Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Roasted cashew (Indian style)

Some years ago, there were myths about these innocent cashews and weight conscious people stayed away from them. Gone are those days and now everyone recommends them to stay fit:). Anyways if you are more particular about weight loss, then roast the cashews in oven without butter or oil. But recently I prepared this Indian style spicy roasted cashews for our road trip. This is how my mom used to do occasionally and I am glad that we found a good snack for the weekends. Should I say, Xav likes it very much and he has promised me that he will avoid store-bought snacks (!).

Cashews(raw and whole) - 20
ghee / butter - 1 tbsp
salt - to taste
pepper - 1/2 tsp
red chilly powder - 1/4 tsp
garam masala powder - 1/8 tsp (optional)

Heat the ghee and fry the cashews in very low flame. It will take almost 5 minutes in that low heat. Switch off and take out the nuts. Drain the excess butter using a paper towel.
(If you need to roast more cashews, then add another tbsp of ghee and fry them 20 by 20. Don't crowd them).
Wipe the wok and put the cashews, salt, pepper, chilly powder, garam masala and mix well. Let them cool completely.
After cooling the nuts will turn more crispy.
Store in an air tight container.

Serving suggestions:
Serve with coffee or tea as snack.

Consume them moderately. Cashews can be roasted in oven also.
Oven fried cashews (5) with less salt can be consumed 30 minutes before meal to achieve the satiety factor.
Microwaving the cashews: It may take less than 3 minutes to get it roasted.
Oven: Spread 2 cups of cashews over a cookie sheet, in single layer. Temperature 375 deg F and time 15 - 20 minutes with constant stirring. Coat them with a tbsp of butter and salt before taking out.


Reshmi Mahesh said...

That is a yummy recipe...we usually buy roasted time will try this...Thanks for sharing..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

I Too love to have roasted cashew. Your pic looks so attractive.

Hamaree Rasoi

divya said...

OMG... What a tempting snack.. lovely presentation dear..

Hari Chandana P said...

Woww.. I love this recipe.. looks absolutely inviting and super good.. thanks for sharing !!
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chow and chatter said...

love this recipe Indian spices pair wonderfully with nuts

Vardhini said...

Love roasted cashews .. but these I only give it to kids :)

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Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious daughter will finish it within seconds

Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory) said...

Wow! that looks fantastic. I can finish the whole plate in one go :)

Priya Suresh said...

Omg, give me that plate,i'll finish it in no time, love it soo much..

Ila said...

tempting and yummy snack :)

Suja Manoj said...

Yummy snack,love this so much

Divya Chevuri said...

Hi Viki,This is my all time favourite item for me.Looking Yummy....

Suman Singh said...

Love roasted cashews..that looks tempting and delicious.

Saranya said...

Nice tips along with a good recipe.Good job:)

Aditi said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe. i like this one.
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