Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Asparagus and Mushroom Curry

Spring is my favorite season.  Yes, I love the flowers and beautiful weather, but I also love when fresh asparagus comes into season.  Right now it's everywhere in the grocery stores.  I bought several bunches of asparagus and decided to pair it with some mushrooms for a fantastic curry. We ate this with my Basic Lentil Curry, rice and a few other curries.   I can't wait to buy more asparagus to play with and make this dish again.

1lb of fresh asparagus sliced
1/2 lb (8oz) sliced mushrooms
12-15 curry leaves
1 medium onion chopped
2 green chilies sliced (seeded for less heat)
1 cinnamon stick
1tsp of fennugreek seeds
1 tsp of mustard seeds
1 tsp of cumin seeds
1/2 tsp of sugar
1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
Red chili powder (to taste)
1Tbs of curry powder
salt to taste
1tsp of vinegar (optional)
1cup of coconut milk (or cow's milk if you prefer)
1/4 cup of water

Note:  When working with asparagus remember to cut the bottom portion that is to tough to eat.


Heat 1 Tbs of canola oil in a large frying pan on medium-high heat.  Once heated, add the onions, chilies, curry leaves, cinnamon stick and fenugreek seeds.   Fry for a few minutes until onions become tender.  Then add your cumin and mustard seeds.  Fry for another few minutes.

Then add the sliced mushrooms. and saute for 3-4 minutes. Next add the cut asparagus and salt to taste then saute for another 2 minutes.
Finally add the red chili powder, turmeric, curry powder, sugar, vinegar and water then cook for 10 minutes.  Finish off with the coconut milk and cook for another 5-7 minutes.  Taste for salt and seasoning. Serve as part of a rice and curry meal. Enjoy.

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  1. Ramona, I love both - the mushrooms and the asparagus. Asparagus in curried form is such a novel dish! I have always seen them grilled or steamed. Great post!

  2. I JUST picked up a big set of asparagus the other day at the store. It is definitely one of my favorite spring vegetables too. I love how you worked it into this curry, Ramona! :D

  3. What a delicious looking curry :D The veges are awesome!

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. What a unique dish Ramona!! I love both of these vegetables and have had them together in a dish, but never with all of those spices. Talk about a party in the mouth! Great dish!

  5. Gosh, I wish I could afford asparagus here. I can only buy the canned variety. 1 lb is $8. I can't bring myself to spend that. This looks amazing and I'm officially envious!! ;)

  6. This is a stand alone dish. Give a chunk of crusty bread with this and I am good to go!

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