Wednesday, May 19, 2010

White Asparagus Chutney

Asparagus known as Spargel is grown in France,Italy,Netherland and Germany.What's interesting about this white asparagus is the plant is deprived from sunlight to grow.When i first came to Germany,i was able to see many fields covered with white sheets,then i learnt that it was white asparagus.The plant is completely covered with white sheets to avoid sunlight.White asparagus is slightly less bitter than the green ones.
Asparagus are high in folate,the stalk is high in antioxidants.The second century physician Galan described as 'cleansing and healing'.To read more about asparagus click here.
Normally these asparagus are served for breakfast or as a starter with poached eggs or hollandise sauce.The recipe which i have made here is South Indian style spicy chutney which i discovered from Yasmeen's Healthnut,a blog full of healthy,creative dishes.The sweetness of asparagus and hot chilli married well each other.This chutney is a best accompaniment for dosa's or idli's,even as a spread for bread.To see the original recipe of Yasmeen Healthnut  click here.This recipe is for the event BlogBites 3 Adaptation.
Serves 2
Ingredients:
White Asparagus-5 to 6 stalks
Tomato-1/2 chopped
Dried red chilli-2
Garlic cloves-2
Curry leaves-a few spring
Salt as required
Oil-2 tsp
Seasoning(optional)
Oil-1 tsp
Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
Method:
Prepare the asparagus first,snip the edges off,peel and wash well.Cut into small chunks.Heat oil in a pan,add red chilli,garlic,asparagus,tomato and curry leaves,cover the pan and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
Switch off the flame,add everything to the blender along with salt and little bit of water,blend it to a smooth paste.Pour it in a bowl,heat oil in a pan,add mustard seeds,when they start to splutter,pour it on top of the chutney.Serve with idlis or dosas.

11 comments:

Gita Jaishankar said...

This is the first time I am hearing about white asparagus...I have not seen this yet...thanks for sharing the info about this...chutney sounds very unique and interesting...quite a healthy diversion from the usual chutneys I make :)

Suhaina said...

never heard anything like this before. Very innovative. Great job.

Sushma Mallya said...

Very interesting, but nice blend of ingredients,am sure must have tasted yum ...

Niloufer Riyaz said...

never tried chutney with asparagus, looks truly lovely

Priya said...

I love white asparagus, chutney looks truly tempting and spicy..

Umm Mymoonah said...

Thank you Gita,Suhaina,Sushma,Niloufer and Priya for your sweet comments

Nupur said...

Very interesting chutney- thanks for sending in your entry to my event!

Life is beautiful!!! said...

Moon, recently I made soup out of it. Yours look very attractive. Germans are crazy about this veggie right. Thanks a lot for shring this recipe :)

Life is beautiful!!! said...

Thanks to Yasmeen too :) I will look for her blog.

Now Serving said...

Interesting! Never tried this one - I will keep my eyes open for white asparagus next time I'm at the grocery store ...first time on your blog.
http://priyasnowserving.blogspot.com/

themustardseed said...

That is such an interesting recipe. I often buy the white asparagus but have only used in in pasta or just grilled it. Making chutney is such a great idea!

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