Snack time in India demands careful thought and attention. We do not exaggerate, when we say it’s a whole emotion. Indian households are replete with super delicious ‘desi’ snacks which makes us go weak on our knees every time but when you are trying to shed some weight, those oily snacks won't take you very far. This dilemma can be solved to an extent by including more superfoods to your diet. Cashew, for instance, is loaded with several nutrients and is also appetizing to eat as is. This modest titbit is rich in fiber and nutrients and also has heart-healthy fats which can help in stimulating energy production in the body.

Cashew has a tender creamy texture which makes it one of a kind. And to make it more enticing we bring you the recipe of spicy masala roasted cashews. This snack can be rustled up in a few minutes and it also has a good shelf life to be stored for a longer time, so you can make them in bulk and can munch on whenever you are craving for something healthy and wholesome. Here’s the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cup cashew (kaju)
  • ¼ cup gram flour (besan)
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 tsp kashmiri red chilli powder or red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp chaat masala
  • ¼ tsp coriander powder
  • ¼ tsp cumin powder
  • Pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • ½ tsp salt or to taste
  • 2-3 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp ghee

Preparations:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray the baking tray with nonstick cooking spray to prevent cashews from sticking. You can also use scentless oil to grease the pan.

2. Wash the cashews and then add them in a large bowl with salt, turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder, chaat masala, asafoetida, coriander powder and cumin powder. If you want you can also add curry leaves. Mix them really well.

3. Then add gram flour and ghee. Mix it again to coat the cashew well. Sprinkle water so that the cashew remains moist during the roasting process.

4. Do not overmix them and if you like your cashews to be crusty you can add more flour.

5. Bake them for 10-15 minutes and also toss them in intervals so that the cashews are roasted evenly from all sides.

Enjoy your masala roasted cashews. Make sure you eat them in moderation. Even though they are baked and uses ghee instead of oil, it is still advised to keep a track of your portion.