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 Top 10 Delicious Cashew Nut, Kaju Recipes

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Top 10 Indian Cashew Nut, Kaju Recipes

Across the world people are waking up to the goodness of nuts; not only are they good to eat, they have a multitude of health benefits. Cashew nuts in particular are loaded with nutrients, and make a good addition to meals.

Freely available, the kidney-shaped nuts have a unique taste, and multifarious uses in the kitchen. Whether roasted, salted, sugared or covered in chocolate, the cashew nut, often used as a flavourful complement to appetisers, main dishes and deserts like Akhrot Kaju Sheera, packs a mix of nutrients and minerals not found in many common foods.

Cashew nuts are good sources of protein and fibre. They also contain significant amounts of phytochemicals with antioxidant properties that protect the body from cancer and heart disease.

Delicious Indian Cashew Nuts Recipes

1. The word Kaju brings to our mind Kaju Katli. A famous Indian mithai loved by people all over the country. The diamond shaped mithai is ready in just 15 minutes, though the sweet takes a few hours to set. Learn how to make it.

Kaju Katli, Kaju Katli RecipeKaju Katli, Kaju Katli Recipe

2. The Shahi Makhani Paneer makes use of this nut to thicken its gravy. As the name suggests is an ever-popular dish of succulent cottage cheese served in a buttery gravy. This is real treat for paneer fans when served with Butter Naan and Laccha Onions.

Makhani Paneer, Mughlai Makhani Paneer

Makhani Paneer, Mughlai Makhani Paneer

3. Most of us have seen those dainty Kaju Puri in the market. They are available in different sizes wrapped in yellow gelatin paper. You require a handful to ingredients like cashews, almonds, powdered sugar, saffron, butter, milk and cardamom powder to make this traditional mithai.

4. Have you heard of a Cashew Curry? It has a very simple tempering and the base is the Malvani gravy. Try it if you are in love with cashews.

Cashew Curry

Cashew Curry

5. Cashews always are an addition to make an Indian mithai more interesting. Carrot and Cashew Payasam is a classic example of this. Soaked cashews and carrots simmered in milk with sugar. Hints of cardamom powder further make add the desi touch.

6. Cashew Chikki is an all-time favourite. Made the right way, it lasts for a few days, so it can be carried along on a train journey to ensure you have a tasty and timely treat! Enhance your culinary skills by learning the art of making chikki.

7. Roasted Cashew nuts are easily available in the market. In fact, you get spicy cashews, herb cashews and so on… Learn how to make them in just 20 minutes. Keep a close watch while baking so they do not burn.

Roasted Cashew Nuts, Healthy Roasted Kaju

Roasted Cashew Nuts, Healthy Roasted Kaju

8. Try a good dessert for kids tiffin. Kaju Kopra Sheera, just got more tastier with the use of coconut-cashewnut combo rather than the usual wheat flour or rava sheera.

Kaju Kopra Sheera ( Tiffin Treats For Kids )

Kaju Kopra Sheera ( Tiffin Treats For Kids )

9. Kaju Mutter Masala is also a famous sabzi from the northern regions of India. Fried cashew nut pieces along with green peas in a tomato based gravy spiced up with famous Punjabi Garam Masala. Serve it with Plain Parathas.

Kaju Mutter Masala

Kaju Mutter Masala

10. Eggless Cashew Biscuits are quite pleasing as well if you are fond of sweets. Richness is truly personified in these biscuits. It is a crunchy treat with a sugar rush surely worth trying once. But beware of over-eating.

