These spicy nuts are super simple to whip up and are very addictive! I don’t know about you, but salty crunchy things are to me or most Indians as gooey sugary tooth achingly sweet cinnamon rolls or doughnuts!
You can add any spice mix to these, some garam masala spice blend, cajun spice, chipotle pepper flakes, or some dry herbs like thyme, rosemary, dill.
I usually roast the nuts in a skillet on stove top as the heat can be controlled and they take just a few minutes. The nuts can also be bakes until golden.
1-1.5 cups nuts of choice (Cashews, pecans, walnuts, almonds, macadamia, pistachios etc)
1 teaspoon oil
1/2 teaspoon spice blend of choice like garam masala or chana masala spice blend (I used Chana masala/Chole spice blend , available in all Indian stores as chole masala)
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
black pepper or chili powder to taste
In a large skillet, add a teaspoon of oil and heat over low-medium.
When hot, add a cup of nuts(I used cashews, walnuts, pecans, almonds, pistachios), salt, black pepper and chana masala spice blend to taste, and mix to coat well.
Roast on stove stirring every few seconds for 8-10 minutes until cashews start to look golden.(Reduce heat to low after 6 or so minutes to reduce chances of burning)
Take off heat. The nuts will continue to roast for the next 2-3 minutes once off heat too. The Omega fats in the nuts can burn and damage easily, so roast them to just a light golden.
Cool completely, adjust salt and spice. Snack!
You can also bake these for about 12-15 minutes at preheated 330 degrees F. Stir once after 10 minutes and check on them. Oven temperatures vary, so keep the temperature on the lower side.
You can roast the nuts on stove or bake with no oil too, the spices and herbs might not stick as well.
For Variation: add a 1/4 cup of dried fruit like currant, cranberries or raisins after 5 minutes of roasting.
A bit about VSPCA.– Visakha Society for Prevention and Care of Animals.
Since 1996, the Visakha Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (VSPCA) has been hard at work, determined to improve the conditions for animals in India. The VSPCA works to stop the illegal trade in internationally-protected sea turtles, rescues cows and water buffalo too old or injured to be kept by their previous owners, as well as provides permanent happy sanctuary to hundreds of dogs, cats, birds, monkeys, horses, rabbits, tortoises, ducks and other animals who had been suffering severe abuse or neglect.
They also have a project for supplying Vegan meals for the poor. If you have a favorite cause, name it and they already do it or do a part of it. They recently opened a bigger kindness farm to house the ever growing number of animals in their care. You can read about their work, rating and testimonials from all over the world on their Testimonial page. I frequently meet up with Eileen who runs Help Animals India(501c3) in Seattle, which supports vspca. You will see her in some of the pictures at Vspca. They are truly an amazing organization and believe me, if I was flying right now, I would be there volunteering! Lets get this fundraiser working shall we!