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 Uses of Cashew Nuts

  Last Updated : Jan 02,2019

13 Uses of Cashew Nuts, Cashew Nuts in Indian Cooking

Cashew is a nut that is pale white in color and comes encased in a hard outer nut shell. This nut is sweetish in taste and is quite buttery. It can be eaten in many ways and tastes great in savory and sweet recipes. 

1. The sweet, buttery-tasting cashew is a perfect snack when either eaten raw or toasted with a little masala to make healthy roasted cashews.

2. Cashews are one of the main ingredients in Punjabi gravies and subzis. When blended together with different types of masalas, cashews form a smooth paste which gives a great consistency and thickness to the gravy. This addition also balances the flavor of the curry for example in Dum Aloo and Paneer Pasanda.

3. These nuts are an essential in Indian food. Apart from being used in gravies, they are added to different rice preparations for a certain amount of crunch to the dish. They are most commonly used in Biryanis and Pulaos but sometimes also in the South Indian delicacy, Bisi Bele Bhaat

4. It is also used in many tikkas and kebabs. For Afghani paneer, cashews are grinded up with poppy seeds and garam masala and made into a delicious marinade. They are also put over kebabs and deep fried. 

5. One of the most famous sweets in India, Kaju Katli, is a preparation made from milk, ghee, cashews and sugar. The four simple ingredients are thickened and transformed into perfect diamond shaped treats. They are also used to make kaju rolls and other sweets. 

6. Dry fruits form an essential part of Indian Desserts from sheeras to Basundi. Cashews are added either as a whole or chopped to sweet preparations like Paal Payassam to add to its richness. 

7. Cashews are used as a stuffing or in the batter of many Indian snacks. Kanchipuram idli is famous for its cashew use in the south while in Rajasthan it is used as a stuffing in Gujjias, sweet deep fried goodness! 

8. Cashews are really important in Vegan Cuisine. Since cashews turn into a very smooth paste if grinded enough, due to the oil content, it turns into Cashew butter. This can be used as a spread too. Further, you can even make Cashew milk with it, which is the replacement of dairy milk. 

9. Cashew powder is used as a thickener and as a replacement of maida in soups and stews where maida is used to provide thickness. 

10. Fried cashews are usually added to jar snacks like Chivdas or namkeens for a different flavor profile.

11. Cashews are also a common ingredient in confectionaries like cookies and cakes.  

12. Cashews have become a popular dessert nuts behind almonds. They can be added as is or coated with chocolate and honey.

13. In Chinese cuisine, Cashew Ginger Sauce is made to have with rice, steamed broccoli, or over stuffed cabbage or use in stir fry vegetables.


