Cajun Rice (with Purple Asparagus and Mushrooms)

After coming to Melbourne, my culinary world has opened up to so many new ingredients – some of which I did not even know existed in this world. And one among those is the purple asparagus! I have had green asparagus before and have always enjoyed the crunchy texture of these stalks. So when I came across these purple ones at the local farmer’s market, I knew I had to try and make something interesting with it.

I have always had asparagus as an accompaniment, roasted or blanched, with meats. I went ahead and did a rice dish, chopping these beautiful asparagus along with some brown mushrooms and seasoned with hot Cajun seasoning. The result – a pilaf, pulao or fried rice; name it what you want.


This one is a simple and easy to make rice dish, perfect for weekday dinners. Add a cucumber raita/yoghurt dip and you are good to go!

Now, let’s get cooking….




1. Long-grained rice – 2 cups, soaked and drained
2. White onion – 1 large, chopped
3. Purple asparagus (remove the bottom ends) – 4 stalks, chopped
4. Brown mushrooms – 4 large, chopped
5. Garlic – 2 cloves, chopped finely
6. Coriander leaves – ½ cup, finely chopped
7. Cajun seasoning – 2 tsp (add more to suit your taste preferences)
8. Salt – to season
9. Black pepper – to season
10. Vegetable oil – 3 tbsp.



• Cook the rice in salted boiling water, drain well and keep aside.
• Heat oil in a pan, add garlic and onions; sauté for a minute.
• Then add the mushrooms and asparagus and sauté for another 2 minutes on high heat.
• Lower heat and season with Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper. Remember that the rice has been cooked in salted water so add salt accordingly.
• Add coriander leaves and stir well.
• Add the rice and mix well to combine.
• Serve with chilled cucumber raita/yoghurt dip.



What is your favourite rice dish?


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7 thoughts on “Cajun Rice (with Purple Asparagus and Mushrooms)

  1. Danielle L October 28, 2014 at 9:36 pm Reply

    Wow, this had to written with my fridge in mind. I have a whole heap of cooked brown rice in the fridge after a mishap with not turning the rice cooker on and I bought my first ever bunch of purple asparagus yesterday – I guess I know what I’m making today!


    • vanyadhanya October 29, 2014 at 1:03 am Reply

      lovely Danielle; glad to be of help. Do let me know how it turned out.


  2. I Spy Plum Pie October 27, 2014 at 7:01 am Reply

    Yum! How gorgeous are those purple asparagus! Thanks for joining the linkup again!


  3. Kubbet Halab | eJo February 22, 2014 at 8:29 pm Reply

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  4. afracooking January 15, 2014 at 9:45 pm Reply

    I have to admit, I have never seen purple asparagus. What a beautiful dish!


    • vanyadhanya January 16, 2014 at 12:29 am Reply

      yup, it was a surprise for me too. And wanted to make a different dish with it other than steaming, grilling or blanching


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