Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Asparagus Poriyal (Asparagus Side Dish)

Asparagus... How I love it!! It's good for you and apparently an aphrodisiac, too (more info on asparagus here). Tastes delicious on its own, in pastas, soups, etc. What's not to like?? So, I thought of making it Indian style for a change and it turned out to be a nice change from my usual asparagus methods. Really simple dish for anytime use!


Asparagus - 1 bunch, cleaned and cut into small pieces
Onion - 1 medium, chopped
Garlic - 3 cloves, chopped
Salt - to taste

For seasoning:

Red chillies, broken - 5, or to taste
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - few


1. Heat oil in pan and do seasoning with ingredients listed. Add onions and fry until translucent.

2. Then, add garlic and fry for 1 minute until garlic softens a bit.

3. Now, add the asparagus and required salt. Lower the heat and cover the pan.

4. Cook until the asparagus is almost done. Then, open pan and finish cooking.

asparagus poriyal

Goes well as a side dish for any gravy, rice, chappathi, roti, etc. Do try it out and enjoy!


Dhivya said...

Even i love to eat asparagus kalai...will try them for sure...thanks for the recipe

Lavanya Raj said...

asparagus is good for health..nice that you tried out at our s.indian style.

Richa said...

hey, using it for porial is a good idea to incorporate asp.

Cham said...

Asparagus never tried into Porial , good idea :) Hope it is crunchy & crispy:)

Jayashree said...

haven't cooked asparagus so far....sounds like quite a versatile veggie.

Asha said...

Porial of Asparagus is very creative. I love that veg, will try!:)

Happy cook said...

I love asperagus, mostly i cook the white one. Here the saeson for the white one is in May

Laavanya said...

I've not tried cooking this the indian way.. nice idea Kalai!

Uma said...

what an innvoative curry! Looks so yummy!

Kalai said...

Dhivya, do try it out and let me know! :)

Lavanya, it was very nice in our style, too! :)

Richa, thanks so much! :)

Cham, even I hadn't tried it before. I love it crunchy, too! :)

Kalai said...

Jayashree, you should definitely try it. The flavor is kind of similar to beans, but not exactly... Very versatile!! :)

Ashakka, thanks, dear! One of my fav veggies, too! :)

Happy cook, I'm waiting to get my hands on some white ones...! :)

Laavanya, it was my first time making it this way, too. Was really good! :)

Uma, thanks so much! :)

Mythreyee said...

The east and the west meets I guess. Asparagus poriyal looks wonderful.

Kalai said...

Thanks, Myth! :)

Anonymous said...

we love Asparagus too Kalai! I make asparagus Poricha kootu - it tastes great with chapathi! Your recipe sounds simple and easy :-)

Superchef said...

good twist..ive so far had only steamed asparagus as part of my 'veggie meal' on flights and ive always hated them!! this might just make me love them!! :)

Kalai said...

Latha, asparagus poricha kootu sounds awesome! I've got other ideas for asparagus, too. Will keep you guys updated! :)

Superchef, thanks! Please don't judge this veggie by horrible flight food! Definitely try it this way or with other methods first. You just might find a new love! :)

easycrafts said...

sounds interesting...nice innovative idea

Homecooked said...

Wow...this is very creative.I have never eaten asparagus.Will definitely try this.It looks easy.

Kalai said...

Easycrafts, thanks! :)

Homecooked, do try asparagus. It was very easy and yummy! :)