Sunday, 19 October 2014

Homemade Salted Cashews



Few things compare to salted cashews, fewer compare to the salted cashews made at home. It is festival time in India and there is no way to celebrate it right without munching on rich dry fruits.

Oh, don't get me wrong! Sweets are great during festivals but it can get a little too much for many, like me. Any friends you meet, any relatives you visit during festivals are offering and expecting you to stuff on the sweets they acquired specially for the occasion from the best shop in the city or made at home with love. But honestly, people like me who hit their sweet limit on day 1, sincerely look for a way to not offend their hosts by saying no to the sweets and be able to relish anything else that is served to please them. So keeping this in mind, I like to add something salty like these cashews and makhanas on my serving tray. It also adds variety and richness to the festive snacks. There is another reason why I include these on my Diwali menu, they are so damn tasty! *wink*


Salted cashews are very easy to make at home and in my opinion taste much better than those bought from the market. They can be served on their own or can be used to prepare different snack mixes. And the best part is that you don't have to wait until festivals to make these. These are perfect as a quick travel snack, movie time munchings or tea time bites. Bottom line, it is good to keep these handy at home.


Ingredients:

Cashews- 250 gm
Ghee- 5 tbsp
Salt and pepper to taste

Recipe:

All you need to do is roast cashews in ghee until they acquire a nice golden brown color. Then add salt and pepper to taste and mix well. You can add chat masala and chilly flakes too. But I tend to skip those in mine. See what works for you.

Let cool down completely and enjoy the crunch.

Tips:

Roast on a low to medium flame and keep stirring.
Do not let cashews burn.
Adjust quantity of ghee.