Asparagus with Indian Spices | Hari Ghotra
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Asparagus with Indian Spices

  • Heat Mild
  • Serves 4
  • Prep5 mins
  • Cook10 mins
Asparagus with Indian Spices

Long green spears of asparagus are not the usual Indian vegetable but with the right spices it really does work.

Hari says

Asparagus is a beautiful vegetable that only has a very short season, but when it is fresh, it’s perfect. Asparagus starts to appear in May until about July and I know it's a vegetable that needs very little to be done to it. The more simply it's cooked, the more tasty it is. That being said I like to experiment and try new things and although this was a tricky one to put with some spices, by using the lovely aromas of fennel seeds I found that it really worked. I decided that keeping it simple with a couple of flavours worked well…so here you have my Asparagus with Indian spices - make the most of it while it’s in season. If you can’t get hold of amchoor, just use a little squeeze of lemon instead.

  • Ingredients
  • Method
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3cm piece ginger
  • 500g Asparagus, chopped
  • 3 tsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 green chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • ½ tsp amchoor powder (dried mango powder)
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped finely
  • Salt to taste


  1. Crush the ginger and garlic in a pestle and mortar to a paste.
  2. Heat the oil in pan and on a medium heat add the cumin and fennel seeds.
  3. Once sizzling and fragrant add sliced onions with the chopped green chilies and crushed ginger and garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the chopped asparagus and sprinkle in the salt, red chili powder and amchoor.
  5. Add chopped tomatoes and cook for about 2-3 minutes.

Nutritional information

Typical values* per Serving
Fat (g)2.7
of which saturates (g)0.2
Carbohydrates (g)2.9
of which sugars (g)2.5
Fibre (g)1.4
Protein (g)2.1
Salt (mg)0.13
*Based upon calculated values, supplied by The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated.

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