Savory Cashew Snack
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.
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|Prep Time||5 minutes|
|Cook Time||15 minutes|
- Dry roast cashews in a skillet on medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes until golden brown. Stir frequently to prevent burning.
- Add oil and stir to lightly coat all nuts with the oil. Continue to roast in the skillet for another 1-2 minutes.
- In a small bowl, mix the spices together and sprinkle across the cashews to coat. Do not place all the spices in one spot as it will be difficult to get the flavor evenly distributed.
- Remove from heat and serve.
Nutrition information per serving (1 ounce): 160 calories; 13 grams fat; 2 grams saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 200 mg sodium; 9 grams carbohydrate; 1 grams dietary fiber; 5 grams protein (values are approximate).