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Chilli roasted cashew nuts

Written By Reena on 30 Dec 2009 | 05:00

This recipe for chilli roasted cashew nuts is the perfect snack for munching on new year's day while watching a Hollywood classic (I suggest Casablanca or All About Eve) and nursing a hangover.  The crunchiness of the cashews combine with the salt and spice to create a full flavoured snack that is scarily addictive.  Be warned - the recipe below is hot.  If you have an aversion to your mouth burning (in a good way) then reduce the quantities of chilli and black pepper.

Wishing you and your families a healthy, peaceful and happy 2010.

Serves 2 as a snack

  • 100 grams uncooked cashew nuts
  • 1/2 tablespoon light tasting vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees centigrade.
  2. Distribute the cashew nuts evenly on a baking tray.
  3. Roast the cashews for 8 minutes.
  4. In a large mixing bowl place the oil, salt, black pepper and chilli powder.  Mix well to create a paste.
  5. When the cashews are ready, add them to the mixing bowl and stir well to ensure they are all fully coated in the paste.
  6. Now return them to the baking tray and roast for a further 2 minutes.
  7. Let the cashews cool as they will have a slightly soft texture if eaten when warm.  
  8. Serve with beer (or cocktails for the more sophisticated).
Note:  These nuts can be stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks.


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  1. Thanks for the wonderful idea. Just got a pack of cashews from my sis.

  2. Curse you. I have exactly 100g of cashews and exactly 0g of will power.

    Also, this was exactly 100g of deliciousness!

  3. Ha ha! I'm sure that they are better for you than say chocolate...

    Glad you enjoyed them. Reena

  4. These look like a great snack! I love spicy snacks, and these do sound great with a cold beer!

  5. Thanks Reena. No curses for the new year. Mouth too full of cashews. :X

  6. I like that this makes a good and quick snack. Unfortunately I eat them with studying instead of with cocktails haha =)

  7. Hi Devi! Maybe you can have a cocktail to celebrate passing your exams? Good luck with the studying. Reena

  8. This was a great recipe! I love it! I'm going to make big batches of these to give to people as Christmas Presents :D

  9. Hi Shannie. Glad you enjoyed them - I love them too. I'm sure your friends and family will enjoy receiving them. Reena

  10. I don't have oven! How can heat 160 degree ? Have other ways?

  11. Hi Febil. Just dry roast them on your cooker and they will be fine! All the best. Reena

  12. Okkkk thanx reeeena...U posted this article two year before? Iam first commenter on current year hehehe....

  13. try roasting as said a few mins before add some desicated coconut and toast meanwhile some melted butter an ounce a good hand full of dryed crushed chilli mix and store in a jar warning they get hotter the longer they are stored

  14. Hi Anonymous. Thanks for the tip! Reena

  15. These look like a great snack! I love spicy snacks

  16. I tried to bake it, it turns our really amazing and tasty