In the US and other countries, we might typically serve a cake or sweet such as my cinnamon almond biscotti with a cup of tea in the afternoon. In certain parts of India, it is common to serve a savory snack instead, such as these savory cashews with your tea in the afternoon. Cashews are grown in Kerala in southern India and are found in many parts of Indian cuisine.
Compared to some other nuts such as almonds, cashews have a higher amount of saturated fat and if you prefer, you can also make this snack using almonds or another type of nut.
Eating nuts and seeds as part of your healthy diet has been associated with better weight status in some research and may be helpful with the reduction of metabolic syndrome. Nuts are fairly high in calories (160 calories per ounce for cashews), so it is best to eat them in moderation like so many of the foods we enjoy.
This version of this snack is spicy. To tone it down, eliminate the cayenne pepper and start with a smaller amount of cumin powder and black pepper.