Asparagus Thoran

Asparagus is one of the most nutritionally balanced veggies you can eat. It is an excellent source of vitamins A,C, K and many B vitamins. Asparagus is part of the lily family, whose Greek name translates as ‘sprout’ or ‘shoot’. Peru and Mexico are now the world’s leading exporters of asparagus.
 Asparagus not only tastes delicious, but is also a wonderful source of nutrients for a healthy body and mind. Here are the Main Health Benefits of Asparagus:

*   Anti-Inflammatory Properties           

*   A Cancer Fighter
*   Assists with Diet and Digestion
*   Good for Heart Health

Thoran is a Kerala-style stir fry dish loaded with grated coconut and veggies of your choice.  Try this delicious healthy recipe from my Madappalli


Young shoots of Asparagus              1 lb.
Green peas and chopped carrot        ½ cup
Grated ginger                                 2 tbsp.
Turmeric powder                             ¼ tsp.
Grated coconut                               2 tbsp.        
Salt                                              to taste

For Seasoning
Coconut Oil                                   1 tsp.
Mustard seeds                               1 tsp.
Urdh dhal                                      1 tsp.
Cumin seeds                                 ¼ tsp.
Asafetida powder                           ¼ tsp.
Red chilies                                     2 no.
Curry leaves                                   few

  •  Wash and clean the Asparagus shoots. Chop the asparagus to thin rounds. Discard their lower hard ends.
  • Take a microwave bowl; add all the vegetables, mix with little salt and cook it for 5 minutes in the microwave. It will reduce your cooking time and also you won’t loose the nutrients.
  • Take a heavy bottom nonstick kadai, heat the oil, fry the all the seasonings, add turmeric powder and reduce the stove heat.
  • Now add the half cooked vegetables ,ginger, salt and sauté it until the Thoran becomes dry.
  • Add shredded freshly coconut and mix it well. Switch off the stove.
  • Thoran is ready and transfer into the serving bowl
  • Serve hot with steamed rice .

  • Eating too much asparagus is known to produce high amounts of gas. This is caused by the improper breakdown of food in the stomach. For healthy digestion, I added ginger on this recipe

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