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All over the world it is known mostly by its nuts owing to its unique taste, free availability and multifarious uses in the kitchen, bakery and confectionery. The kidney-shaped cashew nut is encased in a hard shell with two layers The nut shell is smooth, oily and about one-eighth of an inch thick. Its honeycombed, cellular, inner portion contains the cashew nut. The cashew nut kernel is approximately seven-eighths of an inch in length, and is wrapped in a test or thin brown skin. The nut shell with its side indentation pointed upward, looks like a heart.
Chopped and toasted Cashewnuts: Cashews can be chopped horizontally or vertically, with a sharp knife. These are further roasted as mentioned above.
Honey Roasted Cashews: Cashews roasted to perfection, and then covered in a honey coating with a slight touch of salt.
Milk Chocolate Covered Cashews: Cashews roasted and then rolled in milk chocolate.
Dark Chocolate Covered Cashews: These dark chocolate covered cashews are great! Cashews rolled in high quality dark chocolate will satisfy any chocolate lover.
Masala Coated Roasted Kajus- This Kajus are Roasted & Coated with Masalas/Spices This Kajus are available in flavors like- Roasted Miri , Roasted Red Chilly , Roasted Green Chilly , Pudina Lime , Tomato Masala , Jeera Lime , Garlic Chat , Onion Miri /Onion Tomato, Masala Chat, Chatpatta, Khatha Mitha, Ginger Lime Pudina, Manchurian Masala , Hot Mexican Masala , Schezwan Masala , Bhajiya Kajus etc
Also called as Natural Halves - Cashew Kernels broken evenly into 2 parts are less expensive than wholes. They are used in economy packs and also for candy bars, sweets and pastry. Splits are crisper than wholes and sometimes preferred for that reason.
Cashew paste can be made soaking cashew in little water or milk. Then add it to blender and form a smooth paste. It can be added to vegetable or baked dishes to augment flavour.
Cashews can be chopped horizontally or vertically, with a sharp knife. It can be stored in a tight jar and refrigerated. It comes handy to use whenever required.
Cashews can be crushed with a mortar and pestle. It can be stored in a tight jar and refrigerated. It comes handy to use whenever required.
Whole or Half cashews can be shallow or deep fried in Oil, Ghee or Butter, as per the recipie. It can be added to any snack, Rice or Vegetable preparation.
Cashews can be finely powdered or coarsely powdered in a grinder. Fine powder can be sprinkled on any sweet preparation. It can be quickly used for making cashew paste, Cashew milk. Coarse cashew powder can be used to make desserts like sheera and halwa.
"Toasting" nut, in the oven or in the microwave is one of the good ways to avoid addition of fat. There's nothing like the taste of a freshly roasted cashew. While we love raw and unsalted cashews, especially for cooking, roasted and salted make a delightful snacking experience. The sweetness of the nut is enhanced by roasting and a light sprinkling of salt. Roasted cashews are widely available, both salted and unsalted, whole or in pieces.
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Toasted salted cashewnuts
Toasted salted cashews are a treat. . Sprinkling a little salt on toasted nuts enhances the taste and is a delicious snack. It is usually done by; spreading cashews in a single layer over the. Then cook for 10-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they are golden-brown. They can burn quickly, so keep an eye on them. Cool them and sprinkle salt as desired. One advantage to toast cashews at home is you can limit the amount of salt. The nut industry apparently uses a salt-flour mixture to increase adhesion, which is the powdery stuff you find at the bottom of a can. In markets, it is available under various brands. Check the freshness with the help of manufacturing and expiry date
While purchasing cashews in bulk or in a packaged container make sure that there is no evidence of moisture or insect damage and that they are not shriveled. If it is possible to smell the cashews, do so in order to ensure that they are not rancid.Culinary Uses
" The sweet, buttery-tasting cashew hits the spot as a snack. Seems like we've always enjoyed them.
" It is used as a snack and as an ingredient for desserts, candies, and savory dishes, confectionary items, nut candies and chocolate bars.
" Cashews have become one of the most popular dessert nuts behind almonds. They are delicious in their natural state, or in a variety of candied varieties including chocolate covered and honey roasted cashews.
" They can also be ground into a spread called cashew butter similar to butter. Use as you would peanut butter on bread, crackers, or as a soup thickener.
" Cashew Ginger Sauce tastes good with rice, steamed broccoli, or over stuffed cabbage or use in stir fry vegetables.
" Cashews make delicious nut milk as a substitute for cow's milk. Simply put an appropriate amount of water in a blender and add as many cashews as may be desired to make the strength to you desire.
" To reduce sodium and added fats in the diet, avoid salted, oil-roasted cashew nuts. Choose the plain variety and roast them yourself on a baking tray at 180 degrees Celsius for a few minutes (without adding oil). How to Store
Cashews are highly perishable and can turn rancid quickly due to their high oil content.
Store cashews in a cool, dry place in an airtight container to avoid absorption of other food odors. At room temperature, they will not last long, but if you refrigerate them, they can last up to six months. Cashews may also be frozen up to one year. Because of their high fat content, they should be stored, tightly wrapped, in the refrigerator to retard rancidity. As with most nuts, roasting cashews brings out their nutty flavor.Health Benefits
" Cashew nuts are good sources of protein, mineral salt, iron and fiber. The leaves from the cashew tree can provide vitamin C, calcium and iron.
" Cashews are lower in fat than almonds, walnuts, peanuts.
" Cashew nuts also contain significant amounts of phytochemicals with antioxidant properties that protects the body from cancer and heart disease.
" Heart-Protective Monounsaturated Fats
" Bone Up and Relax with Cashews
" These nuts are also good sources of protein.
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