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Aloo Asparagus – A quick potatoes and asparagus stirfry

Close to the beginning of March, I shared this picture on my Facebook and Instagram pages. And all the fresh produce in this picture has been hovering over my mind while grocery shopping. Our day-to-day lives get crazy and it is so easy to get carried away by the stress and business of it all. So something like eating seasonal or eating local doesn’t even seem to hang on the horizon. However, the key to avoiding processed food and going down the rabbit hole of “I don’t know what to cook” is “Planning Ahead”.

I have shared with you earlier how I try to make a list on the weekend what we plan to eat during the week and do grocery shopping accordingly on Sunday. But the weekend that I am unable to do so, for whatever reason, those weeknight become a constant struggle of thinking what to cook and it ends up delaying dinner, cranky kids, hangry daddy and a very unhappy mama. So yes, not very pleasant.

Potatoes and asparagus

I bought some beautiful tender asparagus and thought of roasting it and serve with some creamy pasta (like this). Mr. Little V loves roasted asparagus – this boy doesn’t seize to amaze me – as far as his love for vegetables and salads is concerned! He’s pretty awesome otherwise also and has this mama’s heart…<3. Anyways, the whole roast the asparagus didn’t happen as Dr. A was in India and my like was going crazy back here. So that beautiful asparagus decided to play hide and I totally forgot about it – out of sight out of mind is a true thing people.

Then one evening scrambling to find what to cook, I stumbled upon a bag of potatoes in my onion – potatoes bin and the potatoes seemed to have come alive. You know when they start sprouting those creepy shoots from the “eyes” – yes that happened. So I wanted to salvage whatever good ones were there. And that made me think of the asparagus that I had bought!

That’s when the aloo asparagus or asparagus stir-fry experiment started. I roasted the potatoes and asparagus with some olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. While these two were getting nice and cosy in the oven, I started stir frying some gorgeous red onion in my trusty skillet (you know this one). Ahhh…my skillet…I might have secret love affairs with some of them. WEIRD!!

Potatoes and asparagus

So back to the onion – added some spices, ginger (I think) and then added the roasted potatoes (aloo) and asparagus. A big mix, sprinkling salt, cilantro, lime juice and YUMMM! Here are the details.

Potatoes and asparagus stirfry
4.86 from 7 votes

Aloo Asparagus – A quick stir-fry of potatoes and asparagus with Indian flavors

A quick Indian style stir fry of the always humble potato and the ever nutritious asparagus. Flavored with cumin, garlic and ginger.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 potatoes – peeled and cubed – about 2 cups
  • 1 bunch asparagus tough ends removed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil divided
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • ½ red onion sliced thick – about 1 cup
  • 1 green chili finely chopped, optional
  • 2 cloves garlic minced (see notes)
  • ½ inch piece of ginger minced (see notes)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala
  • 5-6 sprigs cilantro leaves stripped and chopped
  • ½ lime juiced


To Roast the veggies

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F/220 degrees C.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add the potatoes, about ½ tablespoon olive oil, salt and pepper and give a mix. Spread on a cookie sheet (see notes) and put in the oven. Set the timer to 10 minutes.
  3. In the same mixing, bowl now add the chopped asparagus and add ½ tablespoon olive oil, salt and pepper and give a mix. Spread on a cookie sheet and wait till the 10 minute timer goes off.

  4. At this point, slide the cookie sheet with the asparagus into the oven too. Set the timer to 15 minutes and let both potatoes and asparagus roast in the glory.

  5. So potatoes roast for 10+15 = 25 minutes and asparagus for 15 minutes. My math is solid!

To make stir-fry

  1. While the veggies are roasting, set a heavy bottomed skillet on medium high heat. Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and let it get nice and shiny.
  2. Add cumin seeds and once they begin to splutter, add turmeric. Stir around and then add the garlic, green chili, sliced onions and ginger. Mix and let sear for almost five minutes. Add coriander powder and mix.
  3. Take the roasted potatoes and asparagus out from the oven and scrape them out of the cookie sheets and add to the pan. Add salt, freshly ground black pepper, garam masala and mix. Cook for another five minutes, sprinkle chopped cilantro and lime juice. Give a taste check, adjust seasonings and enjoy.

Recipe Notes


Feel free to use ginger garlic paste from a jar if you do not have fresh ginger and garlic. Use 1 teaspoon.

I do not use a parchment or liner on my cookie sheet. I like to scrape off any charred bits of my roasted veggies for extra flavor. If this is not your cup of tea, use a liner or parchment paper on your cookie sheet.

Potatoes and asparagus stir fry

Serve with roti (recipe here) or rice (recipe here).

Love- Vaishali!

Tools used:


Cookie Sheets

Skillet (I use this one)

Knife and chopping board


Measuring Cups and Measuring Spoons


  1. cabaseoit

    March 24, 2018 at 7:22 am

    This soup looks delicious! Asparagus is one of my favorites. I love how you topped it off with roasted spiced lemon chickpeas and pieces of asparagus.

  2. globtec

    April 5, 2018 at 3:53 am

    Okay. Even though I”m not a huge fan of asparagus, this looks so good! I may have to make this for the hubs though. He loves asparagus.

  3. Kelly Moyer

    July 10, 2018 at 11:18 am

    This looks so yummy. I love asparagus. I will be trying this one for sure.

