Roasted masala cashew nuts in microwave is an easy and quick recipe.
Since roasted masala cashew is a popular Indian snack with tea or evening drinks and we all love it for the spicy tangy masala coating and nicely roasted cashew goodness, I though the recipe needs to be shared however simple it seems.
I had served the quick roasted masala cashews to someone who came unannounced, made instantly while the milky adrak wali chai was boiling on the gas stove and she was so intrigued she demanded a recipe on the blog.
Normally Cashews don't last in my pantry as the husband gnaws on them all the time till they are finished. And we don't go grocery shopping that often. For the same reason I always make them instantly just the amount to serve the occasion. Otherwise he would just fill him up with this and skip the next meal saying he is not hungry. That is natural.
This quick recipe of masala roasted cashew nuts comes handy to me. I had tried it first with almonds probably as this method of roasting nuts was in the recipe book that I got along with my Microwave some 11 years ago. Have been roasting Peanuts, Almonds and Cashew nuts the same way since then. The blog gets to have it very late. But better late than never...
The microwave recipe for masala roasted cashew nuts is simple and takes about 5 minutes for 2-4 snack servings.
Caution : Roasting 100 gm cashews at a time is better as they tend to get burnt when you roast a large batch in microwave. Use a ceramic, Pyrex or Borosil bowl for the purpose.
To make the masala roasted cashew nuts just rinse the nuts quickly with water, cashew nuts in this case, drain them and place them in a Ceramic or Pyrex glass bowl.
Sprinkle Chaat masala, salt n pepper and some red chilly powder if you are like me. Red chilly powder gets strong reactions from people so I ask for preference if I am making it for someone.
Adding Amchoor powder will be good if you are not using Chaat masala, or go ahead and add some if you like it tart and tangy. Homemade amchoor powder will be great if you have.
Everything to taste, to balance the flavors as you go, taste to get assured. The total amount of this masala mix will be generous as some of it will stick to the bowl too.
Which you would later scrape and lick I know :-)
Once everything is mixed, the wet surface of Cashew nuts helps to adhere the spice mix and also ensures even roasting when done in a Microwave. So don't skip washing the nuts.
Microwave on high for a minute, rest for 30 seconds, stir the nuts and Microwave once again for a minute. Repeat stirring and Microwaving 3-4 times till you see some of the Cashews turning golden brown.
You are done. let it cool and serve right away. leftovers should be stored in airtight containers.
Take care not to roast large quantities of nuts at a time in Microwave as it burns a few of the nuts very quickly if heat distribution is not efficient in an overcrowded bowl. A cup at a time will be good enough. You can repeat the process if making for a crowd anyways.
I just munched on them with a cup of tea right on on my work desk and was reminded of posting it while I was working on another article that requires detailed work.
It was a refreshing break. Would be one for you too :-)