BEER BATTERED ASPARAGUS WITH CILANTRO DIP

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St Patrick’s day is coming up and I wanted to make something green, something with booze and something different that I haven’t tried before. My solution, beer battered asparagus! With a cilantro dip. Perfect!

Beer Battered Asparagus

Few festivities that I enjoy in the US include St. Patrick’s day, Halloween & Black Friday. A True Indian, ain’t I? 😀 Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter is good but everyone celebrates these with their families. Cozy dinners at home. While that is quite nice, I miss the colors, crowd and festive celebratory environments of Indian festivals. I love watching people with their families, mothers, fathers, kids, their tantrums and their love. Blissfully oblivious to those around them, they go about their own activities trying to buy stuff, watch something and have a good time amongst themselves in spite of being a part of a huge crowd on the streets.  

Beer battered asparagus (Inspired from Betty Crocker) is what I decided to make to keep in line with the celebrations around me.

Beer Battered Asparagus

About this recipe, I literally had to snatch the beer away from Nachi. I quote “How on Earth could you waste beer for asparagus?! For greens?!” And when I managed to snatch it away (girls have their way, always :P), he called me a tyrant! Seriously Nachiket? A tyrant for a beer? But… there has to be a “but”, otherwise, I wouldn’t be sharing this recipe, right? He finished more than had of them by himself! A testimony to this amazing snack and the seriously refreshing dip!

Beer Battered Asparagus

The cilantro dip with just a hint of garlic complements the humble asparagus. If you are making it for your kids, substitute the beer with water and you’ve got yourself a fool-proof way to make anybody eat the super healthy asparagus! Here is the recipe for the cilantro dip and

Beer Battered Asparagus

Beer Battered Asparagus

BEER BATTERED ASPARAGUS WITH CILANTRO DIP

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Serves: 3-4

BEER BATTERED ASPARAGUS WITH CILANTRO DIP

Ingredients

    For the Asparagus
  • 1 1/2 all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup beer of your choice
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • Vegetable oil for deep frying
  • For Cilantro Dip
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 clove garlic
  • Salt to taste

Directions

  1. Blend the cilantro, garlic and salt to a coarse puree.
  2. Mix the puree with the sour cream. Mix well, Keep chilled until ready to serve.
  3. Mix the all-purpose flour with salt and baking powder.
  4. Add the beer and make a thick batter.
  5. Heat the oil for frying. Check the temperature of oil by dropping a drop batter into the oil The batter sinks and rises to the top in about 10 seconds.
  6. Cut off the woody ends of the asparagus. Trim them into 3 inch pieces to make for comfortable frying.
  7. Coat the asparagus with the batter and drop them into the oil carefully, one at a time.
  8. Do not overcrowd the oil which will bring down the temperature of the oil suddenly.
  9. Let them fry for about 4-5 min until the coating gets crisp. Drain the asparagus onto some paper towels.
  10. You can keep the fried asparagus warm and crunchy by letting them rest in a preheated oven (200°F). Let them stay there until you are done frying all of them and are ready to serve.

My Take:

If you do not have sour cream, replace with mayonnaise and a tsp of lemon juice.

For a low-cal dip, replace sour cream with some low fat yogurt.

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Prash

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3 Comments

  1. I can feel the crunch in the beer battered asparagus. Looks yum!!

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