Having Bland Roasted Almonds? 7 Spices To Amp Up Their Flavours
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Craving something crunchy yet healthy? Roasted almonds are the best to snack on. Almonds can be eaten individually or with other nuts like cashews, pumpkin seeds, and others. The tear-shaped nuts are a healthy as well as delicious option that can be munched as an evening or midnight snack.

They are native to the Middle East and are known for their nutritional benefits and culinary uses. According to the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry in their article named, ‘Health benefits of almonds beyond cholesterol reduction,’ almonds are rich in healthy fats, protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals such as vitamin E, magnesium, and calcium. They play a crucial role in promoting heart health, aiding in weight management, and supporting overall well-being.  

Simply roasting the almonds for snacking can appear to be bland. However, to amp up the flavour, but not add some spices to it. This article provides several spices that can elevate the taste of roasted almonds. Take a look:  

  • Cumin  

To amp up the taste of roasted almonds, you can add cumin powder. Cumin powder in Idan cooking is often used in vegetable and meat dishes. Cumin powder is made by roasting and grinding cumin seeds. This powder adds a delicious and comprehensive taste to the bland roasted almonds.  

  • Cinnamon  

Roasted almonds taste amazing when sweet and comforting cardamom powder is sprinkled over it. All you need to do is roast the almonds with the dust of cardamom. It makes the nuts taste delicious owing to its fragrance. The warm and sweet flavour of cardamom pairs excellently with the crunchiness of the almonds.  

  • Black Salt  

Beyond all spices, nothing can beat the tangy taste of the black salt. Black salt pairs perfectly with the nutty taste of the almonds. Black salt is often used to enhance the taste of street foods. To make the best use of this ingredient, add the roasted almonds in a jar and sprinkle some black salt over them. Mix them well and store the black salt-mixed roasted almonds in an airtight jar to maintain their freshness.  

  • Garam Masala  

This is one of the most used masalas in the Indian household. With a bit of its addition, a whole dish elevates to a new height. Garam masala contains black pepper, bay leaves, cumin, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, nutmeg, etc., thus, having a variety of flavours under one umbrella. You can toss the almonds, garam masala, and salt in a pan to achieve the flavour of the spice.   

  • Dry Herbs  

To amp up the taste of roasted almonds, you can easily add dry herbs to it. Dry herbs are generally used in curries and meat-based dishes. The dry herbs mix is made of rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, sage, etc. Add some ghee/oil to the almonds and crush the dry herbs to it. The herby flavour will complement well with the nutty flavour of the almonds.  

  • Amchur Powder  

Amchur powder is derived from dried and powdered unripe green mangoes. Amchur powder possesses a tangy and slightly sour flavour. In the freshly roasted almonds, sprinkle some amchur powder that introduces a unique and refreshing zest to the nutty flavour of almonds. The tartness of the amchur powder complements the natural sweetness of the almonds.  

  • Chilli Powder  

To make the roasted almonds taste a little spicy, you can add chilli powder to them. Its fiery kick and rich flavour add a dynamic seasoning to the bland almonds. In a pan, add a little ghee/oil and roast the almonds by adding chilli powder and salt. The chilli powder adds heat, depth, and complexity to the nutty flavour of the almonds. To spice this snack extra, you can also add cumin powder and ginger powder to it.