Thursday, August 16, 2012

Roasted masala Cashew nuts in Microwave...


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.

Roasted masala Cashew nuts in Microwave

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.

Roasted masala Cashew nuts in Microwave
 
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.

Roasted masala Cashew nuts in Microwave

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 :-)

16 comments:

  1. Perfect snack for any time ..looks so gud

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  2. I made one of those in an oven, But did not use my stupid mind to put all the things you have asked .. now i will do that :)

    Bikram's

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  3. This is good :) You are absolutely right that roasted nuts are everyone's favorite This is a quickest and easiest way to have them :)

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  4. So easy. Will try this. Each time I buy these from the supermarket. Not doing that anymore. This is such a delicious and easy way of making roasted + masala wala cashew at home

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  5. I just finished half a kg of roasted salted kaju's from goa !!! now maybe this is a recipe to try I still have the plain ones left ! :D

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  6. washing the nuts before mixing is terrific idea....prepared and enjoyed a lot along with my wife. delicious.....thank you.

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  7. tried this right after reading this...delicious...we enjoyed it...washing the nuts before mixing is a good idea....

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  8. I am so trying this one soon

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    1. I am sure you would love it. Please let me know when you try this microwave roasted cashew nuts.

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  9. That was awesome! Last time I tried it, I ended up burning everything in microwave but this was so simple!

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  10. Thank you for sharing this, Sangeeta. I have a query regarding Microwave. Mine is not functional any more and we were thinking of giving it up because of all those articles about hazards of radiations from microwave. Is any of it true? Just thought of checking with you.

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    1. I don't mind using microwave for reheating milk for 1 minute or roasting nuts where I don't need to heat anything for more than a minute at once.

      Long duration cooking in microwave alters taste I have felt and that is an indication of some change that may be undesirable. Honestly speaking it is the little convenience that I am still holding on to it else I think I can live without it.

      Hope it helps Rekha.

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    2. Thanks Sangeeta! It does help. Going to share with the man who was also waiting for your response. I believe we can do away with it. :-)

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    3. Good to know it helped making a decision about microwave ovens Rekha. :-)

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