are very filling vegetables and good to have on fast days. From a 500 gram head of broccoli, you’ll get roughly 300-350 grams of florets, which is just around 105-140 calories, roughly 8.5 grams of protein and 7.8-9 grams of fiber. The yogurt and chickpea flour contribute to a little extra protein here. The nutrition label at the end of the post gives you an indication of calories, protein and fiber per serving. For a fast day dinner, you can have the whole lot which will come to roughly 200 calories with a few spoonfuls of yogurt.
For a regular snack, this recipe for crispy roasted broccoli will serve 2 portions. You can also add a teaspoon of oil to the marinade if you wish.
Recipe for zero-oil crispy roasted broccoli in Air Fryer – 96 calories per serving. Makes a healthy snack or an easy fast-day recipe (5-2 diet) – full of protein and fiber.
  • 500 grams broccoli


for marinade
  • 2 tbsps yogurt
  • 1 tbsp chickpea flour
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp masala chat




  1. To prepare crispy roasted broccoli, we need to cut the broccoli into small florets. Soak in a bowl of water with 2 tsp salt for 30 minutes to remove any impurities or worms.
  2. Remove the broccoli florets from the water. Drain well and wipe thoroughly using a kitchen towel to absorb all the moisture.
  3. In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the marinade.
  4. Toss the broccoli florets in this marinade. Cover and keep aside in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  5. When the broccoli is marinated, preheat the airfryer at 200°C. Open the basket of the airfryer and place the marinated florets inside. Push the basket back in, and turn the time dial to 10 minutes.
  6. Give the basket a shake once midway and then check after 10 minutes if golden and crisp. If not, keep for another 2-3 minutes. Eat them hot!
  7. If you don’t have an airfryer, use a preheated oven and spread the florets on a lined baking tray and bake for around 15 minutes in a preheated oven at 190°C or until golden and crisp.
Calories in roasted broccoli in air fryer:

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