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uses of cashew nuts

If you’re nuts about nuts like most foodies are, then this snack is just right for. Something that you can munch on without much guilt, the Roasted Cashew Nuts is made by baking the cashews coated with lemon juice and spices. Its vibrant flavour is sure to add more zeal to your day! You can perk up this easy-peasy snack with any other seasonings of your choice. It is much healthier than deep-fried nuts, while offering an irresistibly zesty flavour. You can also try other munchies like Besan Masala Peanuts or Roasted Makhana.
 by Tarla Dalal
"Pasanda" means every one's favourite. So as the name suggests this paneer delicacy is adored by everyone who tastes it. The various pastes used to make this dish add their own distinct flavours which combine to form a flavour like none other. Using ghee in the dish instead of oil can further enhance the flavour though making it a little high in calories. Despite the fact that this recipe calls for extra effort, it is my favourite because the rich gravy wins me praise every time I make it! Paneer Pasanda can be enjoyed for lunch as well as dinner and also great as a part of an Indian Party menu. Enjoy how to make Paneer Pasanda recipe with detailed step by step photos below.
dum aloo recipe | restaurant style dum aloo | Punjabi dum aloo | dum aloo curry | with 43 amazing images. Our dum aloo recipe is also called Punjabi dum aloo. Delicious baby potato preparation that’s bursting with flavour in this restaurant style dum aloo. Chilli-coated potatoes in dum aloo curry are cooked with cream, tomatoes and a flavourful paste of whole spices and onions. Coriander leaves are the ultimate addition to this tasty Punjabi dum aloo which gives it a really rich flavour. Dum Aloo gets its characteristic flavour and texture from the intensely-flavoured gravy that the potatoes are cooked in. The dum aloo gravy gets its deep flavour and luscious texture from a paste of onions and spices, cooked along with tomato pulp and fresh cream. We show you how to make restaurant style dum aloo in less than 30 minutes. To make dum aloo recipe, we show you 8 detailed steps on how to prepare the baby potatoes for the recipe. Remember to refresh with cold water to prevent carry-over cooking of baby potatoes. Then we show you 6 steps in making a tasty homemade tomato puree. Next you are shown how to make the onion paste for restaurant style dum aloo in 11 steps. Lastly, you make the dum aloo gravy which then leads to the final Punjabi dum aloo recipe. You will enjoy not just the taste but also the awesome mouth-feel of this dum aloo curry. Serve with Tandoori Roti or pressure cooker naan. Enjoy dum aloo recipe | restaurant style dum aloo | Punjabi dum aloo | dum aloo curry
 by Tarla Dalal
shahi pulao | shahi veg pulao | mughlai shahi pulao | how to make shahi pulao | with 30 amazing images. The presence of the word Shahi always hints at the richness of a recipe. Indeed, the Shahi Pulao is a rice dish that is loaded with spices, veggies and a horde of other ingredients, which give it a memorable flavour and texture. While an assortment of spices including saffron and caraway seeds gives this shahi veg pulao preparation a rich aroma, taste and hue, veggies, pineapple and paneer give it a wonderful range of textures. Pineapple also gives the mughlai shahi pulao a juicy tanginess, which you are sure to enjoy. Self-contained with myriad flavours, this shahi veg pulao is a one-dish meal can be served with just a bowl of curd or raita. We have cooked the rice for mughlai shahi pulao on a stove top but you can cook it in a pressure cooker also. Aside from shahi pulao check out our collection of pulao recipes like pressure cooker veg pulao and matar pulao. Enjoy shahi pulao | shahi veg pulao | mughlai shahi pulao | how to make shahi pulao with detailed step by step photos.
 by Tarla Dalal
The Mughal maharajas had an umpteen number of chefs who spent laborious hours toiling in the kitchens to prepare the perfect meal. They ground most ingredients to powders to ensure the perfect eating experience. Though not as time consuming this recipe uses a powder of melon seeds, cashew nuts and poppy seeds. The powder is combined with other rich ingredients such as cream, milk and butter and used as a marinade for paneer. Marinating the paneer for at least 1 to 2 hours ensures that all the flavours of the marinade are absorbed.
Kaju Katli is an all time favourite traditional mithai, but one that is feared by most people for the time it takes to prepare. If you follow this recipe meticulously, you will be pleasantly surprised by how easily and quickly you can prepare Kaju Katli at home! Although it takes a few hours to set, this recipe makes sure you spend less than 15 minutes sweating in the kitchen. If you take care of the syrup’s consistency and the time of cooking and the level of heat (flame) as described in the recipe, you are assured of a perfect result. You could also put the cashews in the freezer for sometime before powdering it in the mixer, so you will get a very smooth powder without oil oozing out of the nuts. Kaju Katli is always there on the mithai platter during festivals like Diwali and Raksha - Bandhan . Serve along with namkeens like Poha Chivda , Chakli , Masala Mathri , Moong Dal Crispies etc.
