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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 is one vegetable which is loved by one and all, it is rich, creamy and spicy all in one. . . Serve it hot with Chapatis or Cooked Rice to make a homely and satisfying meal. For more recipes using Baby Potatoes check out our collection which has recipes like Aloo Biryani , Potato and Peas Salad in Dill Curd Dressing , Sizzling Potatoes in Cheese Sauce , Tandoori Aloo , Tandoori Aloo Aur Baby Corn and many more. Enjoy how to make Dum Aloo recipe with detailed step by step photos and video below.
 by Tarla Dalal
The presence of the word Shahi always hints at the richness of a recipe. Indeed, the Shahi Pulao is a 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 rice preparation a rich aroma, taste and hue, veggies, pineapple and paneer give it a wonderful range of textures. Pineapple also gives the dish a juicy tanginess, which you are sure to enjoy. Self-contained with myriad flavours, this one-dish meal can be served with just a bowl of curds or raita .
 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 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 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 kheer. In temples, the kheer is cooked in large, heavy-bottomed bronze vessels, which gives it an even more intense flavour and richer texture.
 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
Pop a spoonful into your mouth and savour the crunchiness of this delectable snack! An assortment of ingredients ranging from poha and peanuts to cashews and curry leaves gives this Poha Chivda a range of textures, while a choice of spice powders gives it a nice savoury aroma and flavour. While it is perfect to have on a cold, rainy day, with a cup of chaai, this versatile 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 chivda and store it in an airtight container for a week to relish it as and when you wish to.
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 sweet. 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. It 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 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. The recipe with step by step photo is provided below. Check out more Gujarati mishtan recipes like Golpapdi, Kopra Pak, Mohanthal.
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