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Asparagus pilaf

Easy Asparagus Pilaf recipe a healthy asparagus recipe

  • Author: Jen Mellor
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Portions 1x
  • Category: Main Meal
  • Method: Stove top, hob
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Diet: Low Calorie


Delicious asparagus pilaf perfect for all weathers. It is easy to make and full of flavour.



250g brown basmati rice

300g trimmed asparagus

2 medium onions (peeled and diced)

2 cloves of garlic (crushed)

3 sprigs of fresh thyme

1 tsp cumin seeds

3 whole cloves

2 Cardamom pods (lightly crushed)

700ml hot vegetable stock

Juice of half a lemon or 2 tbsp lemon juice

Salt and pepper to season

Parsley to garnish


Rinse the rice in cold water then leave to soak for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, trim the ends of the asparagus and cut the remaining length into approximately 3cm long pieces.

Using a large lidded saucepan and low-calorie cooking spray fry the onion, garlic, thyme, cumin seeds, cloves and cardamom pods for 5 minutes or until the onion is soft.

Drain the rice that had been soaking and add the grains to the pan and cook for a further one minute.

Add vegetable stock and cover the pan tightly with foil and then the pan lid and turn the heat to low and cook for a further 30 minutes without removing the foil or lid.

Remove foil and lid and add the asparagus to the pan, stir through and then replace foil and lid and cook for a further 5 minutes.

Remove from heat, remove lid and foil, season well and add lemon juice and stir through.

Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve immediately


This can be cooled and reheated and will be just as tasty.

Do not be tempted to miss out the lemon juice as it really makes the dish!

Keywords: asparagus pilaf

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