Have you ever made Oven Roasted Cashewnuts at home? It’s the easiest thing to do, and is one more thing usually store bought that you can make at home. This one more thing that you can buy at the store that is easily done at home.
I’m a latecomer to roasting cashewnuts at home for myself. I’ve had a pretty good excuse to buy them till a couple of years back. I lived in Goa which is native cashewnut country. I used to get the best cashewnuts I’ve eaten there. The locally available salted and roasted cashewnuts weren’t all that expensive. We Indians love cashewnuts and you can find them in a really good variety of flavours, mostly savoury. Whether plain salted or spiced, crisp cashewnuts air really well with a hot cup of tea, especially on a rainy day.
When we moved to Kochi, I discovered that salted and roasted cashewnuts available here were ridiculously expensive. It’s ridiculous because it doesn’t take all that much to roast cashewnuts at home. The best part of doing this at home is you can decide exactly what oil and how much of it and salt you want in them. You can also flavour the nuts any way you want.
I personally like my cashewnuts plain with just a little salt. For some different flavour variations on this basic recipe, please see the next paragraph. You can use olive oil but I prefer to use either a little coconut oil or ghee to roast the cashewnuts. A small handful satisfies my cravings. The recipe below is for a small batch of cashewnuts. They can burn quickly while baking so do keep an eye on them.
Flavour Variations :
Salt and Pepper Cashewnuts : Add some fresh crushed black pepper to the salt and oil. Toss the nuts in this before baking them.
Spicy Cashewnuts : Toss the Oven Roasted Cashewnuts wth a little red chiili flakes when they’re still hot. Add some fine brown sugar as well for a sweet and spicy flavour.
Indian Masala Cashewnuts (Masala Kaju) : Add some curry leaves to unsalted cashewnuts while baking them and then toss them in a little bit of black salt (kaala namak) and chaat masala.
Garlic Rosemary Cashewnuts : Mix together as much as you need of garlic powder, fresh chopped rosemary (or dried), red chilli flakes, a little brown sugar and a couple of tbsp of oil. Toss the salted roasted cashews in this and serve.
Honey Roasted Cashewnuts : Toss the cashewnuts in a mixture of oil, salt, a little cinnamon, and honey before baking them.
Pizza Flavoured Cashewnuts: Toss the Oven Roasted Cashews in a mixture of garlic powder, red chilli flakes, mixed Italian spices and finely grated Parmesan cheese.