Chana Masala Spiced Roasted Nuts. vegan gluten-free snack!

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The past 4 days I have been mostly writing emails and getting things together for the Fund Raiser for VSPCA. Read more about VSPCA below the recipe on this post.

I am currently collecting items to Raffle. The Raffles will open on April 22 Earth Day. and continue for an entire month. Find more details and a daily updated list of items on the Fund Raiser Page. Scroll to somewhere in the middle of the page for the list.
** The fundraiser is now over **


These spicy nuts are super simple to whip up and highly, very highly addictive! I dont 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 really, some garam masala, cajun spice, thai curry or chipotle pepper flakes! or some dry herbs like thyme, rosemary, dill. The possibilities are.. endless...
How do you like your nuts.



Ingredients:
1-1.5 cups nuts of choice (Cashews, pecans, walnuts, almonds, macadamia, pistachios etc)
1 teaspoon oil
1/2 teaspoon spices of choice(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

Method:
In a wide pan, add a teaspoon of oil and heat on low-medium.
When hot, add a cup of nuts(I used cashews, walnuts, pecans, almonds, pistachios), salt, black pepper and chana masala spice 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 nest 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 it 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.


spicy!


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!



36 comments:

  1. What a beautiful cause. Look at those beautiful creatures...yes I mean the nuts and the animals. an I adopt the nuts and the animals? Thank you for doing this.

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    1. Sure Gigi. If you have place for like 1300 animals.. you sure can! :)

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  2. What a tasty snack and full of flavor! I could gobble a few bowls up right about now :)

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  3. If I had these right beside me right now, in five minutes I wouldn't anymore :P

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    1. i can totally see that happening:)

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  4. I am trying to find fun new snacks for my travels still, love this savory spice mixture! They sound delicious:-) Hugs, Terra

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    1. Thanks Terra. Yes these stay fresh for a while.. if they can stay untouched there for that long!:) Hugs back!

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  5. i too sometimes make nuts this way with the indian spices.

    such a beautiful cause. i am with you and support this fully.....

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    1. Thank you Dassana! Lets get the fundraiser rolling !

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  6. these sound like a fabulous snack! love it!

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  7. I love nuts any which way - they are my go to quick snack before working out!

    ...I am getting together a few ideas for the fundraiser, i haven't forgotten :)

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    1. Thanks Heather! I am sure you havent forgotten:)

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  8. what a nutri-licious idea for the family tea time snacks.

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  9. i've always been a fan of assorted nuts and these look amazing!

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    1. thanks Caitlin! These are super deliciousfor sure1

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  10. What a wonderful and healthy snack! Very tempting!

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  11. delicious inviting nuts.
    maha

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  12. i love roasted spicy nuts, its always the first one to get over at parties though i never used channa masala powder that sounds nice :) all the best for the fund raiser

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    1. Thanks you Deeps! the chana masala adds a fun spice.. not too sour like chaat masala and not too hot like garama masala

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  13. this is the perfect snack! I might become addicted to them

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    1. There is a very high chance that you will!:)

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  14. That looks like one incredible snack! I can't keep spiced nuts like this around the house, because they're far too addictive. I know I'd go through a whole batch in mere days, without any help!

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    1. Yes, true that!:) these dont last long. so i make smaller bowls and keep in different areas of the house. :)

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  15. This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing on Allergy-Free Wednesday!

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  16. Sweet! I'm looking for something salty to mix with M&Ms. :)

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  17. Have you thought about putting a cookbook together?I'd buy it :)

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    1. Thank you !:)) That is really sweet. I am counting all the cook book requests:) as soon as they hit a good number i'll write one. or maybe an ebook till then!:)

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  18. These look totally addictive! Was hard to tear my eyes away from the pictures :)

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  19. i will try that at my home............

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  20. Oh, we make something very similar at home every time there's a party and especially when there's going to be booze and cocktails going around! In our case its mostly peanuts and cashews quick-fried in chilli powder and amchoor, but I agree with you, they're so totally addictive! By the time dinner is served we're already filled to the brim with these nuts. :-D

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