A bowl of green goodness
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A bowl of green goodness

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Serves 4

Asparagus stir fry with shredded coconut

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  • Green asparagus spears- 500 gms, cleaned
  • Shredded coconut- 3 tbsp or more
  • Green chillies- 3, slit lengthwise
  • Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin seeds- 2 tsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Oil- 1 tbsp
  • Curry leaves- a sprig (optional)


    1. Cut and discard the woody base and chop the asparagus heads into small pieces.
    2. Crush the coconut, green chillies, turmeric powder and cumin seeds together to a coarse mix, either with your hands or with a pestle and mortar.
    3. In a heavy bottomed pan, heat the oil and splutter mustard seeds. Add the coarse coconut mix and the curry leaves (if any) at this stage. Sauté for a few seconds on medium heat, but make sure you don't burn them.
    4. Add the chopped asparagus heads and salt. Stir well, making sure the coconut mix and the asparagus is combined evenly.
    5. Close the lid and cook on medium heat, stirring in between and if it sticks to the bottom, pour about a tsp water.
    6. Notes: If you want the asparagus a bit crunchy...under cook it a bit and it would taste just as good. You can replace cumin seeds with a 1/4 to 1/2 tsp cumin powder

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29th Mar, 2012
I was a bit worried I would find this too hot, as you could smell the chillies as it cooked. But, with rice, it actually tasted really nice. Wasn't sure how long to cook it for , so just kept checking on it periodically. Would cook again.
2nd Dec, 2010
Well set out but family didn't like the taste or look.
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