Sweet and comforting parsnip is a great winter vegetable and a good source of fibre, antoxidants, vitamin C and folic acid--essential for women's reproductive health. In this delicious recipe it is paired with aparagus for a healthy sabji that soothes vata and pitta and supports reproductive heath.
Asparagus and Parsnip Sabji
I bunch asparagus cut into 1" pieces
1 lb. parsnips cut into ½ " cubes
½ cup water
½ tsp. fenugreek seeds
¼ tsp. black/brown mustard seeds
1/8 tsp. gluten free hing
½ tsp. turmeric
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. ground cumin
¼ tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1 Tbsp ground coriander
Warm half the ghee in a large skillet, add fenugreek and mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds pop, stir in the hing, turmeric and chopped parsnips. Mix well, add water, cover and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the salt, cumin, black pepper and coriander and simmer together for 5-10 minutes or until parsnips are fork tender (longer time if recipe is increased). Meanwhile, heat the rest of the ghee in a separate pan and sauté the asparagus until flavourful (5-10 minutes). Mix the sautéed asparagus in with the parsnips and serve. Pair with Cleansing Kitcheri or Tridoshic Kitcheri for a simple, wholesome meal.
Adapted from The Ayurvedic Cookbook by Amadea Morningstar