  4. Jane

    July 10, 2018 at 11:25 am

    Wow, so cool pics! It’s seems very delicious! Definitely I will try it!

  5. Patricia-Ann Que

    July 10, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    oooh this looks so delish! i might actually give it a try tonight for dinner!

    1. Neil Alvin Nicerio

      April 24, 2019 at 7:43 am

      5 stars
      Another wonderful dish. I will try making this out later when I get home. 🙂

      1. Vaishali

        April 24, 2019 at 8:43 am

        Thanks Neil. Please let me know if you try it..:)

  6. CiCi

    July 10, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    Holy cow this looks DELICIOUS! I’ve never made anything like this before and I like you technique tips as well. Can’t wait to try

  7. Clair

    July 11, 2018 at 7:17 am

    Oh my goodness! This looks and sounds so delicious! I love asparagus and have been looking for a good recipe. Can’t wait to try this one out!

  8. Nailil

    July 12, 2018 at 10:49 am

    I love potatoes and asparagus equally but had never thought to make them this way. I think I have found a new recipe to try. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  9. Danielle

    April 23, 2019 at 10:01 am

    Looks pretty good. Never imagined combining those ingredients.

    1. Vaishali

      April 23, 2019 at 10:27 am

      Thanks Danielle. It is super simple to make as well!

  10. Ashli Ferguson

    April 23, 2019 at 10:57 am

    This looks really delicious!!! I want to make this ASAP!

  11. Nicole

    April 23, 2019 at 11:43 am

    That looks AMAZING! Can’t wait to try it

  12. Sikandar khan

    April 23, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    you have to be a great chef

  13. Luna S

    April 23, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    This looks like it would be really good! I might cut my onions smaller but this looks pretty tasty.

    1. Vaishali

      April 23, 2019 at 9:15 pm

      Luna, sure! We love onions in our family so I keep them long and very visible….lol

  14. Lorita | Ting and Things

    April 24, 2019 at 7:19 am

    This is one easy recipe that can easily be done at home. thanks for sharing your recipe. I will try it out

    1. Vaishali

      April 24, 2019 at 8:44 am

      Thanks Lorita. It sure is!

  15. Anagha

    April 24, 2019 at 7:54 am

    Do you know where can we find Asparagus in India? I want to try this and many recipes using Asparagus.

    1. Vaishali

      April 24, 2019 at 8:43 am

      Hi Anagha. My sister in India told me that you can buy it at some specialty grocery stores that carry international items. May be you can check there. Thanks!

  16. Junell DuBois

    April 24, 2019 at 8:54 am

    This looks really good! I can’t wait to try it!

  17. anshul

    April 24, 2019 at 9:15 am

    4 stars
    I love potato and everything blended with it. Your recipe sounds really delicious and yummy. I will like to try and see how it turns out.

  18. Laura

    April 24, 2019 at 10:44 am

    I love when experiments work out. If this is as delicious as it looks, I am definitely making it a regular on our menu. Thank you.

  19. Lisa

    April 24, 2019 at 11:50 am

    This is a great and easy recipe to make. That, plus i like asparagus and potatoes!

  20. aisasami

    April 24, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    5 stars
    Wow, what a wonderful and simple veggie stir-fry. I want to try this as I have to eat veggies for each meal and that I want to try to make stir fry.

  21. Hackytips

    April 24, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    I tried cooking Asparagus a few times but every time something went wrong and they end up not-eatable type. Then I gave up!

  22. Maysz

    April 24, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    5 stars
    The Aloo Asparagus looks healthy and easy to make perfect for my diet I can’t wait to try this!

  23. Yonnah M at

    April 25, 2019 at 1:46 am

    This looks delicious. I’m all for anything with potatoes!

  24. Monidipa Dutta

    April 25, 2019 at 9:07 am

    So yummy! I can’t wait to give this recipe a try! I like it already..!!

  25. Elizabeth O

    April 25, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    This is my kind of diet. Healthy and delicious looking.

  26. Blair villanueva

    April 28, 2019 at 7:08 am

    5 stars
    I love munching with asparagus. And its good for my tummy as well. Your recipe looks delicious.

  27. Danielle

    April 28, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    5 stars
    Oh my gosh this looks so good. I do love asparagus and this looks like something that I would really enjoy.

  28. siennylovesdrawing

    April 28, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    I love both asparagus & potatoes, love your recipe sharing here. Gonna enjoy my version with your guide here, thanks for this lovely one 🙂 cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  29. Simerbir Singh

    April 28, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    What a delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing so yummy recipes.

  30. Grace Esedeke | Today Was Fab

    April 29, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Can this be prepared without the asparagus? I don’t like it and it’s hard to find it in my area.

    1. Vaishali

      April 30, 2019 at 9:54 am

      Grace, of course, you can add green beans if you like! Thanks

  31. Adz R

    January 14, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    5 stars
    Loved the recipe! I used new/baby potatoes as it was what I had. It was soooo good! I loved how easy it was to prepare. You’re math is solid as veggies were spot on! I roasted the potatoes skin side down and they were perfect but since I like them a little crispier, I flipped them and cooked for another 5 minutes at 500 to crisp them up. Thank you!

    1. Vaishali

      January 19, 2022 at 10:14 pm

      That’s awesome, Adz R. Thanks for trying the recipe and for your kind words.

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