Cashew Biscuits, Eggless Cashewnut Biscuits

Cashew Biscuits, Eggless Cashewnut Biscuits

How to Store Cashew Nuts

Cashews are available in various forms: broken, shopped, paste, crushed, fried, powdered, and toasted. It is advisable to store cashews in an airtight container in a cool, dry place to avoid absorption of other food odours. While cashews will not last long at room temperature, they can last up to six months if refrigerated. 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 flavour.


top 10 indian cashew nut, kaju recipes

 by Tarla Dalal
Cashews in and out make this dish the super awesome treat that it is. Perfect for cashew lovers, the Kaju Mutter Masala features crispy cashews and soft green peas in a creamy, tangy, masaledar gravy. The gravy is quite rich, made of cashews, tomatoes, fresh cream and spice powders. While this recipe has a dash of ginger and garlic for added flavour, these two ingredients can be skipped to make a Jain-friendly version of this tasty dish. Also do try other sabzis with green peas like Mutter Paneer Butter Masala , Mushroom Mutter Makhani and Palak Mutter .
 by Tarla Dalal
The richness of this recipe resonates on your palate and in your memory long after you are done with the meal! With a creamy tomato-onion gravy as the base, this luxuriant curry features an exciting mix of ingredients such as mushrooms and lotus seeds. A generous dose of sautéed cashewnuts adds a nice crunch and flavour to the curry, making it a really special dish to place on the table. Relish the Cashew, Mushroom and Makhana Curry hot and fresh with naan or roti. Try other delicious recipes like the Khoya Makhana and the Stuffed Veg Mushrooms with Paneer .
 by Tarla Dalal
Both tendli and cashewnuts are favourites along the south-western coastal regions of india, especially in mangalore. Tendli cashewnut is an interesting subzi that combines both. Simply flavoured with just a seasoning of mustard seeds and red chillies, this recipe ensures that all the focus is on the tender veggie.
 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.
 by Tarla Dalal
It may sound odd and rather lavish to use cashews as a main ingredient in gravies, but because of the abundance of cashews in the region, cashew curry is a popular and common recipe in each malvani household! Also do try other curries using cashew like Cashew, Mushroom and Makhana Curry or Drumstick and Cashew Curry .
Makhani Paneer, as the name suggests is an ever-popular dish of succulent cottage cheese served in a buttery gravy. A paste of cashews, onions, tomatoes and other ingredients gives the makhani gravy its classic flavour, while ingredients like cream, curds and butter give it the creamy mouth-feel. We have used a dash of tomato ketchup to easily get an awesome aroma, taste and attractive hue. Dried fenugreek leaves are a must, to give the gravy a super duper aroma boost! Enjoy the Makhani Paneer hot and fresh with rotis off the tava. You can also try other paneer based subzis like Paneer Pasanda and Paneer Methi Chaman .
 by Tarla Dalal
Paneer has been one of the favorites with the Royal families of India for centuries. Creamy paneer made from thick milk can be a part of nearly any vegetarian preparation. This recipe is as delicious as it is simple to prepare. Loads of mava or reduced milk and Cashewnuts are used, giving the gravy a lovely richness. A blend of subtle spices is used that make this mouth-watering white gravy absolutely irresistible! Serve with Tandoori Roti , Punjabi Reshmi Paratha or Naan .
Kaju kopra sheera, just got more tastier with the use of coconut-cashewnut combo rather than the usual wheat flour or rava sheera. Set this yummy sheera on a thali and cut into interesting shapes…pack with another big snack and keep the energy levels going.
Soothing green peas and vibrant red tomatoes, what a striking combination that would be! Try this Matar Tamatar to discover the rich experience for yourself. Cooked with classic spices and a creamy cashew paste, this is indeed a rich preparation fit to pamper your loved ones. Though a seemingly common addition to the curry, the onion-ginger paste plays an important role in enhancing the flavour and balancing the aroma of this dish. When served with Parathas and other dishes like Paneer Amritsari , Dal Amritsari , Rice , Aam aur Chane ka Achaar , Boondi and Pomegranate Raita and Sweet Punjabi Lassi it makes a hearty meal.
Kovalam Matar is a semi-dry and semi-spicy subzi of green peas and tomatoes cooked with spice powders and a cashew paste. It is quite easy and quick to prepare and makes use of everyday ingredients, yet it has a rich and exotic feel because of the cashew-coconut paste and the juiciness of green peas. A garnish of coriander gives a fresh burst of flavour to this green peas subzi making it a delight to savour. Love green peas, then also do try other variations like Green Peas and Mint Soup , Green Peas Kheer , Green Peas Pancake , Green Peas Waffles and Green Peas Sandwich .
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