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Indian Style Asparagus with Lemon and Cumin

Posted Jun 06 2012 12:00am

My dad can make an Indian “sabji” out of just about any vegetable.

A “sabji” is basically an Indian vegetable stir fry with aromatic spices like cumin, coriander, turmeric, cayenne pepper, mustard seeds, etc.

Traditionally, vegetables like potatoes, cauliflower, peas, spinach, squashes, cabbage, etc. are used in Indian cooking.

Since those spices make the traditional Indian “sabji” vegetables taste amazing, why not asparagus?

I mean seriously, why not.

Asparagus is a gorgeous vegetable, especially when it’s in season, which it is right now.

And the flavors of cumin, lemon, ginger in this dish just elevate it to a whole new level.

I know when I told my husband that my dad made Asparagus “sabji” he made a face. I think he was weirded out by it. But if you call it an “Indian Style Asparagus with Cumin and Lemon” – it doesn’t sound that strange at all :)

Which is basically what this is. You can serve it as a side dish, as an appetizer, or you can even use it as a “sabji” if you prefer. You can even save the leftovers and eat it the next day as a snack (which is what I did).

It’s super simple to make, and it’ll be ready in less than 20 minutes. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

The Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh asparagus
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger, grated or minced
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice + a pinch of sugar (or 2 Tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
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