Asparagus Indian Style Subzi

Asparagus is a vegetable that is not usually associated with Indian cooking. The long bright green spears have tender tips while the tough ends are discarded. Asparagus is a nutrient-rich food that in high in Folic Acid and is a good source of potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C and thiamin. Many people tend to overlook this delicious vegetable due to lack of preparation know-how. Now, you can try fresh and tender Asparagus – the Indian way!

Prep time: 10 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Serves: 4


Asparagus – 1 lb (approx 1/2kg), chopped into bite size pieces
Oil – 1 Tbsp
Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Fennel Seed (powdered) – 1/2 tsp
Ginger – 1 tsp, grated or crushed
Garlic – 5 large cloves, roughly chopped
Tomatoes – 2 medium, chopped
Salt – to taste
Red Chili Powder – to taste


1. Wash the Asparagus and snap the white/hard ends and discard.
2. Chop to desired size.
3. In a skillet, heat Oil on medium heat.
4. Once hot, add Cumin Seeds and allow them to splutter.
5. Add Crushed Fennel Seeds, Ginger and Garlic and cook for a minute.
6. Add Tomatoes allow them to cook until they soften up.
7. Add Asparagus, Salt and Red Chilli Powder. Mix well.
8. Cook uncovered for 5-6 minutes, until the moisture has evaporated.
9. Serve hot with Chapatis, Naan or Rotis.

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0 thoughts on “Asparagus Indian Style Subzi

  1. Never tried Asparagus before and i tried 2 of your asparagus recipes and now i am a big fan of this vegetable. You girls are amazingly creative and invent delicious recipes. Thank you for all your hard work which makes our lives easier.

  2. Hi,

    Thanks for all your good work. Can u pls add more recipes with videsi veggies. We dont get many of the indian vegetables where we live and would love to incorporare local veggies in our diet but really dont know how

  3. hi your recipe for asparagus is pretty cool, how about recipe for for asparagus salad that will be really handy thanks

  4. Hi Hetal and Anuja,

    I finally tried this recipe and it turned out really good. My husband who is picky, also enjoyed it. Thanks again for ‘adding a pinch of my life’ 🙂

    NOTE: i am glad you will be removing inappropriate comments and conversations.


  5. Hi,

    This was the most tasty asparagus recipe I have ever eaten. Before this, I was of the opinion that asparagus dishes could never be tasty. Thanks so much for this recipe 🙂

    -Trying to cook

  6. Thanks for this recipe and other things in video. Here they are:
    — I always looked at Asparagus in stores and thought, we desi should try some Videshi sabji too, but didnt have any idea about Asparagus. Now I know and my desire to cook Videsi Sabji will be satisfied.

    — When you started the video with cut Asparagus, my thought was “Oh no!, I dont know to cut Asparagus and u didnt explain me” but as if you heard my thought and explained it later 🙂

    — Finally, when you put salt and red chilly powder, my first thought was “and what about Haldi”. Again you heard my thought and explained why not Haldi. Lol.

    Very great upload. Thanks a lot. I am sure my wife would be very happy when I cook this for her. 🙂

  7. Hi there…

    this is an awesome receipe….what a way of introducing healthy food into regualar indian diet….its a big hit in my family….thanks hetal and anuja…am big fan of your receipes….always look fwd to more

  8. Hetal and Anuja,

    I have never had asparagus before, so I decided to give this recipe a try. It was absolutely delicious. Thanks so much for the wonderful recipe.

  9. Ladies, u both do a great job! a big fan of your website..I tried this Asparagus Sabji…its simply awesome!!!..loved it…I added a little black pepper to it to make it more spicy..Thanks for the recipe..its very good:)

  10. hello Hetal and Anuja,

    I tried this subji and it just came out wonderful. I dint knew how to cut asparagus but the way hetal you showed to snap the ends was awesome and made it easy for me… thank you so much for taking care of all our concerns…

  11. Can we get your complete list of recipes.
    I tried going back to get the recipe of left over rotis and potato but couldn’t get it/

    1. Hi Kishu,

      All of our recipes (ingredients plus method) are on this website. You can search for the recipe you are looking for or you can view each category from the tabs at the top of the website.

  12. Hi!!!
    Really enjoying your shows!!!! especially the Tip Tuesday! One quick question- how do you cut the tomatoes so evenly and nicely?

  13. Hi Ladies

    Looks like you are going to turn me from a non-vegetarian to a vegan!!! Please cook some non-vegetarian food also please… (:

    1. Sanjeev is charming and I would love to see more of him…but man, Rachael Ray is so obnoxious! She never lets him talk. She just has one of those personalities that get under my skin.

      thanks for sharing the link, seena!

  14. Hi Hetal and Anjali,
    I have made this recipe using all the seasoning some time back, but to add a little color, I used one potato also. Thanks for the wonderful Vegetarian dishes.

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