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Indian Asparagus

Indian Asparagus


Don't be fooled by the strange sound of coconut with asparagus. Because of the spices and hot green chillies these ingredients combine to create a wonderful spicy asparagus treat. This is a popular preparation of asparagus in Southern parts of India. (Service with rice and rasam or saambaar, pappadum and yogurt.)

Cooking Time

Preparation Time : 15

Cook Time : 10

Total Time : 25


Serves 1

  • 1bunch fresh asparagus, cut into 1/2 inch pieces (2 cups worth)

  • 1⁄2 red onion, chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 4 green chili peppers, seeded and chopped

  • 1⁄2 cup desiccated coconut (finely ground)

  • 2teaspoons coconut oil or 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

  • 1⁄3 teaspoon black mustard seeds

  • 1 crushed red chili pepper (crushed)

  • 1⁄2 teaspoon cumin seed

  • 1⁄3 teaspoon salt

  • 1⁄4 cup water


  • 01

    Heat oil on medium high, add black mustard seeds, red chilli and cumin seeds.

  • 02

    When the mustard seeds begin to crackle, add green chillies and salt.

  • 03

    Next add the onions and garlic, fry for 2 minutes, then add the chopped asparagus pieces. Stir well, simmer the heat, add 1/4 cup of water, cover with lid and stir every 4 minutes. When the asparagus is tender, uncover and cook until water is gone.

  • 04

    Add the fresh coconut, stir for 10 seconds, remove from heat. Keep covered until ready to use.



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