paal payasam recipe | South Indian rice kheer | Kerala style paal payasam | with 13 amazing images. paal payasam is a South Indian rice kheer which is a Kerala style paal payasam. paal payasam is a must-serve item during South Indian festivals, weddings and other auspicious occasions. Made of rice cooked in full-fat milk and sweetened with sugar, this South Indian rice kheer has a very rich flavour and creamy texture, which are boosted further by spices like cardamom and saffron. This South Indian rice kheer is something that kids and adults look forward to enjoying on special occasions. It is also one of the offerings made at Kerala temples, and you can find a long queue of people waiting at the prasad counter after mid-morning puja time to buy a portion of this Kerala style paal payasam. In temples, the Indian rice kheer is cooked in large, heavy-bottomed bronze vessels, which gives it an even more intense flavour and richer texture. Tips to make the perfect South Indian rice kheer. 1. Rinse a deep non-stick pan with ¼ cup of water and quickly simmer it for 2-3 minutes. This will prevent milk from burning from the bottom as the water forms a protective layer between the pan and milk. Also, it is advisable to use a heavy bottom pan to make Indian desserts like basundi, kheer, rabdi. 2. Stir it occasionally to avoid milk from sticking to the bottom of the pan or browning. It is very important to use full-fat milk as it will provide the rice-kheer a rich and creamy texture. 3. Cook South Indian Rice Kheer on a slow flame for 7 minutes while stirring and scraping the sides of the pan occasionally. Enjoy how to make paal payasam recipe | South Indian rice kheer | Kerala style paal payasam | with step by step recipes and photos below.
 by Tarla Dalal
Kanchipuram is famous for more than silk sarees! In fact, this special savoury idli got its name from that small town in Tamil Nadu. It is offered at the Sri Varadharaja Swamy Temple, and food-lovers are generally prepared to even withstand the hardships of a long queue to buy the prasad of tasty Kanchipuram Idli from there. Indeed, with an elaborate tempering of assorted spices, these idlis are a mouth-watering treat. Here is how you can prepare Kanchipuram Idli in your own kitchen. While we have prepared it using idli plates for your convenience, this batter is traditionally cooked in small greased katoris or in a large, round, flat cooker vessel and then sliced into squares or triangles. Everyone in my family love idlis and enjoy them anytime, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner. So besides the regular simple Idli, I also make other varieties from my collection of Idli recipes, such as the Palak Rava Idli which is enriched with iron, then there is the Stuffed Potato Idli which is more filling and a good option to serve for lunch or dinner, for a nutty and spicy flavour I make Vermicelli Nut Idli which is also good to serve while entertaining. Enjoy how to make Kanchipuram Idli recipe with detailed step by step photos and video.
 by Tarla Dalal
poha chivda | roasted poha chivda | thin poha chivda | maharashtrian poha chivda | with 14 images. Poha Chivda is made from an assortment of ingredients ranging from poha, roasted urad dal and peanuts to cashews and curry leaves. This gives poha chivda a range of textures, while a choice of spice powders gives it a nice savoury aroma and flavour. Pop a spoonful into your mouth and savour the crunchiness of this delectable thin poha chivda snack! I always prefer to make snacks at home. Store bought or street bought snacks are cooked in inferior quality oil which causes inflammation of the body. This roasted poha chivda is not deep fried and hence a lot healthier than deep fried snacks. While it is perfect to have on a cold, rainy day, with a cup of chai , this versatile poha chivda snack is also light enough to enjoy on a hot summer’s day with a glass of juice, or to take along to school or office in a snack box! You can prepare a batch of this thin poha chivda and store it in an airtight container for a 10 to 15 days to relish it as and when you wish to. Looking for Indian travel food dry snacks, then this maharashtrian poha chivda is a perfect choice. When making roasted poha chivda, you need to take care. Dry roast the thin beaten rice on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring continuously. If you stir too much, the thin poha might break so, make use of a pan with handles and toast by shaking the pan. Enjoy maharashtrian poha chivda with detailed step by step photos and video below.
basundi | gujarati basundi | how to make basundi Gujarati basundi is a rich and delicious Gujarati mishtan of thickened milk, very similar to the North Indian rabdi, it is basically just boiling the milk in a thick bottomed pan till the milk is reduced. Almonds and pistachios add crunch to this rich , creamy basundi. Remember to keep scraping the sides of the vessel when cooking, as that will make the basundi thick and impart a real creamy texture. Use a flat spoon to scrape the vessel as it is more convenient than a round spoon. gujarati basundi can be served warm or chilled and tastes amazing with piping hot, deep-fried puris and Undhiyu. Come festivals like Raksha Bandhan, Janmashtami or Navratri, my father would start reducing the milk since 5 am for making basundi, so that the gas range would be free before my mother gets up and starts cooking the meal. Twist the authentic Basundi sweet recipe and make innovative Pineapple Basundi with fruity flavor. To fasten the cooking process, you can even make basundi with condensed milk that will get ready quickly. Aside from basundi, see our Gujarati sweet recipes like Golpapdi, Kopra Pak, Mohanthal. See our basundi | gujarati basundi | how to make basundi
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