Crunchy Cashews

February 25, 2011 | By | COMMENTS

Crunchy Cashews 1
One of my fondest memories of hanging out in New York City, included buying roasted cashews from the street vendors; especially during wintertime. The toasty nuts helped me stay warm while walking around. One fine day, I brought some of the nuts home for my mom to try. She told me that the nuts reminded her of another recipe that was handed down to her from her relatives. She said her relatives make it for all their parties.
I immediately pulled out my handy recipe book and asked her to recite the ingredients and directions so that we could re-create it. I am always an eager participant in all foodie adventures. the recipe seemed quick and easy as long as you have all the ingredients. These battered nuts are so good that “once you pop, you just can’t stop”.
Next time you have game night, try something new and fun.


Ingredients:
1/2 cup of Raw Cashews, split into halves
1/4 cup of Gram flour/ Besan (fine)
1/2 tsp of Chili powder (adjust to your spice level)
1/2 tsp of Ginger-Garlic paste
1/4 tsp of Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp of Salt
Small pinch of Soda bicarbonate
3/4 tbsp of Vegetable oil
1/2 tsp of Cumin seeds
Procedure:
Start off by soaking cashew halves in a cup of water for 10-12 minutes. Then sieve flour along with chili powder, salt, turmeric, ginger-garlic paste and soda to mix well. Add sieved mixture into a mixing bowl and mix in jeera and oil. Into the above flour mixture, add drained cashew halves and mix well so that all the halves are coated with flour. If the mixture seems dry and powdery, sprinkle a teaspoon or less of water and mix.
Spray/rub some oil onto a microwavable plate (dinner plate) and spread the cashew halves on it in a single layer. Microwave for 5-6 minutes based on the wattage of the microwave. If it is a high power one, try using at 80% power until the cashew halves are well roasted. (Hint: you can smell the roasted aroma) Also halfway through, take out the plate and separate out the nuts so they roast evenly.
And Voila! You can now enjoy tasty gourmet style nuts. It’s a new way to eat the NUTS you love (it works well with peanuts as well).

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