Fennel Sandwich ~ India Inspired

Fennel seeds need no introduction to this Bharath Bawarchi but when it comes to fresh fennel, I always wondered how they would taste. Thanks to Jihva Fennel, I found out that fresh fennel has a light licorice flavor which becomes more delicate when cooked.

For my first try, I placed the fresh fennel in a comfortable combination. I stir-fried the fennel with red onion and red bell peppers and seasoned with fennel seeds. The result was a vigorous vegetable medley with pronounced fennel sweetness.

I have to say that it was so easy to fall in love with fresh fennel in this Indian-inspired combination, and I recommend fresh fennel friendship to my fellowship.

Fresh Fennel Bulb

Fennel Sandwich ~ India Inspired
(for four sandwiches)

1 fennel bulb
1 red bell pepper
1 red onion
1 green chilli
1/4 tsp each – turmeric, fennel and cumin seeds
Salt to taste
1 tablespoon, peanut oil

Slice the top off and remove the outer layer of the fennel bulb. With a mandoline or knife, slice the fennel lengthwise into thin strips about two inches long. Finely slice onions, red bell pepper and chilli into thin strips of the same length.

In a cast iron skillet, heat the peanut oil. Add cumin and fennel seeds and toast to fragrance. Add the onion and cook for two to three minutes. Add the fresh fennel, red bell pepper and chilli strips and stir-fry for about five minutes, until the vegetables are tender and start to get brown. Season with salt and turmeric and sprinkle some lemon juice if desired.

Serve warm over grilled or toasted bread or chapati for fennel flavored, filling meal.

Stir-fried fresh fennel with red onions and red bell peppers Fennel Sandwich ~ India Inspired
Fennel Sandwich ~ for Meal Today, and
For JFI~Fennel at Lovely Siri of Siri’s Corner



  • By Diane, February 26, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

    I love fennel. It is one of my favorite vegies. My favorite way to have it is raw, in a salad with blood oranges and a vinaigrette.

  • By Madhu, February 26, 2010 @ 3:54 pm

    Lovely pics.. like the combo of onion,peppers with fennel.

  • By simplyfood, February 26, 2010 @ 5:02 pm

    Looks so very delicious and healthy. Beautiful photo.

  • By Smitha, February 27, 2010 @ 1:44 pm

    I am also new to fresh fennel. Bookmarked to try this recipe. It looks very appetizing.

  • By Alisa, February 28, 2010 @ 12:19 pm

    It’s almost a year now since you’ve moved your blog here and your recipes are still wonderful!I still love reading and following your posts :)if you won’t mind, I’d love to guide Foodista widget at the end of this blog post and you’re all set. Thanks!

  • By DK, February 28, 2010 @ 3:32 pm

    I luv fresh fennel a lot. They go well with almost anything n everything. I made fresh fennel soup for jfi

  • By Siri, March 1, 2010 @ 7:25 pm

    This is quite a surprise for me Indira. Today, I posted JFI:Fennel Roundup and wanted to let you know the same. Thanks for your entry and I will add to the list right away.


  • By Siri, March 1, 2010 @ 7:27 pm

    ..and I am always intrigued by the way you incorporate unknown/new ingredients in much familiar fashion. I loved the fennel sandwich. 🙂


  • By Siri, March 1, 2010 @ 7:38 pm

    Here is the link below for the roundup –


    ~ Siri

  • By Nirmala, March 1, 2010 @ 11:25 pm

    Haven’t tasted fennel. But love the combo and the sandwich looks perfect Indira!

  • By turmericnspice, March 2, 2010 @ 11:35 am

    Sandwich looks good!! creative idea

  • By Indira, March 2, 2010 @ 6:38 pm

    I am also loving fennel. Will make that sometime soon. Thanks Diane.

    Siri: Thanks very much for hosting the Jihva and picking such an excellent ingredient. I am really loving fresh fennel flavor and had great time making this recipe for the event. Thanks again for including it in the roundup.

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