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Asparagus with Garam Masala, Butter and Toasted Hazelnuts



For my first use of the garam masala that I had just made I wanted something that showed off the garam masala. Many recipes that use garam masala look like it might get lost in all of the other flavours so I wanted something pretty simple. I remembered seeing Jaden's recipe for green beans with garam masala butter and toasted hazelnuts which sounded like a nice way to fully experience the flavour of the garam masala. There was still a bit of local asparagus at the farmers market and I decided to swap out the green beans for asparagus. The asparagus with garam masala, butter and toasted hazel nuts turned out pretty good. I also liked the crunch that the hazelnuts added to the dish. I really like that such simple dishes can turn out so good. The garam masala had an amazing aroma and tasted just as good. With the first experiment with garam masala a success I am looking forward to trying it in a more complex dish.

Ingredients:
1/4 cup hazelnuts
1 pound asparagus (trimmed)
1 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:
1. Toast the nuts in a hot pan until golden brown.
2. Remove the nuts from the pan and rub them between towels to remove the skins.
3. Chop the nuts and set aside.
4. Steam the asparagus until tender.
5. Rinse the asparagus under cold water to stop the cooking process.
6. Melt the butter in a pan.
7. When the butter is slightly browned add the garam masala and saute until fragrant.
8. Add the asparagus and salt and toss to coat.
9. Serve topped with the chopped nuts.

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30 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

I ADORE asparagus and hazelnuts - yum!!

HoneyB said...

Looks delicious Kevin!

OhioMom said...

Now I am really going to have to try this garam masala, gorgeous pic!

meeso said...

Wow, that's a great way to use your new spice blend... Can't wait to see what else you come up with!

cindy* said...

love, love asparagas and with garam masala butter? amazing!

Jeanine said...

That looks delicious! I too love combining vegetables with nuts, it gives a great texture difference.

Manggy said...

Garam Masala butter! Fantastic! I'm learning so much, Kevin :)

Neen said...

Garam Masala and asparagus, what an interesting combination! And wait... how are you still getting asparagus?? Oh, right, I guess you're in Canada, so the season starts later and lasts later. Well, I'm jealous!

noobcook said...

what a great way to use your garam masala ... it looks fantastic!

chefectomy said...

This is a great preparation, nice post Kevin.

Jenny said...

I think I could eat asparagus everyday and be happy! Yours looks perfect!

Jan said...

I just knew you'd come up with something different! Looks lovely Kevin. I have ever had nuts with asparagus - I must try it.

coffeepot said...

Looks wonderful and I bet tastes even better.

Elra said...

Toasted hazelnut surely dress the asparagus!

maybelles parents said...

oh, garam masala is heaven. It is great on popcorn--and clearly looks good on asparagus.

diva said...

there can be nothing quite so comforting as melting butter over vegetables. i like this!

Bobby said...

yum! This sounds delicious.

cook eat FRET said...

perfect combo...
love it!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

This looks realllly great! I love the way you play around with all kinds of different flavor combos. You inspire me!

Holler said...

Lovely, lovely flavour cominations Kevin!

Erika said...

I have never had garam masala, but it looks so interesting!

dennis said...

Very clever and original for the asparagus. Near zero google hits for this combo or even just asparagus and hazelnuts

A restaurant will steal this

Dragon said...

What a great combination of flavours. Yum!

Mrs Erg├╝l said...

I would never have thought of pairing asparagus with garam masala! way cool!

canarygirl said...

WOW. Just, WOW! This is what I call a fantastic recipe. :)

cookinpanda said...

Wow, this sounds incredible Kevin! Great idea-- again, another creative combination of ingredients.

Deborah said...

What a wonderful and simple way to use the garam masala!

Lisa said...

I do enjoy garam masala, Indian cuisine lover that I am. This sounds like a fine way to enjoy asparagus.

Jaime said...

interesting use of the spice...and hazelnuts!

Jeanne said...

What a fascinating idea - asparagus with garam masala! I think I'm in love...

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